Why study at Reading?
When you become a student with us, you will be joining an institution that is in the top 1% of the world's universities, according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2012. This position reflects our academic reputation and commitment to delivering an excellent all-round education. We have been an international university for more than a century and continue to offer degrees that are highly regarded by employers throughout the world.
Choosing Reading ensures you will remember your university experience forever. Our students receive a stimulating, challenging and supportive academic experience alongside a fulfilling and enjoyable social life. This is reflected in Reading being ranked in the top 25% of higher education institutions in the UK for the quality of the student experience. Graduates gave Reading courses an 88.5% satisfaction rating in the National Student Survey 2012, ensuring that the University maintains its consistent success in the annual survey of student satisfaction.
It is really important to us that your experience at Reading is a positive one and we are committed to providing you with the very best and most supportive environment in which to live and study.
The University's 'environment on campus' is the best in the UK according to the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2012. From the beautifully green Whiteknights and Greenlands campuses, to the newly refurbished historic London Road campus situated in the heart of town, Reading offers the ideal environment in which to live and study.
Our parkland Whiteknights campus was voted as the most highly rated university green space in 2012's Green Flag People's Choice Award. Judges were impressed by the 134-hectare site which contains wooded areas, open meadows, lake, and county standard sports pitches, all surrounding a central hub of key buildings which form the heart of the University where students meet and socialise.
Our Greenlands campus, situated on the banks of the Thames near Henley, is truly stunning and an apt location for one of the top business schools in Europe. Greenlands is used by the University's Henley Business School as the base for its MBA and corporate learning. We were delighted to welcome Her Majesty the Queen onto Greenlands' beautifully manicured lawns during the summer of 2012, as the campus was chosen as a venue for one of the region's Diamond Jubilee Celebrations.
The University's Institute of Education, one of the leading providers of teacher training in the UK, recently relocated to its new £30 million home at the historic London Road campus, which was one of the University's original sites.
Our campuses are renowned throughout the student world. All three boast outstanding facilities, but each has their own unique atmosphere.
State-of-the-art study facilities (including laboratories, theatres and a well-resourced library), new halls of residence, outstanding support services, cafés and bars are all centrally located on Whiteknights.
We are proud to have several Olympians amongst our alumni but you don't have to be an expert to get involved in sport at Reading. Whether you want to train in our state-of-the-art fitness studio, take a dance class in one of our specialist exercise studios or play 5-a-side football with friends in our SoccerPark, the University's SportsPark offers something for everyone. We also have an outstanding boathouse facility on the River Thames with on site rowers' fitness gym and professional coaching led by our Director of Rowing.
Reading University Students' Union (RUSU) is the 6th best student union in the UK (National Student Survey 2012). RUSU has a strong reputation for innovation and its strong relationship with the University has led to joint initiatives like the volunteer accreditation programme and projects promoting work in key areas like advice, work, childcare and sport. There are over 100 sports clubs and societies to get involved with, as well as the student newspaper (Spark*), online TV channel (RU:ON) and radio station (Junction 11).
In the last ten years the RUSU building has undergone significant redevelopment, most notably the refurbishment of the 3sixty night club, and creation of the 'Hub' which is home to RUSU's Student Officers, as well as a number of shops and eating outlets. Also a purpose built nursery opened in September 2009 for use by University students and staff.
Choosing Reading will mean you learn from the best teachers, experience innovative teaching methods, have a variety of options due to the diversity and flexibility of our courses, and receive strong support in your studies. Our unusually broad portfolio of full and part-time degree programmes covers the arts, humanities, sciences and business.
When combined with our superb academic staff, many of whom are leading authorities in their fields and engaged in international research, it's easy to see why the University of Reading is consistently one of the most popular higher education choices in the UK.
Whether you would prefer a campus or city location for your studies, Reading gives the best of both worlds. Situated in the Royal County of Berkshire, Reading and its surrounds offer students a wonderfully diverse and vibrant place to live with easy access to London (25 minutes by train), Heathrow airport (35 minutes by bus) and the stunning southern counties of England.
Reading's thriving town centre is a short walk or bus ride away from the University's Whiteknights and London Road campuses. A leading shopping destination, in Reading you'll discover two big shopping centres, side streets and arcades with small quirky shops and cafes, a host of coffee shops, traditional pubs, bars and nightclubs and a 10 screen cinema. It's also the home of the world-famous three-day Reading Festival, which attracts over 87,000 music fans each year.
The town, which has a population of 235,000, has a proud history of welcoming people from across the globe and international students often comment on its friendly multicultural vibe and homely feel. A large percentage of our graduates choose to stay in Reading because the number of employment opportunities available, and Reading's strong community spirit - the 2012 Good Growth for Cities report placed Reading in the top two towns and cities in the country enjoying economic growth and well being.
The University of Reading is a world-class research intensive university with research strengths strongly aligned to resolving issue of global importance such as climate change, heart disease and food security, meaning you will be taught by leading experts in their field.
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.
A degree from the University of Reading is held in great esteem by potential employers. This year we matched 2011's graduate employability results which were the best for a decade, with 92% of our graduates describing themselves as being in work, voluntary or unpaid work or further study. These latest figures show that Reading is above the sector average.
The current economic climate means it is essential that students receive the skills, support, opportunities and experiences to succeed after graduation, as having the right qualifications is often only half the answer. The Careers Centre is dedicated to enhancing and promoting the employability, careers and educational prospects of Reading students to help them achieve their goals.
There are a huge range of opportunities available to current students and recent graduates to help you make the most out of your time at Reading and give you the best possible start in your career. These include: placement and work experience opportunities for students from all disciplines, volunteering programmes, careers workshops, recruitment fairs and a Job Shop to help you find part-time employment in Reading.
Our first international student joined us from Kenya in the early 1900s. Today we have over 6,000 students on campus from outside the UK, so when you come to Reading you will be joining a vibrant cosmopolitan community offering a wealth of different perspectives and friendships.
Whilst with us, you can choose to gain experience abroad with one of many international partner institutions or take up a language as part of your course to enhance your CV.
In 2015, we are opening a new campus in Malaysia to which we are looking forward to welcoming students from Malaysia and across the world where they will benefit from a world-class student experience. Students will be able to study a range of subjects including business, law, sustainable construction, chemistry and pharmacy, and have the ability to complete their course in both Malaysia and the UK.
Many people see graduation as the end point of their university career, but at Reading the community doesn't end there. At Open Days we regularly meet generations of the same family who have studied with us and are now introducing the next generation.
Word-of-mouth recommendation is commonplace and over 100,000 Reading graduates - our alumni - stay in touch from across the globe even after they have left, contributing to fundraising campaigns and supporting the Reading students of the future.