Universities in the UK are associated with quality education, consistently placing highly in global university rankings. A degree from a UK university is recognised by employers, universities and governments across the globe, aiding career progression. As well as producing over 100 Nobel Prize winners, an estimated one in seven world leaders have studied in UK universities.
With 17% of all students and over 25% of academics coming from outside of the country, UK universities are outward-looking and culturally diverse. A strong sporting culture is present in the country’s universities, the most eminent example of which is the annual Boat Race along the River Thames between Cambridge and Oxford.
A number of acclaimed universities are located in the Thames Valley, amongst which are:
University of Oxford
Ranked the number one university in the world for the third year in a row, the University of Oxford is associated with 52 Nobel Prize winners and notable alumni, including Stephen Hawking, Hugh Grant and Oscar Wilde.
University of Reading
Housing Henley Business School, one of the oldest and most respected schools in Europe, the University of Reading is also renowned for its pioneering research on the fundamental dynamics and physics of weather and climate.
Oxford Brookes University
Listed in Times Higher Education Young University Rankings as the number one university in the UK for teaching and research, Oxford Brookes has an international reputation, stemming from teaching staff with strong backgrounds in industry.
Bucks New University
Offering courses in the business and management sectors, creative and cultural industries and public sector, Bucks New University has well-established connections with organisations, including the Thames Valley Police and several NHS trusts.
University of Buckingham
Founded on the principles of free thinking, the University of Buckingham is esteemed for being entrepreneurial and innovative, and is the only university in the UK to be independent of direct government support.
A number of other prominent universities are situated in close proximity to the Thames Valley, including:
University Technical Colleges (UTCs) are schools for 14–19 year-olds, delivering innovative, high-quality education that combines technical, practical and academic learning. Smaller than traditional secondary schools, they have a special focus on science, technology, engineering and maths subjects, are not academically selective and do not charge fees.
As well as core academic subjects, their curriculums are designed to be applied in the workplace and include one or two technical specialisms that are linked to skills gaps in the region. Each UTC is backed by employers and a local university who work with staff to develop the curriculum.
There are four University Technical Colleges in the Thames Valley, each offering state-of-the-art facilities equipped with the latest technology: