The University of Reading was awarded its charter in 1926. It is in the top 1% of universities in the world - a 'red brick' university with three of the most beautiful campuses in the UK. We are a research-intensive university with nearly 90% of our research deemed to be of international standing. We currently have 17,040 students from 141 different nationalities and nearly 4,000 members of staff.
Reading in the league tables
Reading is in the top 1% of universities in the world (of which there are approximately 9,000) - Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2012-13.
|Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2012-13||176th|
|Guardian University Guide 2014||38th|
|Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2014||35th|
Complete University Guide 2013
10 subjects in the top 10
|Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2013||33rd|
Nearly 90% of the University's research was rated as being of international standing (Research Assessment Exercise 2008).
Over the last year, we have been awarded over £30 million in external research grant income, of which 63% is from Research Councils. Our total research income over the last year has been over £50 million.
Our Henley Business School is of the world's few business schools to hold triple-accredited status and is ranked 38th in the world by the FT Executive Education rankings 2013.
There are currently over six applications for every place at Reading. Once our students are here, we provide excellent teaching, facilities and support, to allow each student to achieve their full potential.
Reading has a community atmosphere - the distinctive student experience and provision of close student support makes it a great place to study. Since the merger with Henley Business School, the course portfolio now ranges from BAs to MBAs, and state-of-the-art facilities combined with beautiful campuses make for a superior learning experience.
We are a global university with 17,040 students from 141 different nationalities.
Number of students
Level of study
Number of students
National Student Survey (NSS) - satisfaction survey of final year undergraduates
The University consistently ranks in the top quartile of UK universities for student satisfaction in the NSS.
In the latest survey (2013), 89% of our undergraduate students were satisfied with the quality of their course well above the sector average of 86%.
90% of our students found their course intellectually stimulating.
Two individual departments (Soil Science and Archaeology) received 100% satisfaction rates - among 18 of our departments that achieved overall satisfaction scores of 90% and above.
Destination of Reading First Degree Graduates 2011
70% of 2011 Reading graduates are in graduate level work or further study.
Percentage of students
|Full-time paid work||55%|
|Part-time paid work||8%|
|Voluntary work/unpaid work||2%|
|Work and study||7%|
|Not available for employment||3%|
Tuition fees at Reading, which are only paid after graduation when you are earning more than £21,000, will be £9,000 for full-time UK and EU undergraduate students starting their studies in 2012/13 (subject to the approval of our Access Agreement by the Office for Fair Access - OFFA). If you are a full-time student studying on your first higher education course, you can get a government loan for your tuition fees.
In addition to the Government's Tuition Loan, Living Costs Loans (available to all full-time students) and Living Cost Grants (available for full-time students whose household income is less than £42,600), in 2012/13 the University of Reading will support its students by redistributing 25% of tuition fee income, around £5.5 million, as follows:-
- Up to £16,000 Fee waiver £3,000 / Cash bursary £1,000
- £16,001 - £25,000 Fee waiver £2,000 / Cash bursary £1,000
- £25,001 - £42,000 Cash bursary £500
- Early Years Foundation Degree 50% fee waiver
- A range of travel bursaries will also be available
Recent campus builds include a new student services centre and business school, £100 million on new halls and redevelopment programme, a refurbished sports centre, and catering hubs to make eating on the go easier. A new £11 million purpose-built home for film, theatre and television opened in the centre of the campus in spring 2011.
Our main Whiteknights campus is set in 130 hectares of beautiful parkland.
Accommodation comprises both self-catered and catered halls, and all first-years who apply before the advertised deadlines are guaranteed a place in University accommodation. Costs range from about £72 (self-catered) to £184 (catered en suite) a week.