Am I entitled to any discounts or benefits as a graduate of the University?University of Reading alumni have access to a range of special benefits including:
- A possible 10% discount off postgraduate study (up to a maximum of £1,000). You will automatically be considered for this discount when you apply
- A range of discounts, such as reduced gym membership at the SportsPark, discounted library membership, and savings on accommodation at the The CedarsHotel on campus
- Services to help with your future, including individual advice, guidance and support from our Graduate Career Services team for 18 months after graduation
- An ever-growing suite of online courses delivered by Future Learn
- Access to exclusive alumni events
- Various volunteering opportunities to help develop your professional skills
- Access to our digital alumni magazine, CONNECTED
To obtain an academic transcript, replacement degree certificate, award verification or certified statement, please visit Reading's 'Information for Graduates' page for more details.
How can I get an educational reference/verification?
All our educational references are handled by HEDD. Please ask your screening agent to start the process here.
Can I get a copy of my dissertation?
Unfortunately, the Alumni and Supporter Engagement Office does not store copies of dissertations. We recommend contacting your former department directly as they may be able to supply a copy to you.
You can either shop online or you can visit RUSU's Merch Store in the main Students' Union building located on our Whiteknights campus.
2) Giving to Reading
The University of Reading is an independent corporation with charitable status established by Royal Charter granted in 1926. Its objects, powers and framework of governance are defined in the Charter and supporting Statutes. It is an exempt charity (reference X 8145).
We run telephone campaigns throughout the year, seeking support for the University's work and priorities. If you are unsure of the legitimacy of a phone call, please email email@example.com and we will be happy to confirm.
We seek gifts by direct debit primarily as this allows us to plan and gives our students and academics confidence in the future. We are also very happy to accept gifts by credit card, cheque, and bank transfer.
Yes - we welcome all gifts. You can give tax-effectively from the USA and can give from all parts of the world. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
We are currently running the IMAGINE volunteering and fundraising campaign to help connect supporters to projects which are creating solutions to real-world problems. Find out more about the current projects within the campaign and how you can get involved.
This can be done by simply emailing email@example.com with your current address (so we can identify you) and stating which action you would like to take. You can of course cancel your direct debit yourself through your bank, but we would be very grateful if you could also let us know by email.
Silver pins are for members of the Blandford Club, to thank all our donors who give by direct debit. Gold pins are for our Reading Pioneers, who lead philanthropy of the University, with a gift of £1000 a year or more. To find out more, please contact our Donor Relations Officer, Eilish, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The fee increase allows the University to continue to provide a high quality of education and experience to our students. Fundraising gives us the flexibility and reactiveness to support the University in key areas; be that research into mental health or heart disease, or bursaries for the most deserving students.
None. All fundraising costs are covered by the University meaning 100% of all donations go to supporting the projects our donors want to get involved with.
There are a variety of events taking place at the University throughout the year, including concerts, lectures, receptions, and networking events.
Find out more about Reading alumni events here.
Find out more about Henley Business School alumni events here.
Find out more about University public events here.
I am having technical difficulties signing up to an event - what do I do?
If you are having any trouble with booking onto our alumni events, then please contact us at email@example.com and we will be able to help process the booking for you.
We are always delighted when alumni want to return to campus for a get together. Please contact our Alumni and Supporter Events Coordinator, Samantha, directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to get some help with your reunion! Alternatively, take a look at our reunion guide.
We certainly are! Click the links below to connect with us.
We have now moved our alumni magazine, CONNECTED, onto a digital platform. Register your details to keep up to date with the latest University and alumni news and customise your profile to choose what you read.
5) Staying in touch
Click here to update your contact details and communication preferences.
Alternatively, you can email us at email@example.com with your new details, providing your name, year of graduation, and subject studied.
If you are looking to reconnect with an old friend from the University, then please contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org with your details so we can offer you a 'Find a Friend' service. This service allows us to send a letter on your behalf to the specific alumnus - provided we have their current address - containing your contact details so they may get in touch with you if they so wish.
What is the Distinguished Volunteer Award?
The annual Distinguished Volunteer Award aims to recognise the outstanding contribution that volunteers make to the University of Reading. Each year you can nominate a volunteer who has gone above and beyond to make a difference to the University community. The awards are presented at our annual House of Lords event with the award recipients receiving two free tickets each.
What is the Graduate Outcomes Survey and why do I have to do it?
Graduate Outcomes is a national survey owned by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). The aim of the survey is to gain insight into the perspectives and activities of graduates nationally across the UK around 15 months after completing their course. Some of the results may be used by the government and other third parties, including university league tables or to inform measures of student outcomes from Higher Education.
The University of Reading is required by HESA to hold accurate contact details for you and it is not possible for graduates to opt-out of receiving the survey as it is a national requirement. If you have graduated in the last 15 months, then please update your contact details here.