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Talent & Education 

Academic centres of excellence, global businesses and pioneering organisations, each with specialist areas in research, development, and industry collaboration, call the Thames Valley home.


No. 1 University in the World

The University of Oxford has been recognised for six consecutive years as the world’s best University

Globally Renowned Departments

The University of Reading has a number of globally recognised departments including, Agriculture and Environment

A Wealth of Innovation

University of Oxford Innovation, a technology transfer company, generated £25.1 million in revenue in 2021.

"With a comprehensive talent pool, possessing some of the strongest
commercial and technical skills that drive entrepreneurship, innovation
and business growth, the region attracts and retains the highest calibre
of staff. Technical specialists across many industrial sectors collaborate
with renowned institutions based in the region, to commercialise products
and deliver projects."
Marcus Johnson, Senior Operating Director, Page Personnel South

Find out more about the Thames Valley Universities and their relationship with the business community…

Discover more in this video interview with Michael Halliday,
UTC Reading
UTC's tailored curriculum is designed to be applied in
the workplace and includes 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.
University Technical Colleges

The Thames Valley is also home to 4 University Technical Colleges (UTCs) which deliver innovative, high-quality education combining technical, practical and academic learning…