The University of Reading
The University of Reading is recognised as one of the top 200 Universities in the world, and is home to 17,000 students from over 150 countries. We offer a wide range of programmes from the pure and applied sciences to languages, humanities, social sciences, business and arts. New research and the latest thinking continually feed into our teaching, with our academic staff working at the forefront of their fields of expertise, and we remain one of the most popular higher education choices in the UK.
Reading is one of the foremost research-led universities in the UK. The University features more than 50 research centres, many of which are recognised as international centres of excellence in areas including agriculture, biological and physical sciences, European histories and cultures, and meteorology.
The University is a four-time winner of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education, winning in 1998, 2006, 2009 and 2012. In 1989 the University of Reading became the first university to win the Queen’s Award for Export Achievement.
The School of Agriculture, Policy, and Development
Renowned for teaching and research
Since the 1800s, we have maintained a reputation for world-leading excellence in teaching and research.
In fact, teaching and research are interlinked: our research informs our teaching, and provides students with an excellent education that fosters graduates who continue to further the groundbreaking work that we do.
In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), our research was internationally recognised, with 81% rated as internationally excellent and 45% as world-leading, which means that what we do has a global impact.
The University of Reading submission to the Agriculture, Food and Veterinary Science panel was ranked fourth out of 30 submissions on "Research Power". In the 2017 QS World Subject Rankings, we were ranked 10th for Agriculture and Forestry research. We are also consistently ranked as the UK's top university for impact in Agricultural Sciences research (ISI Web of Knowledge, Essential Science Indicators).
We are a global leader in International Development research and education and offer a wide range of programmes as part of the Graduate Institute of International Development, Agriculture and Economics (GIIDAE), bringing together postgraduate students from more than 35 countries on programmes that are taught by development practitioners.
Our teaching and research excellence spans animal science and nutrition through to environmental management and the food chain. We also have a well-established and internationally respected expertise in marketing and consumer behaviour.
An excellent community for learning
Each year we teach more than 700 students from around the world, creating a truly international environment of undergraduate, postgraduate and higher degree students.
Together with your peers, you will be based in the School's dedicated building on Reading's award-winning parkland campus. Our modern facilities include everything from large modern lecture theatres and state-of-the-art research facilities both on campus and at our working farms. The School building has a café and comfortable student meeting spaces, and 24-hour access to computers. The building also houses a comprehensive student support centre.
You will have the opportunity to make friends and interact with students across a varied range of degree subjects, and you will be encouraged to participate in everything the University has to offer, including joining clubs and societies, sitting on School committees, acting as student ambassador on Open Days, and making use of the extensive sports facilities on campus.
Diverse, interdisciplinary expertise
Covering a diverse range of academic topics, the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development has expertise spanning agriculture, international development, environmental management, marketing and animal science.
We are home to 160 academics and researchers, many of whom sit in our academic groups:
Our research and research staff also play key roles in a variety of interdisciplinary University-wide centres, including: Agri-Environment, Crop Production, Applied Economics, Marketing and Development, and Animal, Dairy and Food Chain Sciences.
Our research and research staff also play key roles in a variety of interdisciplinary University-wide centres, including: