University of Reading

  • Entry Standards Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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  • Student-Staff Ratio Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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  • Research Quality Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    3.03 / 4.00
  • Academic Services Spend Academic Services Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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  • Student Satisfaction Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    4.09 / 5.00
  • Facilities Spend Facilities Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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  • Graduate Prospects Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    70.2 / 100.0
  • Degree Completion Degree Completion

    The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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    92.2 / 100.0
  • Good Honours Good Honours

    The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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    80.6 / 100.0


  • The University of Reading boasts over 150 years of history, with origins as a University of Oxford extension college.
  • The original Schools of Art and Science were established in 1860 and 1870.
  • The university received its Royal Charter in 1926; the only university to do so between the two world wars.
  • In 1947 the university purchased the beautiful Whiteknights campus, the former estate of the Marquess of Blandford.
  • In 2008, the university merged with Henley Management College to create the Henley Business School as a key part of the university.

Location and Transport

  • Reading is only 30 minutes from central London and 40 minutes from Heathrow.
  • The university offers the best of all worlds in terms of location: a safe green campus, a buzzing town on the doorstep, and London close by.
  • Reading is perfectly placed for strong employer links: it lies at the heart of the Thames Valley in south east England, and is a hub for leading international firms including BG Group and Oracle.
  • Reading town centre is within walking distance of the university’s Whiteknights and London Road campuses.
  • Buses between town and campus run up to every seven minutes, 24/7.
  • From the recently expanded mainline rail station in the town centre, trains run from Reading throughout the UK.
  • Reading sits beside the M4 motorway, which connects London with South Wales. International airports Heathrow and Gatwick are also within easy reach.

Entry Requirements

  • To find out more about entry requirements at Reading visit our website.

Student Mix

The 14,325 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 67%
  • Postgraduate 33%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 88%
  • Part Time 12%


  • UK 73%
  • EU 6%
  • Other 21%

Student gender

  • Male 41%
  • Female 59%

Course Flexibility

  • We offer more than 200 courses, in arts, humanities, business, social science and science. 
  • Our degree programmes are designed to give you more choice in what you study and how you study it.
  • The modular structure of our courses means you can specialise in the areas that interest you most, while still developing core subject knowledge. 
  • Many joint degrees are available, so if you are interested in two related subjects, why not see if you can combine them?
  • Whichever course you choose at the University of Reading, you'll have the option to do a placement.​ Over 50% of our undergraduates choose to do a placement year as part of their degree; others carry out a shorter internship or gain work experience in their own time.
  • Most degree programmes allow study abroad, so you could spend between a term and a year of your degree at one of our numerous partner institutions.

Teaching Standards

  • At the University of Reading, you’ll enjoy the very best education, delivered by academics with a rare passion for their subject, backed by a range of outstanding resources.
  • Our focus on cutting-edge research – covering subjects from climate change to heart disease – not only has a direct impact on the wider world, but also impacts on your learning. If our academics make a discovery one day, you could hear about it in the lecture theatre the next.
  • There is one-to-one academic support available when you need it.

Research Standards

  • 98% of University of Reading research is internationally recognised according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. 78% of our research is classed as internationally excellent and 27% of our research is world leading. This confirms our place as a world-leading research-intensive university.
  • The REF places the University of Reading 19th in the UK by research intensity (a measure of quality adjusted by the proportion of researchers submitted), and 27th in the UK by research power (out of 154 submitted institutions). Research power recognises both the quality and quantity of research submitted into the exercise.

Academic Strengths

  • We have won the Queen's Anniversary Prize four times: for work on early modern staging, meteorology, archaeology and typographic research.
  • Our Department of Meteorology was awarded a prestigious Regius Professorship by HM The Queen in 2013. The department is recognised as one of the most outstanding of its kind in the world.
  • Key thematic research strengths in the five areas of: environment; food; health; prosperity and resilience; and heritage and creativity.
  • Specific areas of strengths as recognised in the national Research Excellence Framework 2014 include: agriculture; food science; meteorology; environmental science; architecture, the built environment and planning; business and management; typography; archaeology; and classics.

Undergraduate Courses

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Student Facilities

  • One of the best things about the University of Reading is campus life – your chance to enjoy a safe and beautiful environment and a community atmosphere, with everything you want on the doorstep. But step off campus and there’s even more to discover: a buzzing town, with great nightlife and world-class shops; historic towns and stunning English countryside in easy reach; and the many attractions of London just half an hour away by train.
  • Our main Whiteknights campus is set in 130 hectares of beautiful parkland. It’s the real heart of University life: a green and welcoming place in which to study, live and relax, with a true sense of community and everything you need on your doorstep.

Campus facilities include:

  • Free wi-fi right across campus and halls.
  • Study areas – our lecture halls, classrooms, e-IT suites and the library are all within easy reach of each other.
  • Halls – most first years live in halls, located either on campus or very nearby.
  • A large central library which is undergoing a spectacular refurbishment.
  • A wide range of shops – the general store is the largest student union shop in the UK, selling everything from stationery to food. The Student Union building at the centre of campus includes a bookshop, oriental food store and hairdresser, along with mail and binding services.
  • The Student Union is also home to Café Mondial, Mojo’s bar and our award-winning nightclub, 3sixty.
  • The Reading Film Theatre is also on campus showing a range of independent, art-house and foreign language films (subtitled in English) as well as the occasional blockbuster.
  • Places to eat – you’ll find a wide range of places to grab a bite to eat or a coffee on campus, including Dol.cHe Vita, our modern espresso bar and Index Café, which serves great coffee and fresh leaf tea in the Henley Business School.
  • Health services – the university medical practice and dental surgery are a short walk from campus and you can register quickly and easily on campus in your first week.
  • Safety and security – we have a number of initiatives to keep you safe, both in halls and on campus. This includes a chaperone service to keep you safe when walking across campus at night. Regular security patrols and a dedicated emergency number mean you can relax and concentrate on your studies.

If you need to speak to someone about any issue at all – from practical needs and questions, to making the adjustment to living away from home, to worries about missing a deadline – there are various people you can contact, including:

  • Your personal tutor, who can offer you private, one-to-one support and advice from the moment you arrive.
  • The student advice centre, which has a helpdesk right in the centre of campus with trained staff available every weekday.
  • Your hall staff wardens, who are friendly, experienced and always nearby.
  • A range of additional support to help you apply and get settled in if you’re an international student, plus sector-leading support to develop your English language skills.
  • Maths support – many courses draw on maths skills that you might not have used since school. If you’re feeling rusty, the dedicated Mathematics Support Centre can help with numeracy and a range of maths topics, one-to-one or via email.

The library has recently undergone a huge refurbishment. It is open 24 hours a day during term time, and gives you access to:

  • More than 1 million books.
  • Around 35,000 e-journals.
  • A fully equipped IT suite.
  • Group discussion spaces.
  • Quiet and silent areas.

Disability Services

  • If you have a disability, long-term medical condition, mental health issue or learning difficulty, our Disability Advisory Service can provide you with confidential advice and guidance at every stage, from now right through to the completion of your studies.
  • If you have specific questions you can contact the Disability Advisory Service by emailing

Students' Union

  • Reading University Students’ Union (RUSU) is run by students, for students, and provides facilities, entertainment and opportunities to help you make the most of your time at university.
  • RUSU is one of the country’s top 10 students’ unions (National Student Survey 2015) with 85% overall satisfaction.
  • The Students’ Union champions your voice, ensuring all students are represented and leading campaigns on the things that are important to you.
  • RUSU runs over 100 societies and 50 sports clubs, as well as offering hundreds of inspiring volunteering projects and a student-run newspaper, radio station and online TV channel.
  • It is also home to Café Mondial, Mojo’s Bar and our award-winning nightclub 3sixty, bookshop, oriental food store, hairdresser, letting agent and mail and binding services.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • There is a dedicated job shop for Reading students on campus which advertises part-time vacancies. The job shop is open term time from 10am–4pm.
  • Many of the vacancies advertised offer great CV points and development opportunities as well as the chance to earn money.
  • Plenty of work is available on campus.
  • The University Job Shop is part of the Careers, Placement and Experience Centre and is dedicated to helping students find part time and vacation work, on campus or locally in the Reading Area. Our friendly, professional staff can help you find a suitable job to match your skills and interests, and support you with applications, CVs and help prepare you for interviews.
  • Our location in the prosperous south east region means that there are many part-time jobs on offer.

Careers Guidance

The range of employability support on offer from the Careers Centre includes:

  • Professional careers consultants who can provide you with specialist and personalised advice, including CV-checking and mock interviews.
  • Dedicated placements officers to support and train you in preparation for your placement.
  • Student experience and development schemes to help you boost your employability.
  • Online resources, including free videos and assessment tools.
  • A full events calendar to help you explore your options, build professional skills and meet employers.
  • A dedicated recruitment service exclusively for University of Reading students – My Jobs Online. You can access this service from the September before you arrive giving you a headstart on finding a part-time job in the area.
  • An onsite Job Shop to help you find part-time or vacation work.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • Between 2016 and 2019 our library will undergo a £40m redevelopment and refurbishment. This will provide increased study seating capacity, improve wheelchair accessibility, expand cafe spaces and reduce energy emissions by 40%.
  • The first phase of the Thames Valley Science Park construction – situated south of the M4 – is expected to finish in 2017. Once completed, it will be the biggest dedicated science business park in the region and one of the largest in the south east, with the potential to employ 5,000 people.
  • Redevelopment of the 'Old Library' – an iconic building on our historic London Road campus that is due to become the interim home of the new School of Architecture – is due for completion in time for the start of the autumn term 2016. Students will have 24-hour access to dedicated studio spaces and cutting-edge facilities, including 3D printing and an associated workshop.
  • Our stunning University of Malaysia campus opened in EduCity@Iskandar during February 2016. Its breathtaking design was shortlisted for a World Architecture Festival award in 2013.
  • Our Students’ Union’s social spaces have undergone a £1.2m transformation to create a bigger, more versatile area
  • Designed to meet Football Association specifications, the £3m Bulmershe Pavilion was opened in October 2015. It is used by University teams during the week and community clubs during weekends.
  • The Bridges hall accommodation development was completed in 2014 marking the final stage in a £276m investment in Reading's student accommodation. This follows the opening of Mackinder and Stenton halls in 2010, and Childs hall in 2012.

Notable Alumni

  • Michael Rosen – broadcaster and former Children's Laureate.
  • Cornelia Parker, OBE – sculptor and installation artist, Turner prize nominee.
  • David Watkins – designer of the London 2012 Olympics medals.
  • Jamie Cullum – jazz musician and Radio 2 presenter.
  • Linda Bennett OBE – founder of LK Bennett, Entrepreneurs’ Entrepreneur award winner 2009.
  • Professor Peter Crane – former Director of Royal Botanic gardens, Kew.
  • Nicky Kinnaird MBE – founder of Space NK cosmetics.
  • Dr David Williams - former Chief Executive of the UK Space Agency.
  • Belay Ejigu Begashaw – Earth Institute of Columbia University and former Minister of Agriculture for Ethiopia.
  • Dr Christie Peacock – former Chief Executive, FARM-Africa, and Sidai Africa founder.
  • Professor Li Shirong – President, Chartered Institute of Building, China.
  • John Simpson OBE – former Chief Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary.
  • Adrienne Cahalan - yachtswoman (first woman to break the record for the fastest time around the word in any type of boat).
  • James Cracknell OBE - rower, Olympic gold medallist.

Further Details

Address University of Reading Whiteknights PO Box 217 Reading Berkshire RG6 6AH
UCAS Code R12
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