UNIVERSITY OF READING

The University of Reading was founded as a University of Oxford extension college in 1892 as University College, Reading. The institution received the power to grant its own degrees in 1926 by Royal Charter from King George V and was the only university to receive such a charter between the two world wars. The university is usually categorised as a red brick university, reflecting its original foundation in the 19th century.

The university owes its first origins to the Schools of Art and Science established in Reading in 1860 and 1870. In 1892 the College at Reading was founded as an extension college by Christ Church, a college of the University of Oxford. The first President was the geographer Sir Halford John Mackinder. The Schools of Art and Science were transferred to the new college by Reading Town Council in the same year.

COURSES

Agriculture
Ancient History
Animal Science
Archaeology
Architecture
Art
Biological Sciences
Biomedical Engineering
Building and Surveying
Business and Management, Accounting and Finance
Chemistry
Classics and Classical Studies
Computer Science
Construction Management
Consumer Behaviour and Marketing
Economics
Education
Engineering
English Language and Applied Linguistics
Environment
Film, Theatre and Television
Food and Nutritional Sciences
Geography
Graphic Communication
History
International Development
International Foundation Programme (IFP)
Law
Marketing
Mathematics
Meteorology and Climate
Modern Languages and European Studies
Museum Studies
Pharmacy
Philosophy
Physics
Politics and International Relations
Psychology
Real Estate and Planning
Speech and Language Therapy
Surveying and Construction
Theatre
Zoology

ABOUT THE AREA

The University of Reading is a public university located in Reading, Berkshire, England.It has four major campuses both in the United Kingdom and internationally. The campuses on London Road and Whiteknights are based in the town of Reading itself, and Greenlands is based on the banks of the River Thames. It also has a campus in Iskandar Puteri, Malaysia. The university is organised into three academic faculties, a graduate school and the Henley Business School.

Whiteknights Campus, at 1.3 square kilometres (321 acres), is the largest and includes Whiteknights Lake, conservation meadows and woodlands as well as most of the University’s departments. The campus takes its name from the nickname of the 13th century knight, John De Erleigh IV or the ‘White Knight’, and was landscaped in the 18th century by the Marquis of Blandford. The main University library, in the middle of the campus, holds nearly a million books and subscribes to around 4,000 periodicals. The aim of this renovation is to provide more productive and usable work space for students at the university.

Reading University maintains four museums, a main campus library, a range of inter-departmental libraries, and a botanical garden. The largest and best known of these museums is the Museum of English Rural Life, which has recently relocated from a location on Whiteknights Campus to a site nearer the town centre next to the London Road Campus. The Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology, the Cole Museum of Zoology, the University of Reading Herbarium and the Harris Garden are all on the Whiteknights Campus.

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