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.
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.
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!
IT provides help and advice with using computer software and hardware.
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.
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.
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.
There are also over 100 clubs and societies catering for diverse interests, plus a student-run newspaper and radio station.
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