University of Reading

At Reading we pursue an ambitious and innovative enterprise agenda. Over the last five years we have enjoyed considerable success in collaborative research partnerships, delivering over 1200 projects. Other services in demand are consultancy, technology transfer and intellectual property licensing. Enterprise also taps into our expertise via government assisted Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs). Our close links with business and industry are evident right across the University. Collaborative research projects, the creation of spin-out companies and graduate placement schemes are just some of the many ways we interact with enterprise day-to-day.

Short Courses

Business & Management (1)
Computer Science & IT (1)



The University of Reading is ranked as one of the UK’s 20 most research-intensive universities and as one of the top 200 universities in the world. They enjoy a world-class reputation for teaching, research and enterprise. Established as an extension college of Christ Church, Oxford in 1892, they received a Royal Charter in 1926, the only university to do so between the two world wars.


Reading is consistently one of the most popular higher education choices in the UK. Our unusually broad portfolio of full- and part-time degree programmes covers the arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences. We regularly update our programmes as new ideas emerge and industry needs change and are involved with four national Centres for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.First-class resources support world-class teaching. Our ongoing investment in high-quality teaching and learning facilities ensures our academic staff and students can achieve their full potential. We provide extensive resources from libraries and computing to language labs and wireless networking.


The quality and diversity of the research is recognised nationally and internationally, with a number of the researchers receiving awards for their work. They are home to several centres of excellence and conduct world-class research across a broad range of disciplines. The Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008 results confirm the standing of the University of Reading as a research-intensive university. Published in December 2008, the outcomes recognise over 87% of the university's research to be of international standing.

University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.


Student services

  • Study support
As a new student at Reading, you will be assigned a Supervisor, if you are a postgraduate research student, or a Personal Tutor, if you are a masters or undergraduate student. S/he will support you in your studies and help you with academic or personal problems.Your Personal Tutor is one of the most important people you will meet during your studies at Reading. He or she will normally be a member of the academic staff of your Department and will help you to settle into Reading and make the most of your time here.

Housing services

The University provides a wide range of comfortable and affordable accommodation choices, all of which is located either on the main Whiteknights campus or within easy walking distance. Their accommodation takes the stress out of moving away from home, as they offer all inclusive rent, as well as different room types, catering options and residency periods.

Library services

At Reading, the University Library and Collections Services provide vital support for students, researchers and staff, complementing academic activities. They arrange access to the world of information – whether online, multimedia or in print – and the training and support to exploit it to the full. Come and make the most of them!

ICT services

IT provides help and advice with using computer software and hardware.

  • On-line forms provide a quick way to apply for services.
  • Training in the use of common software is available from IT.
  • Open access PC and Unix workstation facilities are available on-campus.
  • The software list is a quick way to locate software on central computing facilities.
  • The University also provides options for storing files.

Medical services

The Health Centre provides comprehensive medical care for students under the National Health Service (NHS) and also provides a fully-equipped dental surgery. The Practice is a ten-minute walk from the centre of the main Whiteknights campus and has a dedicated staff of doctors, nurses and supporting ancillary staff, providing all aspects of a general practice.

Student Life

Campus life

The popular and award-winning Students' Union organises a generous calendar of events including live bands, DJs and comedy nights. As well as bars, eating places, a games area and shops, it boasts a state-of-the-art nightclub, '3Sixty'. This is ranked as one of the top UK university entertainment venues.

Sports facilities

Sport is an ideal way to keep fit, have fun and make new friends during your studies. The University of Reading is a great place for sports enthusiasts, with some of the best-equipped facilities of any UK university and has almost 50 clubs. Whether you're competing at a national level or play sports recreationally, the first-class sports facilities have everything you need.

Student clubs

There are also over 100 clubs and societies catering for diverse interests, plus a student-run newspaper and radio station.

Reading, England, United Kingdom