RREF roundup 2012

2012 was a busy year for RREF: we celebrated our 10th Year Anniversary, held the inaugural RREF Telethon which raised over £22,000, launched the major new initiative Pathways to Property to help tackle the lack of diversity in the industry and broke a few RREF records when delivering our student projects and financial support. There were many highlights in 2012 but we have put together a small selection for you to enjoy:

January10 years of RREF

It was ten years since a group of key industry figures came together to found RREF, a unique educational charity. It was the intention that RREF would be a forward thinking organisation that would support real estate and planning education at the University of Reading and forge strong links between the School, its alumni and the industry. In celebration of our anniversary we produced a brochure detailing our history, our projects and our ambitions for the future.

MarchMentoring Reception

We welcomed Mr See Lian Ong, Global President of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), to the Mentoring Reception who spoke on his time at the University of Reading (he graduated in 1976 from BSc Quantity Surveying), his support of RREF initiatives such as the mentoring scheme, and a global perspective of the RICS.



Financial support for students was the highest ever in 2012 and by April we had already awarded over £71,000 to students in the form of bursaries, hardship grants, PhD Studentships and research support. This was 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.

JuneLeavers' Event 2012

The Class of 2012 were invited to attend the inaugural RREF Leavers' Event, giving students the opportunity to celebrate their time at Reading and to find out what RREF can offer them as an alumni association. The evening offered insight into life after graduation for students and how RREF continues to support alumni throughout their careers in a number of ways including CPD and networking events, regional groups and more.


The highly successful RREF Mentoring Programme grew to expand the opportunities we offer to international students who are studying Real Estate & Planning and the International E-Mentoring Scheme was launched. Non-UK students are given the option of being partnered with a UK mentor and a mentor from their home country so they will be able to compare practices and markets and assist them more readily in gaining relevant experience and job opportunities.

SeptemberRREF Telethon 2012

The inaugural RREF Telethon raised a fantastic £22,800 in support of the RREF Annual Fund and the next generation of property professionals, a great testament to the generosity of Real Estate & Planning alumni. We are extremely grateful to all those alumni who have donated to the Annual Fund as part of the RREF telethon and, in doing so, are helping to build for the future of real estate and planning.


We welcomed the highest number of exhibitors to date to the Annual RREF Real Estate & Planning Careers Fair which once again proved to be a huge success. 35 exhibitors met with over 300 Real Estate & Planning students throughout the afternoon who were all eager to see what they had to offer.

NovemberPathways to Property launch

Our major new initiative, Pathways to Property, was launched at the 11th Annual Dinner. The project, in partnership with British Land and The Sutton Trust, aims to attract talented students from less advantaged and non-traditional backgrounds into the property sector and is designed to offer students an insight into university life, studying real estate and career opportunities through a Summer School held at the University of Reading.

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