The University of Reading is ranked in the top 20% of world institutions and is ranked 29th in the UK (QS World Rankings 2020). It is a global University that enjoys a world-class reputation for teaching, research and enterprise.
The University was established in 1892, received its Royal Charter in 1926, and has developed into a leading force in British and international higher education with a global alumni network of over 150,000 members worldwide. 84% of our students are satisfied with their experience at Reading.
We deliver a world-class student experience, research-led teaching and our graduate employability record is excellent. We are committed to maintaining a supportive, challenging and high-quality experience for students and staff alike and to preserving the heritage and beauty of some of the most beautiful university campuses in the UK. If you are considering joining us at Reading as a member of staff or student you can be sure of a very warm welcome.
98% of our research is of an international standing and we are 19th in the UK for research intensity.
A broad range of courses are offered, including specialist areas of archaeology, agriculture, construction management, horticulture, cybernetics, meteorology, business, real estate and typography.
Many of our departments are ranked in the top 20 in the UK, including Agriculture & Forestry, Food Science, Land & Property Management and Earth and Marine Sciences. We are leading the way in multidisciplinary work in Health and Life Sciences, having recently completed construction of a £50 million state-of-the-art purpose-built teaching and research facility.
The University is now a four-time winner of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education, winning in 1998, 2006, 2009 and 2012.
In 1989 the University of Reading became the first university to win the Queen’s Award for Export Achievement.
Henley Business School is one of the only business schools worldwide to hold triple-accredited status. ICMA Centre, a part of Henley Business School, is a world renowned centre, which specialises in the practical application of finance theory. Henley’s MSc Finance degree is in the top 10 degrees in the UK.
The University of Reading is located in the South-East of England and has excellent transport links. Reading's railway station is within only 25 minutes from London Paddington by high speed train, as well provides regular services to and from other cities around the UK. There are direct services to and from both London Heathrow and London Gatwick Airports.