University of Reading



Quick Facts

  • Top 1%, 25th ranked University in the UK and 156th in the world (QS 2015/16).
  • Located 25 minutes by train from central London.
  • Notable alumni include. Jim Sturman, QC, Jane Barker, Chief Executive, Equitas Holdings, and Richard Wilson, installation artist (twice nominee for the Turner Prize).

The University was established in 1892, received its Royal Charter in 1926, and has developed into a leading force in British and international higher education. Reading is a global university that enjoys a world-class reputation for teaching, research and enterprise. The University’s tradition of academic excellence dates back to the late nineteenth century and owes much to the vision and generosity of several notable individuals.

Reading’s origins lie in the Schools of Art and Science established in Reading in 1860 and 1870. These became part of an extension college opened in 1892 by Christ Church, Oxford. The college thrived, receiving its first treasury grant in 1901. Three years later the local Palmer family, of the famous biscuit manufacturer Huntley & Palmers, donated the London Road campus that is home to our Institute of Education today.

Reading and Canada
Reading is home to a growing number of Canadian students. Recently, the University of Reading appointed a Canadian lawyer and academic, Professor Susan Breau, as Head of Law.

Reading is located 30 minutes from central London by train, making it easily accessible to Canadians during their time at Reading. The School of Law at Reading has a very international focus and is committed to preparing their Canadian graduates to excel should they decide to pursue qualification in Canada, the United Kingdom, or the United States.

Head of School (Law) – Professor Susan Breau, B.A., M.A., LL.B., (Queen’s University, Canada), LL.M., Ph.D (London School of Economics)

Professor Breau has previously been a lecturer in International Law at Queen’s University Belfast and the Dorset Fellow in International Law at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. Professor Breau also acts as the International Law consultant to the Every Casualty Programme as part of the Oxford Research Group. Prior to becoming an academic, Professor Breau was a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and practised law in Kingston, Ontario for several years.

Schools and Departments
Reading’s academic structure contains a total of 62 Departments.

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Over 17,000 students and 4,000 staff.

Entrance Requirements
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One of the highest proportions of residential student accommodation among UK universities, with about 4,300 rooms available.

All students have access to a recently refurbished library which is open 24-hours a day in term time, plus 16 IT suites and over 150 computers on campus with scanning and colour printing facilities. Reading is home to the largest student union shop in the UK, as well as the Reading film theatre which shows a range of independent, art-house and foreign language films (subtitled in English), as well as the occasional blockbuster.

For sporty students there is a sports park with a state-of-the-art fitness studio; specialist exercise studios; squash courts; a large multi-purpose sports hall; football, rugby, lacrosse, hockey and cricket pitches; tennis and netball courts; purpose-built floodlit football pitches with the latest third-generation surface; synthetic turf pitch for football and hockey; and a world-class boathouse facility on the River Thames for rowing.

Located 45 minutes from Heathrow, there’s fast and easy access to central London by train, taking 30 minutes.

Living in Reading
Reading is a large town in the ceremonial county of Berkshire, England. It is located in the Thames Valley at the confluence of the River Thames and River Kennet, and on both the Great Western Main Line railway and the M4 motorway. Every year Reading hosts the Reading Festival, which has been running since 1971. The festival takes place on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the August bank holiday weekend. As well, the Reading Beer Festival, has now grown to one of the largest beer festivals in the UK. It is held at King’s Meadow for the five days immediately preceding the May Day bank holiday every year.