The University of Reading is ranked among the top Universities worldwide (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022), 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;
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.
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.
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 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.
Founded in 1945, Henley Business School is one of the oldest business schools in the UK. The FT Executive Education Ranking 2020 placed Henley Business School in the world top 25 and UK top 5 for the combined ranking of open and closed programmes.
Henley places at no.24 in the world, no.16 in Europe and no.5 in the UK in the combined ranking which is based on programmes delivered in both UK campus and overseas campuses in South Africa, Finland and Germany. For open programmes, they rose five places, ranking at no.22 in the world, no.12 in Europe and no.4 in the UK and also ranking in the world top 10 for percentage of women course participants (52%).
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 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.
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.