University of Reading

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The University of Reading
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Established 1892
Chancellor The Right Hon. the Lord Carington
Vice-Chancellor Professor Gordon Marshall
Location Reading, United Kingdom
Students (2004-2005) 15,326 total (4,339 postgraduate)
Member of 1994 Group

The University of Reading (pronounced "Redding") is a university in the English town of Reading.

Established in 1892, receiving its Royal Charter in 1926, the University has a long tradition of research, education and training at a local, national and international level. It was also awarded a Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in 1998.



The University maintains over 1.6 km² of grounds. The largest area is the Whiteknights campus, 1.23 km², including Whiteknights lake, conservation meadows and woodlands. The University also has campuses on London Road in Reading (the original University site) and at Bulmershe Court in Woodley.

The University also owns 8.5 km² of farmland in the nearby villages of Arborfield, Sonning and Shinfield. These support a mixed farming system including dairy cows, ewes and beef animals, and host internationally renowned research centres of which the flagship is the Centre for Dairy Research.


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The heraldic shield of the University

In the 2004-5 academic year, the university had 4,024 staff and 15,326 students. Probably the best known current member of the university community is the cyberneticist Professor Kevin Warwick.

Reading University Students' Union is the affiliated student organisation which represents the students interest. With around 3,000 international students from 120 countries, the university adds considerably to Reading's dynamic multi-cultural environment.

Research and Business Development

The university had a research income of almost £24.5 million in 2003-4, of which around 10 percent of annual research income derived from industrial or commercial sponsors. Over £2 million of funding has been secured in 2004 for business development and the commercial activities at the University.

In the Research Assessment Exercise in 2001, five departments were awarded the top rate of 5* - Archaeology, English, Italian, Meteorology and Psychology and fifteen departments were awarded the rating of 5.

Reading was the first university to win a Queen's Award for Export Achievement in 1989. Since then several initiatives to link the academic and commercial communities have followed. Reading Enterprise Hub, one of a network of SEEDA sponsored business incubators, opened on campus in 2003.

Museums and Botanic Gardens

Reading University maintains three museums and a botanic gardens. The largest and best known of these is the Museum of English Rural Life, which has recently relocated from a location on Whightknights campus to a new site closer to the town centre. The Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology, the Cole Museum of Zoology and the Harris Garden all remain on Whiteknights campus.

Halls of Residence

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St. Patricks' Hall Quad

The University now has thirteen operational Halls of Residence, which are:

Additionally St. David's and Mansfield Halls laterly formed part of Witan Hall (see below) and are not currently in use. The former St. Andrews Hall closed in 2001, and is now the home of the Museum of English Rural Life.

St. George's Hall and The Reading Student Village are leased back to the University from UJC. The cost of leasing back the Student Village to the University, according to the University accounts, was £1.5 million for 2003/2004 and £1.3 million in 2002/2003.

Associated organisations

Formerly associated with Reading University was Gyosei International College, a Japanese/British bi-cultural institution established on part of the University's original London Road campus. Subsequently the college's links with the Japan-based Gyosei organisation were broken, and it became a charitably funded institution called Witan Hall. Recently this has in turn been purchased by the University of Reading, who have ceased student recruitment.


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