Reading University

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Group.png Reading University  
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Formation1892
HeadquartersUK
Type• Public
• red brick
Its first Principal is the geographer Halford John Mackinder

The University of Reading is a public university in Reading, Berkshire, England. It was founded in 1892 as University College, Reading, a University of Oxford extension college.[1] The institution received the power to grant its own degrees in 1926 by royal charter from King George V and was the only university to receive such a charter between the two world wars. The university is usually categorised as a red brick university, reflecting its original foundation in the 19th century.[2]

In 2019 The Guardian reported that the university was in "a financial and governance crisis" after recently reporting itself to regulators over a £121 million loan. The university is sole trustee of the charitable National Institute for Research in Dairying trust, and after selling trust land had then borrowed the £121 million proceeds from the trust, despite the potential conflict of interest in the decision making. Including this loan, the university has debts of £300 million, as well as having an operating deficit of over £40 million for the past two years.[3][4]

In 2021 the university declared, in a statement reply to the student's union, that it would not refund tuition fees for its students[5] for closures or interruptions from of lockdowns or other measures.


 

Alumni on Wikispooks

PersonBornNationalitySummaryDescription
Laurence BooneFranceEconomistFrench economist who caught a "Bilderberg wind" at the 2015 Bilderberg. By 2018, OECD Chief Economist
Sharon Bowles12 June 1953UKPolitician
Lawyer
A member of the European Parliament
Hamish de Bretton-GordonSeptember 1963Author
Soldier
UK soldier turned businessman and author
Anthony FitzherbertJanuary 1939UKAcademic
Farmer
Institute for Statecraft member and former FAO Programme manager in Afghanistan who co-authored research on crop yields.
Mark Pawsey16 January 1957UKPolitician
Mark Prisk12 June 1962UK
Greg Rowett21 January 1994UKDeep state functionary"Information warfare specialist" at the Institute For Statecraft
Avi Shlaim31 October 1945Academic
Historian
Frank TaylorAir accident investigator
George Zanias16 August 1955Greece
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