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University of Reading

The University of Reading

The University of Reading is ranked among the top universities worldwide (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019), and has been ranked among the top universities in seven subjects (Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject in 2021).


Research at the University aims to solve some of the biggest problems facing people today, based on four themes with globally recognised departments;


Agriculture, food and health




Heritage and creativity


Prosperity and resilience

Working across continents and disciplines, our researchers explore ways to tackle climate change, improve human health, provide food security and understand human culture. The themes are open-ended and overlapping, crossing traditional boundaries and allowing them to nurture innovation and deliver impactful and curiosity-driven research. Across these research departments, the university ranked as the number one UK university for citations in environmental and ecological research.

The University Campuses

Home to more than 19,000 students, the University of Reading’s  award-winning campuses house contemporary study facilities, halls of residence, support services, cafes and bars.


The University has a global presence – with their Whiteknights and London Road campuses in Reading, Henley Business School at Greenlands campus in Henley-upon-Thames, Henley Business School (South Africa) in Johannesburg, and the University of Reading Malaysia in Iskandar, Johor.

Access to talent

The University of Reading offers various avenues to access talent, including;

The Reading Internship Scheme


Offering University of Reading undergraduate students the opportunity to undertake a 4 – 8 week paid internship with organisations largely within Reading, Thames Valley and London areas. It allows organisations to connect with students who are motivated and proactive.


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Professional Placement Year


A Professional Placement Year is available on many of the University of Reading undergraduate programmes as a 4 year programme. The Placement Year will help students to grow in confidence, learn new skills and build professional networks.


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The Capstone Project


Offers employers the opportunity to work with a small student team at the University to solve real-life organisational problems. It is designed to give students hands-on experience and clients an opportunity to benefit from an independent analysis of an existing or prospective initiative.


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The University of Reading and the Business Sector

Thames Valley Science Park

The Thames Valley Science Park is the University of Reading’s Business Innovation Campus.  Currently, TVSP hosts around 80 companies, ranging from early stage start-ups to global R&D centres; they represent a diverse range of technologies and sectors, from digital media to pioneering medical diagnostics. Companies based here are part of a lively campus-style environment designed for people to meet and collaborate, with access to interaction spaces, cafés, flexible conference and meeting spaces.

The University of Reading and Henley Business School offer tenants the opportunity to engage, through a range of mechanisms such as student projects and placements, graduate recruitment, exploration of new innovation ideas, collaborative funding, access to equipment, facilities or specialist knowledge including Executive Education. It’s also home to the Rutherford Cancer Centre, which provides high quality, state-of-the-art treatments and exceptional care to cancer patients.

Henley Business School

Founded in 1945, Henley Business School is one of the oldest business schools in the UK. They are also among an elite group of business schools to be triple-accredited for the quality and capability of their faculty and output. Henley’s aim is to empower individuals to become great professionals and outstanding business leaders who think with clarity and act with confidence and conviction.


Henley’s Executive MBA Programme ranked 21st in the world, 10th in Europe and 3rd in the UK. This follows Henley’s Financial Times ranking of programmes securing a UK top 5 for all three programmes.


Henley’s pioneering role in personal development is still recognised today ranking 2nd in the UK and 9th in Europe for overall personal development and educational experience, 50 years after they were one of the leading schools to embed personal development in MBA programmes. In fact, Henley upholds a world top 20 position for overall careers development – 3rd in the UK and 19th in the world.


The school champions women in leadership and placed No.2 in the UK for gender balance of students in the cohort and No.1 in the world for its faculty gender balance.

University College of Estate Management 

The University College of Estate Management, which has had a long association with the University of Reading and is now an independent institution, is a global centre of excellence in construction, property and estate management.


With over 95 years’ experience of providing the highest quality learning opportunities, it helps to enhance Built Environment professional careers through its accredited property-related and construction programmes, offered at Postgraduate, Undergraduate and Apprenticeship levels.

The Knowledge Transfer Centre

The University of Reading offers co-location and start-up space to businesses, and their Knowledge Transfer Centre (KTC) actively builds relationships with these companies to grow engagement opportunities for students and researchers.


Their aim is to provide an easy route into the University for anyone interested in working with them and accessing their research. Providing high-levels of service and support, the KTC enable partners to develop collaborations via a range of mechanisms and funding opportunities, and focus on helping companies grow and increase their competitiveness.


The TVAI Hub pulls together the incredible community of academics, researchers, technologists, clinicians and business strategists in the Thames Valley so everyone can learn, network, collaborate, share knowledge, explore and develop business opportunities and partnerships.


Their aim is to get this area internationally recognised for the talent, skills and expertise that has given rise to its reputation as the ‘UK’s Silicon Valley’, and of course to attract more brilliant people and companies to the beautiful, well connected area that is the Thames Valley.

Satellite Technologies & Meteorology

The University of Reading also has strong connections to the University of Surrey’s small satellite capability and 5G Innovation Centre, the European Space Agency and Satellite Applications Catapult (both of which are based in nearby Harwell, Oxfordshire), and the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts.


The University is world-renowned for its pioneering research on the fundamental dynamics and physics of weather and climate and the Institute of Environmental Analytics – a leading body in applied research.