Given the critical importance of skills in the workplace and of Business/University collaboration it is worth saying a few words about the UoR. The University of Reading is ranked as one of the UK’s most research-intensive universities and as one of the top 1% universities in the world.
It enjoys a world-class reputation for teaching, research and enterprise. Established as an extension college of Christ Church, Oxford in 1892, it received a Royal Charter in 1926, the only university to do so between the two world wars. Important achievements include being the first university to win the Queen’s Award for Export Achievement (1989) and twice receiving the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education (1998 and 2006).
The University of Reading is consistently one of the most popular higher education choices in the UK. A broad portfolio of full- and part-time degree programmes covers the arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences. The University also offers courses and research in such specialist areas as agriculture, construction management, horticulture, cybernetics, meteorology, real estate and typography, where there are few other national providers.
Many academic staff members are leading authorities in their fields, engaged in international research. Their calibre and commitment are major factors in the University’s continually high performance in national assessments and league tables.
Reading pursues an ambitious and innovative enterprise agenda. It has enjoyed considerable success in collaborative research partnerships, delivering over 1200 projects. Other services in demand are consultancy, technology transfer and intellectual property licensing. These close links with business and industry are evident right across the University. Collaborative research projects, the creation of spin-out companies and graduate placement schemes are just some of the many ways the university interacts with enterprise day-to-day.
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