Pathways to Property Update

Pathways to Property project shortlisted twice this year for the Times Higher Education Awards 2014

RREF_THE_FundraisingPathways to Property was launched in 2012, with a single aim: to help increase diversity within the Real Estate Sector, by widening access to real estate degrees at the University of Reading for those without connections to industry. The initiativeRREF_THE_Outreach
has been growing steadily throughout 2014 and this year we increased our outreach six fold compared to last year.

We are pleased to share that this is something which has also been recognised across the Higher Education sector as Pathways to Property has been shortlisted for a Times Higher Education Awards 2014 in the Widening Participation or Outreach Initiative of the Year category. This is the second short-listing this year; in the THE Leadership & Management Awards in May, the project was short-listed under the Outstanding University Fundraising Initiative category.

Through school talks, careers fairs and a teacher engagement event Pathways_to_Property_Sept_2014at The Shard we spoke to over 1700 students and 400 teachers and careers councillors about both property as a career and coming to the University of Reading to study Real Estate and Planning. All of this hard work culminated in our second residential Summer School which took place this July, where we welcomed over 100 students (up from 40 students in our first year) from around the UK to spend four days at the University of Reading.

With the majority of these students being the first in their family to consider attending university and none having any prior experience of Real Estate, they learnt about the industry through academic, industry and Reading Alumni talks, sites visits to The Oracle shopping centre, Green Park and Windsor Great Park and experienced first-hand the possibilities a career in property may offer them.

Our growing success and plans to expand our outreach even further mean we have also needed to grow our support base and RREF is very pleased to announce a number of new donors supporting the project. Alongside our principal donors (Gold level) British Land and The Sutton Trust, we are delighted to announce that University Partnerships Programme (UPP Group) have come on board as our first Silver level donors. We also have seven new Bronze level donors and these, along with all our existing donors are providing essential and valuable support to allow us to develop the project.

At a recent RREF event, Alan Froggatt, Chair of the Pathways to Property Board commented on the amazing growth of the project that was launched only 21 months ago. He commented, "as more of our Summer School students come to Reading as undergraduates over the next few years the demands on our bursary funds will increase hugely so we are very grateful for the increased support from our donors and we are still looking for more firms to get involved".

Our success depends on the dedication and involvement from our donors so as well as the financial assistance our supporters provide they are also providing week long work-experience placements for students who attended the Summer School along with a community of volunteers to give talks in schools, promoting the Summer School and a career in property.

Pathways to Property Supporters

Gold Level

Bristish Land, The Sutton Trust

Silver Level

University Partnerships Programme (UPP Group)

Bronze Level

Allsop, BNP Paribas Real Estate, Carter Jonas, CBRE, Cushman & Wakefield, Colliers International, DTZ, Gerald Eve, Gooch Cunliffe Whale, Hammerson, JLL, Knight Frank, Oxford Properties, Redevco, Savills, SEGRO, Strutt & Parker, The Crown Estate and Vail Williams

Neil Mackilligin, Senior Partner at Allsop who recently made the decision to become a Bronze donor explains why they are supporting Pathways to Property. "Allsop are delighted to be supporters of Pathway to Property which is a really positive initiative for the property industry. It will provide opportunities and education to many students from less advantageous backgrounds and at the same time provide employers in this sector with a more diverse and talented pool of potential graduates, which we very much welcome and eagerly anticipate. We also look forward to involving ourselves with the project and assisting with the development of these new entrants into our sector."

We rely on the kind support of our extensive network of alumni across the globe and our close links to the industry to continue and further develop our valuable work. Our supporters ensure that RREF can continue to grow the Pathways to Property project in order to promote diversity at the University of Reading and the property industry.

Further Information

We are grateful for all the companies currently supporting Pathways to Property and if you or your organisation would like to be involved please contact Jane Symmons, Senior Development Manager, RREF at

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