| Reading University |
• 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. 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.
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.
In 2021 the university declared, in a statement reply to the student's union, that it would not refund tuition fees for its students for closures or interruptions from of lockdowns or other measures.
Alumni on Wikispooks
|Laurence Boone||France||Economist||French economist who caught a "Bilderberg wind" at the 2015 Bilderberg. By 2018, OECD Chief Economist|
|Sharon Bowles||12 June 1953||UK||Politician|
|A member of the European Parliament|
|Hamish de Bretton-Gordon||September 1963||Author|
|UK soldier turned businessman and author|
|Anthony Fitzherbert||January 1939||UK||Academic|
|Institute for Statecraft member and former FAO Programme manager in Afghanistan who co-authored research on crop yields.|
|Mark Pawsey||16 January 1957||UK||Politician|
|Mark Prisk||12 June 1962||UK|
|Greg Rowett||21 January 1994||UK||Deep state functionary||"Information warfare specialist" at the Institute For Statecraft|
|Avi Shlaim||31 October 1945||Academic|
|Frank Taylor||Air accident investigator|
|George Zanias||16 August 1955||Greece|
- https://www.theguardian.com/education/2019/feb/09/reading-university-in-crisis-amid-questions-over-121m-land-sales |title=Reading University in crisis amid questions over £121m land sales |author=Andrew McGettigan, Richard Adams |newspaper=The Guardian