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University of Reading tops UK for Agriculture in 2022 QS Subject Rankings

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15 April 2022

Agriculture at the University of Reading has once again been ranked among the global elite, topping UK institutions offering courses in this field in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022.

The university moved up one place to be ranked 11th globally and 1st among UK institutions ranked for Agriculture & Forestry, a classification that includes study across a range of areas at Reading, including agriculture, food science, ecology, and soil sciences.

Professor Simon Mortimer, Head of the School of Agriculture, Policy & Development said: “We are a global leader in teaching and research into agriculture, and I am pleased that we have again been recognised as Britain’s leading centre in the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject. For more than a century, we have been playing a critical role in furthering the understanding and practice of agriculture and farming and will continue to do so in the future.”

Professor Richard Frazier, Head of the School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy, said: “Research and teaching about Food Sciences has a critical role for global health. As such, our ranking in the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject reflects our status as one of the largest Food and Nutritional Sciences departments in the UK. From advising governments to championing forgotten voices of people from areas of deprivation in food policy making, we are doing something about the significant challenges that we face in the food sector.”

This year, the University has also increased the number of subjects ranked among the world's top 200 higher education institutions to 14. These include highly placed rankings in Earth and Marine Sciences and Environmental Sciences.


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Nicky Godding is editor of The Business Magazine. Before her journalism career, she worked mainly in public relations moving into writing when she was invited to launch Retail Watch, a publication covering retail and real estate across Europe.

After some years of constant travelling, she tucked away her passport and concentrated on business writing, co-founding a successful regional business magazine. She has interviewed some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs who have built multi-million-pound businesses and reported on many science and technology firsts.

She reports on the region’s thriving business economy from start-ups, family businesses and multi-million-pound corporations, to the professionals that support their growth and the institutions that educate the next generation of business leaders.

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