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The University of Reading began life in the 19th century as an extension College of the University of Oxford. Its main campus is set in 320 acres of parkland on the outskirts of Reading, with a second campus in town. It offers a wide range of degree programmes but its Henley Business School is particularly renowned, holding triple-accredited status, and consistently ranked in the world's Top 50 by The Financial Times and The Economist.

Key Facts


  • #34 in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022
  • #61 in the Guardian Good University Guide 2022
  • #36 in the Complete University Guide 2022

Latest undergraduate enrolment

  • 11,200

Latest postgraduate enrolment

  • 5,000

Year founded

  • 1926

  • Its wide range of degree span the pure and applied sciences, social sciences, languages, arts, humanities and business. ​
  • The university has a business school located in Johannesburg, an overseas campus in Malaysia and a newly established joint Academy with Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology in China. 
  • By the end of 2019, a £40m upgrade of the main library will be complete, and a £55m health and life sciences building is set to open, housing one of the largest teaching labs in the UK.
Areas of recognition

Within the 2022 Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide Reading is ranked in the Top 10 for the following subjects: Land and Property Management (#4), Food Science (#5), Building (#6), Agriculture and Forestry (#7), Italian (#7), Town and country planning and landscape (#7) and Subjects allied to medicine (#10).

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