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The University of Reading is a global university that enjoys a world-class reputation for teaching, research and enterprise. Established in 1892, we received our Royal Charter in 1926, and we have developed into a leading force in British and international higher education.

We have a global presence – with our Whiteknights and London Road campuses in Reading, Henley Business School at our Greenlands campus in Henley-upon-Thames, Henley Business School (South Africa) in Johannesburg, and the University of Reading Malaysia in Iskandar. The University is equally very proud to be part of the town, looking to make a valuable contribution to the local area and work in close partnership with local and regional businesses and community organisations.

We have been ranked within the top 200 universities worldwide (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016/17 and QS World University Rankings 2018) and 98% of our research is rated as being of international standing. As a result, the University is already a key partner for businesses of all sizes, from multinational corporations to growing, innovative SMEs – through ventures such as the Thames Valley Science Park which opens its doors at the end of 2017 and the Institute of Environmental Analytics which seeks to bridge the innovation gap between scientific research and commercial exploitation with regard to climate and environmental change.

The School of the Built Environment (Construction Management and Engineering and Architecture) is pleased to have helped lead the methodology and thinking behind the Reading 2050 vision. We would like to thank all who have contributed their time and energy to the project, including academic colleagues from other schools and research centres at the University. We hope that this vision inspires everyone in Reading to become more involved in helping shape and carry forward the vision to 2050.

Key contacts: 

Professor Tim Dixon

Building on his other work with cities in the UK, Tim, who is based in the School of the Built Environment, has helped not only to develop the research methods and written reports which have brought the vision to fruition, but also other related projects and bids, which will help embed smart and sustainable thinking in Reading. 

Professor Lorraine Farrelly

Lorraine is Foundation Professor in Architecture at the University and has helped embed the Reading 2050 project in local and regional architectural education and professional practice, through such emerging projects as the Reading ‘Urban Room’, which includes a 3D physical model. 



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