The University’s Whiteknights campus hosted the very first Reading Half Marathon 35 years ago. The winner was a 21-year-old Reading student.
Today, the route still includes Whiteknights, with runners passing through our beautiful green campus and alongside top-class sports facilities and iconic buildings.
But what goes on inside?
The University of Reading is a Top 30 UK university, with 20,000 students from 150 countries, and 4,000 staff, including 1,700 academics covering a wide range of subjects, from Agriculture to Zoology.
While 12,000 athletes are looking after their health today by running, the University is thinking about your health tomorrow. We are one of the region’s leading centres for healthcare training, research and clinical provision.
We train the next generation of healthcare professionals. Our students today will work for your family’s health for decades to come. Their training now will help health services cope with the growing challenges and advances over the next 50 years.
We run many health-related courses, including:
- Nutrition and Food Science
- Speech and Language Therapy
- Physician Associates
Looking for a degree and a career in health?
See our full list of undergraduate healthcare courses.
Already got a degree, but looking to take the next step?
Find out about our postgraduate healthcare courses.
We are at the forefront of research across health and life sciences. University of Reading research is dedicated to discovery that makes a difference to people’s lives, now and in the future.
We conduct research into:
Heart and blood: The Institute for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research explores the health of human hearts, blood, and circulation. We are discovering the causes of heart attacks, stroke and diabetes – and helping to find new treatments.
Brain function: The Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics uses cutting-edge techniques to probe the inner functions and development of the brain.
Psychology and mental health: The School of Psychology and Clinical Language Science is exploring issues such as autism, anxiety and depression in young people, and development of language skills.
Dementia: Scientists at Reading are exploring lesser-studied cells in the brain which could hold the key to understanding the development of Alzheimer’s Disease. This could lead to earlier diagnosis and treatments.
Epilepsy: we have pioneered innovative new treatments for children with previously untreatable forms of epilepsy, using new drugs based on cannabis.
Diet and nutrition: The Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health is at the centre of work to study the numerous links between diet and its impact on wider health issues.
See our Health Stories in Pictures for more on University of Reading health research.
Find out about our Health research theme and the work of our health research divisions.
Tackling depression: The Anxiety and Depression in the Young (AnDY) clinic offers assessments, treatment and research to children and young people with anxiety and/or depression.
New drugs: The Thames Valley Clinical Trials Unit – opened in 2016 – gives patients in the region the chance to be involved with clinical trials, bringing real benefits to patient health and wellbeing.
Community health checks: Our trainee pharmacists provide hundreds of health checks for people in the community every year. Pharmacy students get vital experience of providing care, and patients get information that could help them make healthier choices.
Working together: The University is developing stronger partnership with the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust and the Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to jointly address some of the biggest healthcare challenges facing the region.
Clinical innovation: The University’s Thames Valley Science Park – opened in 2018 – provides office and lab space for innovative healthcare organisations, such as Proton Partners, which is building one of the first proton beam cancer therapy centres in the UK.
Dozens of students and staff from the University are running the 2018 Reading Half Marathon to raise funds for vital work the University of Reading is doing in partnership with Cara – the Council for At-Risk Academics.
Find out more, and donate towards their total, on their fundraising page.