About us

Students in labSAGES Mission Statement

The School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science delivers world-leading research that focuses on people, their prosperity, resilience and heritage, and their relationship with the natural environment. Through the development of the individual and the collective in an inclusive, collaborative culture, the School aims to empower future generations by embedding new knowledge and innovative ways of working into learning, policy and practice.

About Us

The aim of the School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science (SAGES) is to further the understanding of environmental systems, human communities and their interactions in the past, present and future.

We seek to provide qualified people and knowledge to guide policy in sustainable development, contribute to the national economy, and to acquire an understanding of the past.

The subject centres which make up the school are:

  • Archaeology  with an international reputation in research and teaching courses which are wide ranging and span archaeological science, theory and practical experience.
  • Geography and Environmental Science - excellent facilities and resources and links with Meteorology, Biological Science, ESSC and CEAS support a dynamic and thriving research culture. An established degree programme supports a creative learning environment.

Quaternary Scientific (QUEST) - our commercial arm offers a variety of scientific services for the archaeological and environmental communities using state of the art equipment and experienced personnel.

Athena Swan

AthenaSWANSilverThe School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science (SAGES) is a holder of the Silver Athena SWAN Award. We are passionate about creating an inclusive environment for all. In addition to University of Reading-wide policies, our Bronze Award means that as a School we have identified particular challenges and are planning activities for the future.


REF 2014 results confirm Reading Archaeology and Environmental Science as world-leading

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) published the results of its Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 on 18 December 2014. The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the method for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions (HEIs) held approximately every six years.


For further details on Archaeology's results please see Research at the Department of Archaeology.

For further details on Geography & Environmental Science's results please see Research at the department of Geography and Environmental Science.

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