Benefits of Alumni Connection

Continue your connection to Reading through RREF and reap the benefits.

By Lindsey Keys, Alumni Relations & Events Assistant, RREF

Recently, Real Estate and Planning topped the Times University Guide lists for Graduate Prospects in the Times University Guide 2016 and the Economist has ranked the breadth of the overall Henley Business School alumni network as No.1 in the UK. By staying involved as an alumni and supporting Real Estate and Planning education at Reading you can continue to ensure that your alumni network and university continue to top University Guides in years to come.

As an alumnus of Real Estate and Planning at Reading you belong to a community of over 9,000 fellow alumni. Many of our alumni remain connected as donors and volunteers, volunteering their time on committees, Evening Lectures, helping to promote the Pathways to Property initiative at schools, attending our annual Careers Fair and mentoring current students in the RREF Mentoring programme.

By keeping your details updated with RREF we are able to ensure you will have access to some of the best networking and professional developments events in the industry, offered at a reduce alumni rate and with specifically tailored events for recent graduates. Providing the opportunity to network with a variety of alumni from all levels of the Real Estate industry, our social and fundraising events also enable you to re-connect with your peer group from your graduating year.

Sitting on one of our alumni committees has exceptional career benefits as you can further your professional development, meet and work closely with other alumni to organise topical and interesting events relevant to the industry or help to secure financial support for the charity to continue furthering its educational aims.

Hugh Gilmour (BSc 2005) became involved with the RG10 Committee as he felt that ‘Reading gave me such a good grounding for my career, and a big part of this was down to the University’s links with the Property Industry. I felt it was important these links continue so others could benefit from a course that can draw on real world examples, and people to support the classroom activities.’

Committee members, such as Paddy Allen, featured in this newsletter, also give back through their time supporting current students in the Mentoring Programme.

Holly Franklin, Mentor of the Year Award winner 2015 enthuses on the benefits mentoring has brought to her own career development; ‘The industry has changed remarkably in 10 years and it is fascinating to understand my mentees’ motivations for studying real estate and their aspirations. I also try to take that information away to think about whether I’m keeping up with the changes, or whether I should be doing things differently.’

By staying involved, whether through donations or as a volunteer, you are enabling the charity to provide alumni access to fantastic opportunities, ensuring current students receive an exceptional educational experience and providing opportunities through initiatives such as Pathways to Property to widen access to the Real Estate industry. But most importantly by keeping RREF up to date with your details you can ensure that you never miss out on hearing about all the benefits of being an alumnus from Reading.

We actively encourage our alumni to remain connected with us and the university and hope you will stay involved with RREF as you continue throughout your career.

If you would like further information on connecting with RREF as alumnus, contact us at or on 0118 378 4197.


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