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Changing policy

  • We contributed the largest number of scientists to the first working group of the latest IPCC assessment report, due to be published in summer 2021.
  • The University's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Robert Van De Noort, sits on the Universities UK Task and Finish Group on Climate Change.

Promoting renewable energy

Communicating and engaging

The Walker Institute

  • The University of Reading's interdisciplinary climate research centre, The Walker Institute, supports the development of climate-resilient societies through research-led projects and collaboration with communities.
  • The Rain Watch Project collects and analyses rainfall data in sub-Saharan Africa, providing access to usable climate information for agricultural communities.
  • The Brave Project studies groundwater access and use in the Ghana and Burkina Faso regions of the Volta River Basin, which helps inform long-term planning for water supplies and drought emergencies.
  • Walker also helps to change policy in Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya through projects such as NIMFRU (flood risk forecasting), IDAPS (impact of climate change on livelihoods), and HyCRISTAL (ensuring sustainable water supplies).

Teaching and research

Find out more about the University of Reading's climate change research

We're green in all sorts of ways
People & Planet University League
1st in the People & Planet University League 2023
The Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education 2021
Queens Anniversary Prize for climate research and action
Times Higher Education Awards 2023
Winner of Outstanding Contribution to Environmental Leadership