Where can I study?
There is one university in the town of Reading: the University of Reading (also referred to as Reading University). The university provides places of study to over 22,000 students every year. Reading University is based on several campuses, all within the town. The Whiteknights Campus is the largest campus and measures 1.3 square kilometres. The campus includes a lake, conservation meadows, woodlands and the majority of the university’s departments. The main university library can also be found at Whiteknight Campus and holds nearly one million books and periodicals. The London Road Campus is located in the centre of Reading and is home to the Centre for Continuing Education and Professional Management Programme. The campus also forms the base for the university’s distance learning programme. The Bulmershe Court Campus is situated in Woodley and is home to the Institute of Education and the Department of Film, Theatre and Television. The Greenlands Campus lies on the banks of the River Thames in Buckinghamshire and is home to the university’s MBA programme.
The University of Reading enjoys a strong reputation, particularly in the fields relating to science, technology and agricultural studies. The university also performs well for academic research and is recognised as a leader in research relating to climate change, typography, archaeology, philosophy, food biosciences, construction management and law. In 2012, The Times Higher Education World University Rankings placed Reading University 164th in the league table of the world’s top 400 universities.