Financial support for students in RREFs 10th Year is the highest ever

In the 2011/12 academic year, we have awarded 28 undergraduate and postgraduate students over £41,000 in financial support to date to help relieve the burden of financial worries. This is a fantastic achievement and demonstrates just how far support for RREF has come since 2002 when the bursary disbursements averaged £7,000 in a year. It is thanks to all current RREF donors - Pioneers, Friends, individual donors and Corporate Patrons, that we are able to support students to such an extent each year.

Over the past ten years, we have been in the favourable position of being able to provide financial assistance to over 120 students, many of whom may not have been able to continue studying without this additional support. One of these individuals is Nicholas Gunn, BSc Land Management, 2007, who received a RREF bursary during his studies. Now based in Australia and working as a Senior Analyst for CBRE, Nicholas reflected on how the financial assistance provided by RREF was vital:

"The support from RREF enabled me to complete the course without having the strain of worrying every day about my financial situation. If this additional financial assistance was not available to me it would have meant that I was not able to concentrate so much on my studies and achieve a good degree."

We are delighted to support individuals such as Nicholas who are able to use the support from RREF during their time at Reading, allowing them to excel in their studies and embark upon a successful career. There is a constant requirement to support students in this way to ensure that limited financial means are not a barrier to studying. A student who is currently benefitting from the financial support of RREF is Louise Binks, studying BSc Real Estate:

"I was recently awarded a bursary by RREF, offering me financial support whilst completing my degree in Real Estate & Planning, significantly easing the monetary burden on myself and my family. RREF does some fantastic work and enhances our education at Reading considerably. I hope to offer my support in the future once I have graduated and give something back to an organisation that has benefitted me substantially."

If you would like to support a Bursary and/or the Hardship Fund to ensure our financial provision for real estate and planning students at Reading is maintained and increased according to demand, please contact Nicole Gillham or 0118 378 4193.

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