Pathways to Property Update

RREFSummerSchool2015In July the RREF Pathways to Property initiative hosted its third summer school at the University of Reading.

By Emily Archer, Pathways to Property Project Manager, RREF

The last week of July saw Henley Business School, the University of Reading host 91 year 12 (lower sixth) students for four days on the Pathways to Property Summer School. Taking place from 27-30 July, the programme was supported throughout by Real Estate & Planning alumni, RREF supporters, industry volunteers and current Real Estate and Planning students, ensuring the participants had a packed schedule.

Covering both the academic and social side of university life, the Summer School provided students with an introduction to real estate and planning and helped develop their understanding of the career opportunities in property. Through a mix of lectures, a group project, off site visits and opportunities to network with industry professionals, the Summer School climaxed with groups of students debating a property development, each representing different interested parties, in front of a number of key industry figures. But it wasn’t all hard work - coupled with the academic side of the programme, the students had the opportunity to find out more about university life and enjoyed a social programme which brought them together as a group and saw new friendships developed.

Travelling from all over the UK, including Northern Ireland, the Summer School provided students with an opportunity to meet new people, make new friends, learn about a new and exciting subject, and develop a variety of skills. Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, with one student reporting, ‘I absolutely loved it, it made it clear how there are different areas of expertise within the property sector’ (Jivtar) and another that she ‘thoroughly enjoyed Reading’s Pathways to Property Summer School. It has enabled me to find out more about the property industry – directly from industry professionals, which I would never have been able to do myself’ (Cecile).

All the students who attended the Summer School have now been offered the chance of a week long work experience placement organised through Pathways to Property, with over half of them taking up the opportunity, in addition they’ve been invited to take part in an e-mentoring programme. E-mentoring gives the Summer School students the opportunity to be paired with a Real Estate and Planning undergraduate student at the University of Reading, giving them the chance to interact with university students, and to find out more about the course and university life.

To find out more about the Pathways to Property initiative and how you can get involved contact us at or see our website for further information.



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