Pathways to Property - can you help?

At the 11th Annual Dinner in November, RREF launched Pathways to Property, a new initiative to raise the profile of property to academically able students in Year 12 (aged 16-18) from non-traditional backgrounds, to encourage them to apply to study real estate and planning at The University of Reading. The project is funded by British Land, The Sutton Trust, RREF and a number of property firms who have committed their support over the next three years.

Pathways to Property

Students who participate on the scheme will be invited to The University of Reading in July to participate in a residential summer school, taking part in lectures, seminars and site visits as well as getting a taste of university life. After the summer school, students will take part in a mentoring programme and a work placement. Participants will also receive help with their UCAS applications.

The project will provide much needed opportunities to students from non-traditional backgrounds to develop their understanding and experience of the property industry as well as helping them build vital networks within the sector. The project has been welcomed by industry and has government support following a recent letter from the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg.

Raising awareness in schools

In the lead up to the summer school in July, Pathways to Property will be working in state schools and colleges across the South East to improve awareness of the property sector with students, teachers and parents. There is currently a lack of awareness and understanding of the profession and the potential career prospects in all but a minority of schools.

How can alumni help?

We are looking for alumni, particularly recent graduates, who would be willing to accompany RREF staff on visits into schools, to give a talk and share their experiences working in property.

Topics which alumni will be asked to cover in the talk:

  • Outline of your role and what a typical day may involve
  • Discussion about some of the projects you are working on or have worked on and what your involvement was
  • Discussion about what attracted to you this career and what you really enjoy about the role
  • Outline of how you got into your career

Full support will be given to volunteers. Volunteers will be contacted when we require talks to schools.

If you are interested in helping with school visits, please click here to register your interest, indicating which areas of the South East you would be able to travel to.

Further information

For more information on Pathways to Property, please contact Rachel Lad on +44 (0) 118 378 4196 or

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