Foundations for the Future: A Look Back at the Evening Lecture Series

The RREF Evening Lecture Series has once again proved very popular with Real Estate and Planning students this year, offering the chance to gain invaluable commercial awareness of the property industry; network with graduates and, of course, the added (but not primary!) attraction of free pizza and beer.HBS

Throughout the Autumn and Spring terms, these lectures have offered the rare opportunity to hear the views of a wide variety of key property professionals, all at the forefront of the industry that we are all working to become a part of. They have raised topical issues, spoken about challenges and opportunities, and often given an insight into their own career path, providing students with a personal perspective of what a career in property really involves.

It was clear from the beginning that the lecture series would provide such exposure when it began in the first week with Bryan Laxton, the CEO of Cushman and Wakefield, discussing 'Key Occupier Trends'. It was both exciting and perhaps a little daunting when he told us that some years earlier he had been sitting in our position as a student at Reading. Having heard in the following weeks from senior figures from companies such as Savills, Jones Lang LaSalle and Vail Williams (all Corporate Patrons of RREF), we were once again reminded of our own position as students by David Atkins of Hammerson, also a Reading Alumnus. He gave a thought-provoking talk about 'The Retail Sector', explaining the operations of a specialised or niche property firm and discussing the changing face of retail and how the property industry must adapt to meet new requirements, and the series was rounded up by CBRE's Richard Williams, who gave a stimulating talk entitled '5 Reasons to Think Big".

The RREF Evening Lecture Series, like all RREF events, offers a unique opportunity to Reading students. In this case it is the ability to learn from, question and even meet leaders of the industry today. It is an excellent way of connecting current students with Reading's illustrious alumni network and showing the promising possibilities of a career in property, particularly as a Reading graduate.

- Bronnie Edwards, MSc Real Estate 2013/14, Pathways to Property Project Assistant.

Further Information

If you are interested in discussing ways to support RREF please contact Jane Symmons, Senior Development and Projects Manager, or +44 (0) 118 378 4096.

To find out more about the Evening Lecture Series, please contact Katie Dunbar, Student Support & Employability Officer, or +44 (0) 118 378 4192.


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