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Working together

As a research-intensive university, we recognise the critical role universities play in supporting the national and international economy. We work with organisations of any size on both short- and long-term projects. We are always looking to form new partnerships through student placements, custom research projects, consultancy, or knowledge transfer partnerships.

We conduct internationally leading research in human development and ageing, clinical disorders, neuroscience, multilingualism, virtual reality and behaviour change. We also provide expertise in statistical analysis and study design, for example questionnaires, focus groups and randomised controlled trials.


Student placements

We understand that it is important for organisations to employ professional and talented individuals.

Our psychology students learn skills needed in the workplace. We encourage them to gain an insight into businesses to gain professional skills and develop a business mindset.

Our speech and language therapy students are expected to undertake placements across a range of settings and client groups. Find out about providing clinical placements for our speech and language therapy students.

Access our facilities

We have a range of research facilities to help you solve problems and build a competitive edge within your organisation.

These include:

  • brain imaging systems (3T Siemens Trio research, dedicated MRI scanner and EEG laboratory)
  • eye-tracking and psychophysiology technologies
  • drug and nutritional testing areas
  • social observation rooms and testing suites for infants, children and adults.
To find out more about hiring our facilities, email spsy-execsupport@reading.ac.uk.

Business case studies

We work with business, public organisations and the voluntary sector in the UK and internationally to create real impact and address business challenges.

Barry Callebaut: cocoa flavanols and eyesight

Dr David Field is collaborating with Barry Callebaut – the internationally renowned supplier of high quality chocolate. They found that a single dose of cocoa flavanols improved visual function in adults two hours after consumption.

While research is ongoing, there is interest in whether this could help reduce falls in older adults, where poor eyesight is associated with a higher risk of falls.

With the help of the University of Reading Press Team, our research received global press coverage and placed Barry Callebaut as a thought leader in the world of chocolate.

Public Health England: Change4life "Sugar Swaps" Campaign

In partnership with Public Health England and Netmums, Dr Daniel Lamport developed a study to evaluate a new national Change4Life campaign.

It aims to encourage parents to cut down on the sugar their children consume by making one or more "swaps" for alternative foods.

A study collecting dietary information from 50 families showed that they were consuming 483g of sugar per day. This reduced to 287g after two weeks of sugar swaps, a saving equivalent to 49 sugar cubes.

Research is now looking into how long this behavioural change can last.

Our research

Our research centres have an international reputation for research in areas such as child development and psychopathology, neuroscience and clinical training.

Our team

Our staff members are experts in their fields of study and are keen to form new partnerships and connections.

Our clinics and centres

The School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences is home to two NHS-partnered clinics, as well as an independent autism centre.
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