Exploring Our Changing University

As the University enters its ninety-third year since the award of its Royal Charter, it is incredible to imagine how life in Reading has changed. Whether you graduated two, twenty or fifty years ago, what it means to be a student and the environment in which students learn has undoubtedly changed.

Each of us will have experienced campus in a very different way. From the School you were based in, to your preferred seat in the Library or your favourite green space – perhaps the Harris Gardens or a secret spot by the lake – these special, personal places will hold happy memories for most.

We would like to invite you to invoke some of those feelings of nostalgia with a new 3D virtual tour of the University’s Whiteknights and London Road campuses.

A chance to remember

Perhaps you’d like to show your partner, children or grandchildren where you used to hang out, or maybe you’re keen to see whether the buildings you remember studying in for hours on end have changed at all since you left?

This new, virtual tour allows you to navigate your way around all the top hot-spots on campus, and even put on your VR headset for a full 3D experience if you’re that way inclined!

If you’ve never seen behind the scenes in Film, Theatre and Television, peered inside the science labs or checked out the Food Processing Centre, then this is your chance – or perhaps you want to revisit the Great Hall down on the London Road campus?

Maybe you would like to take a virtual walk across Friends Bridge, or have a nose around the Art workshops? Well now you can do so, wherever in the world you are, from the comfort of your own computer, phone or tablet. We’d love to hear what you think.

Transforming spaces

Of course, campus is ever-changing as the University continues to invest in providing first-class facilities ahead of our centenary year.

Current developments as part of the 2026: TRANSFORM programme of works include a £40 million transformation of the Library and the creation of a brand new Health and Life Sciences building, which is set for completion in late 2019.

For more information about the University’s completed, current and proposed infrastructure development projects, see the 2026: TRANSFORM website.

In the meantime – we hope you enjoy a nostalgic walk down memory lane with our new 3D virtual tour.