Diversity of RREF Supporters shines in 2014

In 2014 many individuals and companies generously gave both their time and their money to RREF to support both our current students and those thinking of entering the profession through our widening participation initiative Pathways to Property.

Below are some examples of the support RREF received in 2014 to ensure the success of the next generation.

Dame Alison Carnwath supports valuable work shadowing for young people interested in Property

Dame Alison Carnwath, a former Reading graduate, has generously donated £30,000 towards supporting students on the Pathways to Property programme, which will allow the programme to provide bursaries to cover transport, clothing and other costs to ensure each of the students attending the Summer School has the opportunity to undertake a one week work shadowing opportunity in October or February after the Summer School, this has so far allowed 52 16-17 year olds a first-hand glimpse into working in property and will hopefully lead onto them gaining a place to study Real Estate & Planning at Reading or other universities.

Previously working in investment banking and corporate finance for 20 years, Dame Alison was appointed to the Board of Land Securities in September 2004 and became Chairman in November 2008. She is presently one of only three female Chairmen in the FTSE 100 companies and was awarded a DBE for services to business in the 2014 Queen's New Year's Honours.

1979, 1984 and 1989 alumni years successfully launch the new RREF Class Gifts programme

At the RREF Annual Dinner in October a number of year groups celebrating milestone graduation years generously supported the newly launched RREF Class Gift programme. The fund was launched to support students with financial difficulties on the BSc Real Estate that attend the University of Reading as part of the widening participation initiative Pathways to Property, which encourages students from deprived and non-traditional backgrounds and who are often the first in their family to go to university, to consider a career in property. You can find out more about this project and watch our Summer School video on our website.

To date the 1979, 1984 and 1989 alumni have raised nearly £11,500 which will support students from the programme starting at Reading in September this year to contribute towards living costs, accommodation and books and may make the difference between them being able to accept a place at Reading, or not.

Thanks to Sue Clayton (1979), Mark Ridley (1984) and Stafford Lancaster (1989) who volunteered their time to launch their year group class gift bursaries and to all those who have contributed so far; a full list of donors will be available on the RREF website in the coming months.

As we were celebrating 35 years since we left Reading this year, we decided to mark this milestone with a special gift from the “79’ers”. Around the time of the Annual dinner, with contributions from nearly 20 of us, we raised over £4,500 to fund a Class of 1979 Bursary which will support an Undergraduate student from the Pathways to Property programme throughout their time at Reading.’ Sue Clayton, CBRE Executive Director and RREF Trustee

We encourage all our alumni to join these year groups in supporting this great initiative and if your year group is celebrating a reunion year why don’t you consider establishing a bursary to support students.

The industry and RREF Supports Students through Course Work Prizes in 2014

In 2014 RREF were also pleased to work with a number of real estate companies to offer students enrolled on the BSc Real Estate the chance to win prizes as part of their course studies. With the prizes ranging in focus from specific aspects of Real Estate study to the core principles of team work they offer a range of opportunities for students to become engaged with the industry. For further information on who was awarded this year’s prizes read the full article here

If you are interested in supporting with a donation or to get involved with our prizes or initiatives please contact RREF at development@rref.reading.ac.uk  or on +44 (0) 118 378 4195


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