Technology giant Thales brings new academic research focus to Reading

PhD showcase 1 2 webThe global technology giant moved to Reading in 2018 and has announced it intends to make its Reading's Green Park headquarters a centre for industry and academic research on exciting new technologies.

During a showcase day on November 28 2018, Thales, the University of Reading and other universities gave a rare glimpse into the future of technology, displaying new concepts in cyber security, autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence, space propulsion and submarine sonar.

A global leader in the markets of aerospace, transport, cyber security, space and digital technologies, Thales in the UK employs 6,500 people across 10 major sites.


PM addresses employees at Green Park webBritish Prime Minister Theresa May opened the Reading facility in February 2018, which has brought 500 skilled jobs to the area, with a capacity for a further 100. 

Thales invests in long-term academic research partnerships with universities across the world to ensure its expertise and customer-focused technologies remain cutting edge. Green Park is now one of the company’s five global centres designed to focus on research and technology –spending around £70m annually on R&T in the UK.



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Thales partners with 22 leading UK universities and sponsors 43 PhD doctoral students.

Thales UK’s Chief Scientist Matt Ball said:“This is our first academic showcase event in the UK. It is fitting that we are holding the event at our new Reading headquarters because Green Park is all about innovation and strengthening academic partnerships for the future. It is positive news both for Thales’s collaboration with universities and for the Thames Valley region."


Thales UK - 350 Longwater Avenue, Green Park, Reading, RG2 6GF

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