The University of Reading was established in 1892 as an extension college of Oxford University and granted its Royal Charter in 1926. It has positioned itself as a globally connected institution with a reputation for high quality research and teaching. Reading placed 28th among UK universities and 229 overall in the QS World University Rankings 2023 and achieved top 50 status in 7 of the 17 categories in the Times Higher Education (THE) Global Impact Rankings 2022.
The university has around 5,000 international students. A strong sense of community is fostered through clubs and societies, an impressive selection of sports and leisure facilities, and an extensive range of support services that begin with pre-arrival and welcome events and extend throughout the time spent studying.
Students can choose from approximately 500 undergraduate and postgraduate courses, and 98 percent of the research conducted at the institution has been internationally recognised (REF 2021). The university strives to be at the cutting-edge of advances in teaching and learning, encouraging a collaborative and innovative environment. To help with funding and in recognition of academic achievement, Reading offers a comprehensive scholarships programme for students at all levels.
Investments totalling over GBP 500 million have been dedicated to the university's campus over recent years, focusing on facilities across the site - from research and teaching space to accommodation and recreation. The complete refurbishment of the library and opening of a new Health and Life Sciences building are among the major developments that have been completed. The latest project is a global creative media and film hub, reflecting the university's collaboration with external partners.
The University of Reading is committed to attracting the brightest minds, providing an environment that pushes back the boundaries of knowledge and in which everyone is given the opportunity to flourish.