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University of Reading

The University of Reading began life in the 19th century as an extension college of the University of Oxford, before being awarded university status in 1926. Today, it is implementing 2026: Transform, a project which has already seen over £500 million invested into improving the University.


It is ranked among the top universities worldwide (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019), with 98% of its research internationally recognised. The University scores particularly highly for ‘international outlook’, with 33% of students coming from overseas.

In addition, the Times Good University Guide 2019 shows that six of the University’s subjects are in the top ten nationwide:


– Agriculture and Forestry (3rd);

– Animal Science (3rd);

– Building (3rd);

– Land and Property Management (3rd);

– Town and Country Planning and Landscape (9th);

– Food Science (10th).

Reading University’s collaboration with the business sector places it at the forefront of many areas:

Built Environment

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 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.


Henley Business School of the University of Reading, was the first business school to be established in the UK. One of the oldest and most respected in Europe, it is consistently ranked among the world’s top 50 business schools by the Financial Times and The Economist.


It is proud to be one of only 73 business schools in the world to hold triple-accredited status from the leading UK, European and US accrediting bodies (AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB) for the quality and capability of its faculty and output.

Satellite Technologies

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.

Capstone Project

The University runs the Capstone Project, which offers employers the opportunity to work with a small student team at the University to solve real-life organisational problems.


Encouraging a broad range of employers to apply for the programme, 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, policy, or area of concern.

Thames Valley Science Park

The Thames Valley Science Park, with its flexible office space, cutting-edge laboratories and both the expertise and opportunity to develop R&D facilities, is a University-affiliated community of ambitious, knowledge-based companies.


More information on the Science Park can be found here.