Reading, United Kingdom
The University of Reading is ranked as one of the UKs 20 most research-intensive universities and as one of the top 200 universities in the world. We enjoy a world-class reputation for teaching, research and enterprise. Established as an extension college of Christ Church, Oxford in 1892, we received a Royal Charter in 1926, the only university to do so between the two world wars. Important achievements include being the first university to win the Queens Award for Export Achievement (1989) and receiving the Queens Anniversary Prize for Higher Education three times (1998, 2006 and 2009).
The quality and diversity of our research is recognised nationally and internationally, with a number of our researchers receiving awards for their work. We 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 work of over 600 University of Reading research active staff was submitted to the Higher Education Funding Council for England for the RAE (88% of our eligible staff), demonstrating the breadth and quality of research across the university.
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. These help to create an intellectually stimulating and richly resourced environment where people thrive.
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.
Established as a leading force in British higher education, we continue to build on our success. Our ambitious multi-million pound investment programme is delivering twenty-first century facilities, strengthening our international reputation for quality teaching, research and enterprise.
Health and welfare
Our 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. Additional facilities outside the NHS include the services of a consultant psychiatrist and a taxi service for students who feel too unwell to travel to the Health Centre.
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. Available to advise and support you throughout your studies, you will meet him/her within the first weeks of arriving at Reading and s/he will help you with any academic or personal difficulties that may affect your progress.
You may also turn to our academic advisers for support. These include Course Advisers and our Study Skills Advisers who provide open workshops on study methods as well as individual consultations, where appropriate. Our Study Adviser will also provide psychological testing for students with dyslexia or other learning problems. For new international students we provide cross-cultural support of all kinds through our Adviser to International Students.
English Language classes before you start your studies
If your English ability is not at the required standard (see English language requirements page) you may be asked to attend one of the Pre-sessional English courses. The course offers intensive preparation for academic study in English language and study skills and is about 20 hours per week. Courses start from April to September and vary in length depending on your ability. You will practise:
* writing academic essays, reports and examinations
* reading academic books and journals
* listening to lectures
* note-taking and other research skills
* participating in seminars and oral presentations
* word processing and other computing skills, including the use of Email and the Internet in academic study
Students with disabilities, disabling conditions or specific learning difficulties
The University of Reading welcomes applications from students with disabilities, and access to our courses is based on academic merit.
We are committed to ensuring that you will be able to take as full a part in the academic and social life on campus as reasonably possible, and have a dedicated Disability Office which acts as a link between students, academic staff, support services, Local Education Authorities (LEAs), Access Centres and expert advisers, as necessary. Please contact the Disability Office with queries relating to any disability, dyslexia, medical or mental health condition which significantly affects study.
University social life
An active social life is as much a part of university life as studying. Whether you play sport, enjoy a hobby, or want to get involved in the campus community, the University of Reading has plenty to offer. You will be spoilt for choice if your idea of fun is eating out, shopping, nightclubs, or film and theatre going. Events take place virtually every night on campus and the town is a short walk or ride away. There is something for everyone and you won't have to go far to find it.
Our 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. There are also over 100 clubs and societies catering for diverse interests, plus a student-run newspaper and radio station.
Reading itself offers some of the best retail and entertainment experiences in the Thames Valley. The Oracle Centre features over 80 shops, 28 bars and restaurants and a 10-screen multiplex. Its lively waterside setting is ideal for relaxing, but there are many more meeting places close by. Other local amenities include the Concert Hall, outdoor theatre and the Madejski Stadium, home to Championship football and the London Irish rugby team.
Host to the annual rock festival, Reading also has a vibrant live music scene. This takes in everything from classical to jazz and dance music. New venues attract thousands of weekend visitors, so the town is buzzing. With so much going on, you are guaranteed a great time.
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