90 years of excellence
The University of Reading celebrated the 90th anniversary of its Royal Charter in 2016. The focus of the celebrations took place on Thursday 17 March 2016, which marked 90 years since the Royal Charter was granted on the same date in 1926.
Over the decades we have become innovators and pioneers, pushing academic boundaries and leading social change.
We celebrated the 90th anniversary of our Royal Charter on Thursday 17 March 2016.
RECEIVING OUR CHARTER – 1926
Founded in the 19th century as an extension College of the University of Oxford, Reading was the only University to be awarded a charter between the two world wars.
Upon the granting of the Charter, Dr W. M. Childs became the University’s first Vice-Chancellor and students carried him through the grounds in celebration.
THE UNIVERSITY TODAY
The University of Reading is now recognised as one of the top 200 Universities in the world, and is home to 19,000 students from over 150 countries.
We offer a wide range of programmes from the pure and applied sciences to languages, humanities, social sciences, business and arts. New research and the latest thinking continually feed into our teaching, with our academic staff working at the forefront of their fields of expertise, and we remain one of the most popular higher education choices in the UK.
Home to 17,000 students, our award-winning campuses house contemporary study facilities, halls of residence, support services, cafés and bars.
We have a global presence – with our Whiteknights and London Road campuses in Reading, Henley Business School at our Greenlands campus in Henley-upon-Thames, Henley Business School (South Africa) in Johannesburg, and the University of Reading Malaysia in Iskandar.
The University of Reading is an integral part of the town and makes a valuable contribution to the local area. Positive engagement with the local community is important to us and we offer a wide range of events and activities open to all. We also work in close partnership with many community organisations.
University of Reading Street Support Team
The University Street Support Team is a trial scheme, running throughout April and December 2018, as part of the University’s plans to promote positive community relationships between students and non-student neighbours.
The Street Support Team provides advice to students socialising late at night, encouraging them to be responsible, respectful and safe when travelling through residential areas. They also collect and recycle any bottles/glass left on the streets.
The highly trained and highly visible team works between 10pm and 4am several nights a week. They are currently based in three key residential areas around the campus, between:
Redlands Road and London Road, including St George’s Hall.
Whiteknights Road and Wokingham Road, including Bridges/Wessex Halls and the number 17 bus stop.
Northcourt Avenue and Christchurch Green, including St Patrick’s/Sherfield Halls and the number 21/21a bus stop.
The University has created this trial based on views from local residents, neighbourhood police teams, Reading Borough Council and other community partners in the town. We are grateful for all the input and support.
We are reviewing the scheme regularly to make sure the team are working in the best way possible, please do send any feedback or questions you may have to the Community Relations Team at firstname.lastname@example.org
100s of Public Events
Each term we offer an exciting variety of public events, including lectures, music concerts, exhibitions and arts events.
Every year a large number of students contribute to the local community by volunteering in local schools, organisations and charities. Our Community Relations team work hard to encourage students to participate and get involved outside the University. We are also actively involved in local neighbourhood action groups and in many of the community and University events which help to bring us closer together.
Find out more about student volunteering.
Visit our museums and learn about farming and the English countryside, rare books, Greek mythology, plants and wildlife. You can see over 300,000 plant specimens, meet the largest spider that ever lived, or look into the eyes of Medusa.
Each term the volunteer-run Reading Film Theatre shows a thrilling mixture of English and American mainstream and independent films, as well as one foreign language film each week. Sometimes the director pops in for a Q&A. Follow our film and events programme and book online.
Open all year round, SportsPark offers you a great range of activities and sports facilities, including a gym and fitness studio, squash and badminton courts, over 80 dance and aerobic classes per week and a cafe. SportsPark is open to both members and non-members.
The University is set within 123 hectares of beautiful award-winning parkland, including lakes, meadows and the renowned Harris Garden with flower meadows, a cherry tree orchard and a jungle garden.
The University can provide you with technical equipment and facilities or professional advice from expert staff. Find out more about how we work with business.
Venue and accommodation
The University has a range of spaces available for hire, from flexible and modern conference rooms to magnificent settings for weddings and events. We also offer a range of affordable accommodation.
The research we conduct at Reading impacts society on a global scale. We have developed new epilepsy medicines and are currently working on projects from climate change to world hunger.
The University of Reading is a public university located in Reading, Berkshire, England. It was founded as a University of Oxford extension college in 1892 as University College, Reading. The institution received the power to grant its own degrees in 1926 by Royal Charter from King George V and was the only university to receive such a charter between the two world wars. The university is usually categorised as a red brick university, reflecting its original foundation in the 19th century.
It has four major campuses both in the United Kingdom and internationally. The campuses on London Road and Whiteknights are based in the town of Reading itself, and Greenlands is based on the banks of the River Thames. It also has a campus in Iskandar Puteri, Malaysia. The university has been arranged into 16 academic schools since 2016 when the four faculties were disbanded.
Reading was ranked 35th in the UK amongst multi-faculty institutions for the quality (GPA) of its research and 28th for its Research Power in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. In total, 98% of the University's research is labelled as 'internationally recognised', 78% as 'internationally excellent and 27% as 'world leading'. Reading was the first university to win a Queen's Award for Export Achievement, in 1989. The annual income of the institution for 2016–17 was £275.3 million of which £35.4 million was from research grants and contracts, with an expenditure of £297.5 million.