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Honest reviews of Reading University?

Heard mixed responses about Reading, could someone give me their honest review of the uni as I am deciding whether to apply here through clearing. I am applying to their business school. How is teaching quality, student support, societies etc? Cheers
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Hello,
I’m not a Business student, but I am a Final Year Law student at Reading University.

When looking at pastoral care, I cannot fault the university. During my Second Year, my mother was diagnosed with Cancer and thus, I was required to return home (Bradford) to take care of her. The head of the law school phoned me personally to ask about my studies and how the university could accommodate that.
My personal tutor emailed me at least once a week and I received a message from the vice-chancellor.

The university lecturers can vary in quality.
Some have been phenomenal, lecturing to themselves both in strikes and quarantine to upload to us and open to students both on Blackboard through a forum and in emails.

Some have been subpar in how they have approached student learning at times of difficulty. My course had harsh markers that pushed everyone to work to a higher standard though.
Reading is not elite by any means, but we are usually at 30-40 in the official league table and it is a Red Brick institution.

Union nights on campus are a big hit, with many events being sold out due to popularity. In turn however, the town itself can be dead throughout the week, with a few seedy bars such as The Purple Turtle being an epicentre of student meetings because they are cheap.

I hope this info is helpful in some way. If there are any other questions, feel free to ask.
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Hi,

Henley Business School has an excellent reputation, it is one of only 75 business schools in the world to hold triple-accredited status from the leading UK, European and US accrediting bodies: AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB. More information about this can be found here: https://www.henley.ac.uk/about-us/accreditations

Further, Henley Business School ranks extremely highly both nationally and internationally for the quality of the courses delivered by the school, as detailed here https://www.henley.ac.uk/rankings-and-facts

The Whiteknights campus in Reading has also won 9 Greenflag awards in recognition of the beautiful parkland that the campus is situated in. The University of Reading is also heavily investing in its facilities, with the £40 million renovation of the Library being completed last year. Many further improvements are also planned as part of a much larger regeneration project. More information on this can be found here https://www.reading.ac.uk/about/2026-transform

In terms of societies, RUSU (Reading University Students' Union) is home to over 100 clubs and societies, catering for nearly all sports, hobbies and interests. Also, if you cannot find what you are looking for, any student can set up his/her own club or society.

I hope that helps,

Ed
Student Ambassador
Original post by UniofReadingPG
Hi,

Henley Business School has an excellent reputation, it is one of only 75 business schools in the world to hold triple-accredited status from the leading UK, European and US accrediting bodies: AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB. More information about this can be found here: https://www.henley.ac.uk/about-us/accreditations

Further, Henley Business School ranks extremely highly both nationally and internationally for the quality of the courses delivered by the school, as detailed here https://www.henley.ac.uk/rankings-and-facts

The Whiteknights campus in Reading has also won 9 Greenflag awards in recognition of the beautiful parkland that the campus is situated in. The University of Reading is also heavily investing in its facilities, with the £40 million renovation of the Library being completed last year. Many further improvements are also planned as part of a much larger regeneration project. More information on this can be found here https://www.reading.ac.uk/about/2026-transform

In terms of societies, RUSU (Reading University Students' Union) is home to over 100 clubs and societies, catering for nearly all sports, hobbies and interests. Also, if you cannot find what you are looking for, any student can set up his/her own club or society.

I hope that helps,

Ed
Student Ambassador

Hi, I'm planning to join Henley for masters in 2020 session. I received an email from Henley that they will be using a blended approach to teach students, both online and classroom lectures will be held. As an international student i wanted to confirm that will there be some classroom lectures for sure? As there's no point coming all the way to UK just to attend online classes. Thank you.
Original post by Anonymous
Hi, I'm planning to join Henley for masters in 2020 session. I received an email from Henley that they will be using a blended approach to teach students, both online and classroom lectures will be held. As an international student i wanted to confirm that will there be some classroom lectures for sure? As there's no point coming all the way to UK just to attend online classes. Thank you.

Hey,
I cannot say for definite either way. Your best option is to contact the school directly which you can do via this link: https://www.henley.ac.uk/about-us/how-to-find-us
I hope this helps

Zoe
First year biological sciences and student ambassador
Original post by Anonymous
Hi, I'm planning to join Henley for masters in 2020 session. I received an email from Henley that they will be using a blended approach to teach students, both online and classroom lectures will be held. As an international student i wanted to confirm that will there be some classroom lectures for sure? As there's no point coming all the way to UK just to attend online classes. Thank you.

The plan is yes there will be,

But of course, no one can say for sure depending on the situation.
Original post by Anonymous
Heard mixed responses about Reading, could someone give me their honest review of the uni as I am deciding whether to apply here through clearing. I am applying to their business school. How is teaching quality, student support, societies etc? Cheers

What were the entry requirements for that course through clearing, was it lower than the regular offer?
Original post by Anonymous
Heard mixed responses about Reading, could someone give me their honest review of the uni as I am deciding whether to apply here through clearing. I am applying to their business school. How is teaching quality, student support, societies etc? Cheers


Honestly, I didn’t have a good experience with Reading, but this was partially due to extenuating circumstances. The university campus is lacklustre, the disability support is minimal, the accommodation is overpriced, far from campus and some of them are a **** hole (do NOT go to St Patrick’s hall!!). Not to mention Reading’s town sucks. It’s not very clean, it’s extremely dangerous and there honestly isn’t anything to do. There’s no leisure centre, no ice rink, the Oracle gets old really fast, there’s I think only one nightclub (I don’t go clubbing so this is what I’ve heard from others) etc. The only good thing is there’s some decent restaurants and it’s pretty close to London (you can get a train straight to Paddington in 20 minutes).
The university also has some decent sports clubs, but other than that, it kinda sucks. The lectures vary in quality from superb to not so great, and the university is taking a “blended learning” approach, which is their way of essentially telling you that most of your course will be on Blackboard. Very disappointing for me considering I was paying £9,250 for my undergraduate course!
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