University of Reading

Why we've signed the Manifesto

"The principle and practice of public engagement is integral to the idea of a university. A university should provide a focus for debate, a forum for knowledge exchange and be a force for economic and social well-being in its region. Two-way communication is fundamental to this process. If it doesn't do public engagement, it isn't a university.

"At the University of Reading, we are delighted to sign up to the Manifesto for Public Engagement. Further developing the existing engagement ethos at our University will bring increased benefits to our many communities, our students, and our staff."

Professor Gordon Marshall, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Reading

Our approach to public engagement

  • Our researchers work with local residents and the NHS Hospital Trust to deliver better nutrition in hospitals
  • Our summer schools provide inspiration for the next generation of young scientists
  • We provide the facilities for staff, students and the local community to enjoy a gruelling game of squash or a relaxing pilates session
  • We find skilled student interns to fulfil local business needs
  • We are active players in community and business organisations
  • Our researchers provide windows into their worlds by appearing on local radio programmes
  • Our student sports teams provide coaches for local primary schools
  • We deliver training for mental health professionals.
  • Our three museums are open to all and are free of charge.
  • We run one of the most successful Knowledge Transfer Programmes in the country.
  • Our students volunteer to dig over the community garden in their spare time and give up their Wednesday afternoons to help out in local schools.
  • We run evening language classes open to all
  • We host community walks around our Whiteknights campus
  • Our public lecture programme regularly attracts audiences of over 400
  • We host regular open days for the local community
  • We organise for science ambassadors to go into local schools
  • Our beautiful main campus is a treasured community resource
  • The local community nominate our students for Community Awards
  • Many of our staff play active roles in their local communities and charities
  • We have worked with the sector to identify the skills requirements of the UK's biopharma industry


Name: Alex Brannen

Title: Director of Communications


Telephone: 0118 378 8005