The University of Reading is a university in the English town of Reading, Berkshire. The University was established in 1892 as University College, Reading and received its Royal Charter in 1926. It is based on several campuses in, and around, the town of Reading. The University has a long tradition of research, education and training at a local, national and international level. It offers traditional degrees and also less usual and other vocationally relevant ones. It was awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in 1998, 2005, 2009 and again in 2011. It is one of the ten most research intensive universities in the UK and ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world by THE. 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 of the University of Oxford. The Schools of Art and Science were transferred to the new college by Reading Town Council in the same year. The new college received its first treasury grant in 1901.
Britain needs 'super-sub bees' to maintain food supply
Rare bees and insects must be protected to give British farmers a strong 'reserve squad' of pollinating species and prevent potential food shortages in the future, scientists say.
Exploring ancient life in the Vale of Pewsey
Our knowledge of the people who worshipped at Stonehenge and worked on its construction is set to be transformed through a new project led by the University of Reading.
Climate change brings rain to fragile African ecosystems
Live Aid took place 30 years ago this summer, raising £150million for drought-stricken regions of Africa. But the world inadvertently did something else to help: greenhouse gas increases brought back life-giving ...
Researcher says forecasting pollution can be difficult and complicated
Dr Helen Dacre, a lecturer from the University's Department of Meteorology provides expert opinion on the high levels of pollution forecast for Friday 10th April. ...
Red kites 'commute' into suburbs to be fed
A rare bird of prey, once almost extinct in Britain and Ireland, has made a spectacular return to the skies above UK towns thanks to people feeding them, new research has found.
Countryside changes 'more damaging' to bees than urban sprawl
Under-threat bees have suffered more from changes to rural landscapes over the past century than from expanding towns and cities, a new report has found.
Solar eclipses and the middle ages
Dr Anne Lawrence from the University of Reading's Department of History examines what solar eclipses meant to our ancestors.
Take part in the world's biggest eclipse weather experiment
Scientists at the University of Reading are turning the skies of Britain into a giant weather experiment as the country experiences a solar eclipse later this month - but they need your help.
New model set to reveal oldest spoken words yet
A team of University of Reading scientists has developed a mathematical technique that can work out when changes to how words are pronounced occurred in different languages.
Preparing local schools for teaching evolution in the classroom
When did life first appear on Earth? What does evolution say about the existence of humans? The topic of evolution has been added to the Year Six primary school curriculum and will be mandatory in all schools ...
UN climate report lays out world's options, say scientists
The latest UN climate report provides the most comprehensive picture ever assembled of the evidence, effects and potential solutions to climate change, according to scientists at the University of Reading.
Forecasting problems could put Arctic shipping plans on ice
(Phys.org) —Shipping industry plans to make use of ice-free Arctic waters could be set back by new research showing more accurate sea ice forecasts could still be years away.
More UK-grown protein for animal feed would push up meat prices
Meat and milk produced in Britain would cost more, and reliance on cereal imports would increase if the UK grew more of its own crop protein for animal feeds, University of Reading research has found.
Could Iceland volcano disrupt air travel?
Following further reports of seismic activity around volcanoes in Iceland, scientists from the University's Department of Meteorology provide comment on the likelihood of an eruption - and how any ash plume ...
New method forecasts Arctic sea ice melt
(Phys.org) —Arctic sea ice coverage will continue to recover this year from the all-time low of summer 2012, according to experts at the University of Reading.