The 2013 edition of the authoritative and widely-respected higher education guide published ranks the institution in 24th place compared to 33th last year. The publication ranks 116 UK universities according to eight criteria, including student satisfaction, research quality, graduate job prospects and degree results.
According to the publication, Reading is second in the country for agriculture and land and property management, fourth for building and town and country planning and landscape, fifth for food science, seventh for archaeology and art and design and ninth for law.
It comes days after the release of a study by the university entitled ‘Global Reach, Local Impact’ which said the university contributed £650 million a year to the regional economy – the equivalent of £1.75 million a day.
It assessed the contribution made by the facility, its staff and students in the Thames Valley and said 4,000 jobs were created per annum as a direct result of the institution’s £219 million annual expenditure compared to £221 million in income.
The university Guide is also now ranked 25th in The Guardian, 32nd in the Complete University Guide and 12th in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey. A key element of The Times ranking was graduate prospects based on 2010 graduates.
Almost 70 per cent of Reading graduates are in graduate jobs or further study and 92 per cent are in employment, further study or volunteer-related positions. Vice-chancellor Sir David Bell said: “The University of Reading continues to rank among the leading research-intensive universities in the UK.
“It is pleasing to feature so strongly in all this year’s league tables, including The Times.
“However league tables only offer a snapshot into the strengths of a university such as Reading by attempting to reflect factors such as the quality of the student experience, research quality and employability.
“Students who are successful in gaining a place at the University of Reading can expect a stretching and challenging academic experience, top-class facilities and good prospects.”