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The University of Reading

When you become a student with us, you will join an institution ranked in the top 25 universities in the UK and the top 200 worldwide. Representing the worlds top 1%, our ranking reflects our academic reputation and commitment to delivering an excellent all-round education72.

Our 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. We received a Royal Charter in 1926, the only university to do so between the two world wars.

In 2008, the University's merger with Henley Management College gave us our Greenlands campus. Our first phase of a Reading presence in the Malaysian city of Johor Bahru began in 2012 in temporary facilities. By 2015, we will have completed the construction of our world-class campus for the University of Reading Malaysia and we look forward to welcoming our first undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Why choose Reading?

We combine an established history with cutting-edge research, a world-class student experience, research-informed teaching and an international reputation.

Our key subject area strengths are reflected in The Guardian University Guide 2013 rankings, including Agriculture and Food (1st), Teacher training (3rd), Earth and Marine Sciences (3rd), Art and Design (3rd) and Archaeology (5th). Our Henley Business School is one of the world's few business schools to hold triple-accredited status, and is ranked in the top 10 schools in the UK by The Financial Times Business School rankings 2012. Our School of Law is 7th in the UK for world-leading research and international excellence.

We also specialise in Finance and Banking, Economics, Construction Management, Film Theatre & Television, Systems Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Food Science, Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Pharmacy.

Nearly 90% of the University's research was rated as being of international standing (Research Assessment Exercise 2008). Over the last year, we have been awarded over 30 million in external research grant income, of which 63% is from Research Councils. Our total research income over the last year has been over 50 million.

We have welcomed international students for over a hundred years, since our first international student arrived from Kenya in 1904. Our academic expertise and friendly atmosphere make us an ever-popular choice for students all over the world. We have nearly 4,000 international students from over 141 countries, which creates an exciting mix of cultures and ensures that you will feel welcome.

We are located just 30 minutes from central London by train (50 miles by car) and near to major international airports. Reading makes a great base to explore the rest of the UK and Europe during your time here.

Whether you would prefer a campus or city location for your studies, Reading provides the best of both worlds. Our beautiful and lively White knights campus in the heart of Reading town is consistently ranked as the best in the UK. You can make the most of your time here with our cutting-edge teaching and learning facilities, such as 24-hour IT resources and a library containing over a million items, and extensive indoor and outdoor sports facilities, including pitches, courts, playing fields and a fully-equipped sports centre.

We are within an easy walk of the vibrant and friendly town of Reading, which is a regional centre for shopping and recreational activities and home to many successful international companies. Our Halls of Residence provide you with a home away from home where you will find yourself part of a supportive community. We guarantee university accommodation for all new students (deadline applies).

We want you to feel prepared for life and careers beyond the University. We provide opportunities for you to acquire skills employers want through your academic studies and a breadth of extra-curricular activities, voluntary activities and work placements. 70% of our 2011 Reading graduates are in graduate level work or further study.

Our University-wide Graduate School provides a focal point for research students, with information about grant opportunities, conferences and seminars and other training opportunities within the University and beyond.

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