Sir David Bell, University Vice-Chancellor:
"Once again, we are delighted to be taking part in Universities Week which highlights how universities benefit everyone. In this Olympic year, Universities Week is focusing on the way UK universities contribute to the Olympic movement, the sports industry and society as a whole. At the University of Reading, we are particularly proud of our current students and alumni who will be competing in London 2012.
"Ranked as one of the top 1% of universities in the world, the University of Reading's contribution to the local community and economy is substantial. With nearly 17,000 students and 4,000 staff, it is estimated that the University's economic contribution to the region is between £600 and £750 million each year. We are world-leaders in areas of research such as climate change research, finance, health and well-being, all of which affect Reading, the nation as a whole and indeed the wider world."
How are we celebrating this year?
Harris Garden Open Event
Sunday 29 April 2012
The five hectare botanic Harris Garden is a magnificent feature of our Whiteknights campus, and all the family are welcome to come and explore the garden on this special open day. This is a unique opporunity to relax and enjoy refreshments on the lawn, pose gardening questions to one of our expert horticulturalists, meet the garden's artist-in-residence or buy a plant to take home!
- Free - all welcome. There is no need to register for this event
An evening of 'stand-up economics'
Monday 30 April 2012
As part of his 2012 'Gold Standard' world tour, we are pleased to welcome Dr Yoram Bauman, environmental economist from the University of Washington and self-styled 'stand-up economist' for an evening of economics comedy.
- Admission is free but spaces are limited
Public lecture: Olympics modern and ancient
Wednesday 2 May 2012
How have the Olympics developed? What was Baron Pierre de Coubertin thinking when he revived the Olympics in the late 1800s? Take a step back in time to explore the history of the Olympics at this special public lecture. Professor Barbara Goff will explore how the Olympics have changed over the years, and will question whether the modern Games bear any resemblance to their ancient forerunners.
- Admission is free but spaces are limited so please arrive early
There will also be a special exhibition, 'Our Sporting Life', in the Palmer foyer celebrating the past and current sporting endeavours of Reading students, staff and alumni, including selected items from the University's rich sporting archives.