The University of Reading is consistently one of the most popular higher education choices in the UK, and receives, on average, eight applications for every undergraduate place. Reading is in demand for many reasons including its innovative teaching fed by the latest research, the rich diversity of provision and the flexibility to combine courses or transfer from one programme to another. All of this is set against a highly supportive, state-of-the art learning environment.
A broad portfolio of full- and part-time degree programmes covers the arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences. The University also offers courses and research in such specialist areas as agriculture, construction management, horticulture, cybernetics, meteorology, real estate and typography, where there are few other national providers.
Many academic staff members are leading authorities in their fields, engaged in international research. Their calibre and commitment are major factors in the University's continually high performance in national assessments and league tables.
First-class resources support world-class teaching. Helping students to succeed are the University library containing over a million volumes; advanced computing and communications facilities; electronic media and communication tools in the Student Access to Independent Learning suite and online study resources via ‘Blackboard’, a virtual learning environment.
The University of Reading is ranked as one of the UK’s most research-intensive universities and as one of the top 1% universities in the world. It enjoys a world-class reputation for teaching, research and enterprise. Established as an extension college of Christ Church, Oxford in 1892, it 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 Queen’s Award for Export Achievement (1989) and twice receiving the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education (1998 and 2006).
Reading pursues an ambitious and innovative enterprise agenda. Over the last five years it has 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 expertise via government assisted Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs). These 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 the university interacts with enterprise day-to-day.Established as a leading force in British higher education, the University of Reading continues to build on success. An ambitious multi-million pound investment programme is delivering twenty-first century facilities, strengthening an international reputation for quality teaching, research and enterprise.
The University has planning permission to create the Thames Valley Science Park alongside the M4. Work is due to start in 2016.
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