College of Benefactors

Our most significant donors are recognised for their support at a special Graduation ceremony

The University of Reading recently launched the College of Benefactors to appropriately celebrate the exceptional contribution made by its most generous donors.

At the launch, during the Graduation College_of_benefactorsCeremony in July, the eight donors (or representatives of) were invited to join the graduation procession at the London Road campus in Reading. Henley Business School's members included Sir John Madejski OBE DL, The British Land Company plc, CBRE, SEGRO plc, and The International Capital Market Association (ICMA).

Each donor has given several hundred thousand pounds or more to the University or RREF and their generosity has transformed the lives of students, from providing scholarships through to supporting the development of new buildings and the acquisition of the latest research equipment and technology.

A familiar name, Sir John Madejski became Chancellor of the University in 2007 a result of the continuation of a distinguished relationship with the University. Sir John is patron of the John Madejski Centre for Reputation within Henley Business School, and was also a supporter of the new Agriculture Building in 2000, after which the Madejski Theatre is named.

CBRE are the largest and longest standing donors of Reading Real Estate Foundation (RREF) and have been Corporate Patrons since 2003. Ciaran Bird, CBRE Managing Director UK said: "CBRE is very proud of its long standing relationship with RREF, which has been going for over 10 years. We are strong advocates of a close partnership between academia and industry which is why we took the decision many years ago to fund a Chair in Real Estate Finance at the School of Real Estate & Planning. RREF plays a vital role in supporting young people at an important stage of their lives and as a company which is passionate about attracting and nurturing talented individuals we are pleased to be Corporate Patrons helping to fund bursaries for students in need. In addition, the work of RREF on projects such as the careers fairs, work experience placements and Pathways to Property help us and the industry to work towards our aim of increasing the diversity and quality of people coming into property."

British Land are principle donors funding Pathways to Property, a widening participation initiative established in 2012 by RREF and The Sutton Trust to encourage students from UK state schools and colleges to consider a career in property. British Land have provided expertise, industry knowledge and volunteers to help raise awareness of real estate as a subject of study amongst academically able pupils from disadvantaged and non-traditional backgrounds, breaking down barriers to applications.

The ICMA Centre at Henley Business School was founded at the University of Reading in 1991 through a unique collaboration between the University and the ICMA. In 2005 the ICMA further supported the University with a £5 million gift to expand the Centre's teaching facilities and add new dealing and seminar rooms.

Sir David Bell, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Reading, added: "Our donors make a huge difference to the lives of students, as well as to the University as a whole. Their generosity ensures that Reading continues to provide the very best student experience, as well as enabling us to continue with our cutting-edge research which is making a genuine difference to the world. We thank all of these donors for their exceptional support and welcome them to the College of Benefactors."

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