University of Reading turns 90!

Thursday 17 March marked the 90th anniversary of the University receiving its official charter in 1926. We had celebration events on campus throughout the day and held a very special Court in the evening with 90 alumni joining us.


But the fun wasn’t just for those of us on campus. We were delighted to receive this amazing birthday message from our Chinese alumni. Thank you to all who took part in making this fantastic video. As an alumna myself it made me feel quite emotional to think of all the people around the world who hold such affection for this amazing institution. I am so proud to be part of this University’s history and it is wonderful to hear from others who feel the same.

We would love to hear from more of our alumni to celebrate this special day, and particularly to hear your stories from your time at Reading. You can email us at, tweet us using hashtag #UoR90th or post on our facebook page.

University of Reading Malaysia campus officially opened!

Malaysia 1The Malaysia campus in Iskander was officially opened on the 25 February with more than 400 guests, staff and students in attendance. You can watch a video of the ceremony here. University of Reading Malaysia is the University of Reading’s first multidisciplinary overseas campus and its fifth campus overall, alongside the Whiteknights and London Road campuses in Reading, and the Henley Business School sites at Greenlands and Johannesburg. The new facilities will educate up to 3,000 students, with ambitions to extend beyond the current building into new space at EduCity.

Vice-Chancellor Sir David Bell said: “This is a momentous day for the University of Reading and Henley Business School. We are celebrating our 90th anniversary this year and Henley’s 70th – but this is an ambitious and clear statement of intent for the future. This magnificent, state-of-the-art campus means we can project our world-leading research and teaching across Asia, while offering our students and staff with outstanding opportunities to study and work abroad.”

HilaryHilary Spicer, our Associate Director of Principal Gifts, attended the opening ceremony. This is what she had to say about the event:

The formal part of the event was held in the bright and airy atrium, known as the Heartspace of this state-of-the-art building, an area which lent itself beautifully to the procession, speeches and musical performances included in the ceremony.

The inauguration combined input from staff and students and had a genuine atmosphere of celebration enjoyed by all those who attended; with many of us marvelling at what has been achieved in such a short space of time.

With the formalities over there was the opportunity for lunch with friends and colleagues in a specially constructed marquee, followed by tours of the campus building. The tours were led by Student Ambassadors who completely engaged with their audience, as they escorted us round the new facilities. Their enthusiasm and pride in the University was a pleasure to witness.

It was a real privilege to be involved in what is a landmark event for the University of Reading and the Henley Business School. The development of this first-class teaching and research facility demonstrates a commitment to long-term investment in Asia and I felt honoured to have been at the launch.  

You can find out more about our Malaysia campus here.

We are looking forward to seeing how our newest campus develops, and will be keeping you up to date with the latest news as well as letting you know how you can get involved. Watch this space!