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Our network

We have an international alumni network of over 1,000 former students from our undergraduate and master's programmes. Our graduates work across the whole design industry: at household names like Adobe and Oxford University Press, in boutique design agencies, and public sector organisations like the BBC. Many have also set up their own companies straight out of university.

Overall, 97% of graduates from Typography and Graphic Communication are in work or further study within 15 months of graduation (Based on our analysis of HESA data © HESA 2022, Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019/20; includes all Typography and Graphic Communication responders)*

Contains HESA Data: Copyright Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited 2022. The Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived by third parties from its data.

Students: benefit from our close-knit alumni network 

Our students benefit from valuable opportunities to make connections, open doors, and progress their careers thanks to the continued involvement of our former students, who have gone on to become successful design professionals in a range of fields.  

Alumni regularly come back to give inspiring talks, feed back on portfolios and even recruit final-year students for jobs when they graduate. 

Two undergraduate students discussing wine label design graphic project at final degree show

Graduates: reconnect with us

After our students complete their studies, we encourage them to stay in touch with the Department. We can offer support as they progress in their careers. Many of our alumni also make a valuable contribution to the success of our current students. Graduates can join our Linkedin group, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, or email us at

Come to our events

 Professor Eric Kindel on "Objet-type, the French Stencil Letter" at ATypI conference, Antwerp, 2018.

Our alumni are welcome to return to the Department to attend degree shows, exhibitions and one-off events. Events like these are an ideal opportunity to reconnect with staff, fellow students and graduates. We promote upcoming events on our Twitter account, @UniRdg_Typo. 

Former students can also come back to visit our collections. 


Inspire tomorrow's designers

Large audience of master's students attending a lecture

We welcome alumni to return to the Department and share their industry experience with our current cohorts, for example at our termly alumni talks, or by giving career and portfolio advice during a visit. 

Our students benefit greatly from hearing how graduates ahead of them have mapped out their careers. 

Read about one of our alumni talks on the Department's blog

Discover new design talent

Female Graphic Communication student holding book project piece at degree show

Every year, graduates from previous years return to recruit new designers from the graduating class. 

Coming back into the Department to meet our current students gives design professionals a chance to find exciting new talent for their companies.

The broad range of experience students get at Reading, and exposure to real jobs, is well suited to the work we do at Addison Group and equips graduates to start their careers with an open mind and the right skills, attitude and motivation to get to grips with the working environment.

John Anderson

Creative Director, Addison Group

Donate to Typography

Our alumni can make a lasting contribution that will benefit future generations of students. 

The Michael Twyman Bursary Fund supports master's students and PhD early-career researchers to further their work, and promotes work relating to our collections and archives.

Professor discussing material with PhD student while teaching collections based workshop

You can make a donation via the University of Reading's fundraising website, IMAGINE. When you visit the site: 

  1. Select the amount you wish to donate.
  2. Select "Other" as the designation, and type the name of the fund you wish to contribute to in the field that appears.
  3. Complete the rest of the form and click "Secure Payment".

Visit the University of Reading's IMAGINE site to donate.

Work with us

We value collaboration, partnerships and shared enterprise of all kinds. Find out more about how we work with a range of organisations on research, teaching and practice.

Collections and archives

Montage of five posters from the Twentieth Century Poster Collection

Our collections and archives relating to lettering, printing and graphic design are internationally important. 

Our research

Diagram called Design How You Feel created as part of graphic communication research project.

95% of our research is world leading or internationally excellent and 100% of our research impact has been classed ‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’ (Research Excellence Framework 2021, combining 4* and 3* submissions – Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory; Typography and Graphic Communication).