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  1. Bowls club
    The University of Reading Bowls Club was founded in 1978 and now has about 80 members.
  2. Chaplaincy
    The Chaplaincy offers pastoral offer confidential support to all members of the University, whatever their beliefs or background.
  3. Cole Museum of Zoology 
    The Museum was established in the early 20th century by Francis J. Cole and contains some 3500 specimens of which about 400 are on display at any one time. 
  4. Employees' social club 
    The Social Club was founded in 1949 and now includes an Angling Section and a Bowling Section. Any enquiries should be addressed to the Secretary, Mrs A. Fyfield, RUESC, TOB2, Earley Gate, and sent via internal mail or emailed to
  5. Events diary
    The online events calendar provides information on forthcoming lectures, exhibitions, concerts, plays, films and other arts events open to the public. There is also a printed Events Diary which is produced twice a year (January to June, and September to December), you can obtain a copy by  emailing
  6. Friends of the Harris Garden
    Situated on the Whiteknights campus of the University of Reading, Berkshire, UK the Harris Garden is an important amenity open to all. 'Friends of Harris Garden' is an organisation which was formed in 1987 to support the development of the garden, in partnership with the University.
  7. Friends of the University
    Friends of the University of Reading was formed in 1926 to bring friends and supporters into contact with the University. Membership of The Friends gives access to an array of social and cultural events. New members are always welcome.
  8. Music@Reading
    Making music at Reading is for everyone. Your degree subject or area of work in the University or the community makes no difference - if you want to be involved in music making, come along and do it!
  9. Museum Of English Rural Life
    The Museum of English Rural Life houses the most comprehensive national collection of objects, books and archives relating to the history of food, farming and the countryside. For event information see What's on at MERL. 
  10. Public lecture series
    Our Public Lecture Series is a showcase of research highlights from across the University. The lectures are given by Reading academics eminent in their field and cover a wide range of topical subjects.
  11. Reading Film Theatre
    Situated on campus Reading Film Theatre was established 40 years ago as an independent cinema with a policy to show the best films from around the world.
  12. Reading University Alumni & Staff Cricket Club (RUASSC)
    Formed in 1957, the RUASSC has about 30 members - both staff and post graduate students -ranging in age from 21 to 72. The club plays mostly on Sunday afternoons against local village teams. Please contact Richard Tranter,
  13. Rural Reads book club
    Rural Reads book club at MERL meets once a month and focuses on books with a rural theme in the atmospheric setting of the Museum or garden.
  14. RUSU Societies
    The RUSU runs over 60 different societies all of which are open to members of staff.
  15. Senior Common Room                                                                                                    The SCR is a club, formed in 1897, with membership open to all staff of the University, and to others by election. There are currently over 800 members.
  16. SportsPark
    Based next to the University's main Shinfield Road entrance, SportsPark is easily accessible  and offers staff reduced membership packages.
  17. University Golf Society
    Reading University's Staff Golf Society (RUSGS) hold five society meetings throughout the year, playing on a variety of courses in the area. If you are interested in joining please contact Graham Holloway,
  18. URE Museum
    The Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology, owned by the University of Reading, is recognised as the fourth largest collection of Greek ceramics in Britain. 
  19. Voices of Reading
    Voices of Reading, established by Reading University Students' Union, is a new community choir. The choir is open to all ages and abilities and rehearses at George Palmer Primary School, Northumberland Avenue RG2 7PP on Monday evenings from 7-8pm. For further information contact Emily Shaw on 0118 373 4111 or
  20. Women's Club
    The Women's Club is open to the wives and partners of male staff and to all women staff of the University. Current activities include a variety of talks, visits and parties but these change to reflect members' preferences.

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