Record number of students apply to Reading
Release Date 30 January 2012
Almost 20,000 people have applied to come to study at the University of Reading on undergraduate courses in 2012, an increase of 10% on applications for 2011 and well ahead of the national trend. Competition for places is strong with over six applications per place and an increase in predicted A Level grades for Reading applicants.
The University remains a popular place to study and applications compare very favourably with application trends at most other peer research-led universities in the Russell Group and 1994 Group of research-intensive universities.
Sir David Bell KCB, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Reading; commenting on the increase in applications to the University said: "Successful students joining our University this autumn will be joining a university ranked among the world's top 1% with a strong reputation for both research and teaching. We provide an environment that will stretch and challenge students to ensure they achieve their potential and are ready for the world after university. Life at Reading is also about joining a real community; our students play an active role in university life as well as in the life of Reading itself."
The University organises a number of central and departmental Visit Days over the next few months for offer holders, which are a great way to meet teaching staff, find out about their research interests, course modules and the facilities in the department and wider university.
In the past few years, the University has invested over £400 million in new state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities on campus, including the Hopkins Building - labs and teaching space for pharmacy and cardiovascular research, the new Chemical Analysis Facility, the Minghella Building for the Department of Film, Theatre and TV, and the architectural splendour of the Henley Business School. Two new halls of residence have opened in the past 18 months with 1,000 more new bedrooms due to open for 2012 students to enjoy, while a major investment in catering outlets has been completed with the opening of Eat at the Square, the new central dining space.