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University as an employer – University of Reading

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University as an employer

With over 4000 academic and support staff, the University of Reading is one of Berkshire’s biggest employers. Around 50 per cent of our staff are academics, working in our five Faculties – Arts and Humanities, Economics and Social Sciences, Life Sciences and Science, and the Henley Business School.

Our employees are our most important resource and have created our international reputation for excellence in teaching, research and enterprise. We invest heavily in creating a stimulating working environment that supports individual professional and personal development. We also promote a culture that cares for our employees’ wellbeing.

The University rewards exceptional performance, leadership and innovation with a number of staff awards throughout the year. Many academic staff members are world-leading authorities, working at the cutting edge of their fields. Independent external accreditation recognises their expertise, ranking 60 per cent of our academic staff as internationally excellent in research activities.


We provide plenty of opportunity for staff to refresh their skills and learn new techniques and technologies. Our Centre for Staff Training & Development offers over 200 free workshops each year, as well as accredited teaching and management programmes. All staff are able to enrol on as many programmes as they wish. Without leaving the campus, employees can also benefit from first-class sports and social facilities, many cultural events and counselling and healthcare services.

Equality and diversity

Our superb parkland campuses at Whiteknights, in central Reading, and at Greenlands, on the outskirts of Henley on Thames, are home to a cosmopolitan community where employees of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to reach their full potential. By actively promoting best practice in equal opportunities and diversity the University enjoys a positive working environment free from discrimination.

Our approach has led to a long and successful track record in recruiting and retaining high-calibre staff for the benefit of our students, stakeholders and local community.

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