|Ditubuhkan||1926 - memperolehi status Universiti
1892 - University College, Reading
|Warna||Ungu dan Putih Diraja
|Canselor||Sir John Madejski|
|Timbalan canselor||Prof. Gordon Marshall|
|Pelawat||The Lord President of the Council ex officio|
|Kampus||Whiteknights: 1.3 kilometer persegi (321 ekar)|
Universiti Reading ialah sebuah universiti di bandar Reading, Berkshire, England. Ia telah ditubuhkan pada 1892 sebagai University College, Reading dan menerima piagam dirajanya pada 1926. Universiti ini mempunyai suatu tradisi panjang penyelidikan, pendidikan dan latihan di peringkat tempatan, negara dan antarabangsa. Ia menawarkan ijazah tradisional dan juga ijazah kurang biasa dan yang berkaitan dengan vokasional. It dianugerahkan Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education pada 1998, dan sekali lagi pada 2005. Ia merupakan salah satu daripada 10 universiti paling penyelidikan-intensif di UK, selain dianggap antara 200 universiti terbaik di dunia dalam Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2009
Dalam tahun-tahun kebelakangan, universiti ini telah dilanda kontroversi, dengan jabatan ditutup dan kakitangan kehilangan kerja. Universiti ini akan kehilangan 7.7% daripada pendanaan HEFCE pada tahun fiskal 2010-2011.
History[sunting | sunting sumber]
The University owes its origins to the Schools of Art and Science established in Reading in 1860 and 1870. These became part of an extension college of Christ Church of the University of Oxford in 1892, which became known as University College, Reading.
The new college received its first treasury grant in 1901. Three years later it was given a site, in London Road, by the Palmer family of Huntley & Palmers fame. The same family's continued support enabled the opening of Wantage Hall in 1908 and the Research Institute in Dairying in 1912.
The college first applied for a Royal Charter in 1920 but was unsuccessful at that time. However a second petition, in 1925, was successful, and the charter was officially granted on March 17, 1926. With the charter, the University College became the University of Reading, the only new university to be created in England between the two world wars.
In 1947 the University purchased Whiteknights Park, which was to become its principal campus. In 1984 the University started a merger with Bulmershe College of Higher Education, which was completed in 1989.
In October 2006, the Senior Management Board proposed the closure of its Physics Department to future undergraduate application. This was ascribed to financial reasons and lack of alternative ideas and caused considerable controversy, not least a debate in Parliament over the closure which prompted heated discussion of higher education issues in general. On October 10 the Senate voted to close the Department of Physics, a move confirmed by the Council on November 20. Other departments closed in recent years include Music, Sociology, Geology, and Mechanical Engineering. The university council decided in March 2009 to close the School of Health and Social Care, a school whose courses have consistently been oversubscribed.
In January 2008, the University announced its merger with the Henley Management College to create the university's new Henley Business School, bringing together Henley College's expertise in MBAs with the University's existing Business School and ICMA Centre. The merger took formal effect on the 1st August 2008, with the new business school split across the university's existing Whiteknights Campus and its new Greenlands Campus that formerly housed Henley Management College. A further restructuring announced in September 2009 portends the loss of additional jobs, in the film, theatre and television department.
Campuses[sunting | sunting sumber]
The University maintains over 1.6 kilometer persegi (395 ekar) of grounds, in four distinct campuses:
- Whiteknights Campus, at 1.23 kilometer persegi (304 ekar), 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 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 smaller London Road Campus is the original University site and is closer to the town centre of Reading. The London Road site forms the base for the majority of the university's extramural and distance learning activities, and is home to the Centre for Continuing Education and the Professional Management Programmes as well as the Museum of English Rural Life. Moreover, it plays host to the University graduation ceremonies twice a year, in the Great Hall. London Road is currently undergoing extensive renovation to allow a number of departments to move from Bulmershe from 2011.
- The Bulmershe Court Campus in Woodley is the second biggest campus belonging to the University.[petikan diperlukan] Formerly Bulmershe Teaching College, in 1989 the College of Higher Education merged with The University of Reading and the campus is now the home of The Institute of Education and the Department of Film, Theatre and Television, alongside the Bulmershe site of Students’ Union, Breeze Bar, and Bulmershe Hall of Residences. It also has the largest hall of residence of the University. Furthermore, the campus hosts a range of the University's home sporting fixtures, including football, basketball and the Reading Knights American Football team. Bulmershe is currently due for closure in 2011 with departments moving to either London Road or Whiteknights Campuses.
- The Greenlands Campus, on the banks of the River Thames in Buckinghamshire. Once the home of William Henry Smith, founder of WH Smith, and latterly the site of the Henley Management College, this campus became part of the university on the 1st August 2008, with the merger of that college with the university's Business School to form the Henley Business School. The school's MBA and corporate learning offerings will be based at Greenlands, with undergraduate and other postgraduate courses being based at Whiteknights.
The University also owns 8.5 kilometer persegi (2,100 ekar) of farmland in the nearby villages of Arborfield, Sonning and Shinfield. These support a mixed farming system including dairy cows, ewes and beef animals, and host research centres of which the flagship is the Centre for Dairy Research.
As part of the proposed Whiteknights Development Plan in Autumn 2007, the University proposed spending up to £250 million on its estates over 30 years, principally to focus academic activities onto the Whiteknights site. The University also intends to site some functions on the London Road site, with a complete withdrawal from Bulmershe Court proposed by 2012.
Research[sunting | sunting sumber]
In the Research Assessment Exercise in 2001, five departments were awarded the top rate of 5* – Archaeology, English, Italian, Meteorology and Psychology, and fifteen departments were awarded the rating of 5. In the wake of the 2008 RAE, the university saw a cut of £4m (19%) in its recurrent research funding, the largest cut among the 1994 Group of British universities.
The Department of Meteorology was awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in 2005. Reading was the first university to win a Queen's Award for Export Achievement, in 1989.
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