Pathways to Property

Pathways to Property is a new initiative at the Reading Real Estate Foundation to widen access to the property profession and Real Estate & Planning courses at the University of Reading. 

The programme is targeted at academically-able Year 12 students from non-traditional backgrounds and is supported by British Land, The Sutton Trust and a number of leading real estate firms.

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Pathways to Property Summer School will take place on Sunday 20th to Wednesday 23rd July at the University of Reading.

The programme is open to Year 12 students from UK state schools who are interested in finding out about careers in the property sector, a £9 billion industry which currently employs approximately 100,000 people in the UK. The programme is free to attend with all activity costs, accommodation and travel provided.

The programme:

  • Work with staff and students from the School of Real Estate & Planning at the University of Reading, one of the leading institutions in the world for teaching and research in real estate and planning
  • Stay on campus in halls of residence and learn about university life
  • Take part in lectures, seminars and field trips
  • Meet industry professionals from some of the leading property firms in the UK
  • Discuss current themes in property such as sustainability, housing issues and regenerating cities  

Pathways to Property Summer School

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For further information please also see the Summer School 2013 page.

How to apply

Applications to the 2014 Summer School have now closed.  

How we select students

RREF_Summer_School_4smallerWe welcome applications from Year 12 students in state schools who meet all or some of the following criteria:

  • Students who have achieved A and B grades at GCSE and are on track to achieve similar grades at A Level (or equivalent)
  • Students from state schools from neighbourhoods with low overall progression rates to higher education or high levels of socio-economic deprivation
  • Students who have been looked after, accommodated or in care

After the Summer School

Students who successfully complete the programme will receive an undergraduate student mentor and will have the opportunity to apply for a 1 week placement in a property firm. A bursary is provided to those who take part in the work experience to cover travel costs and expenses.

Get involved

For further information about other activities in the programme, please see Information for schools and colleges

If you would like to find out about industry involvement in the initiative, please see Information for alumni and industry

How is the project funded?

Pathways to Property is led by The Reading Real Estate Foundation, a forward-thinking educational charity supporting real estate and planning education at the University of Reading. The initiative is being supported by the following donors who are sharing their expertise to ensure the project success:

  • British Land, one of Europe's largest real estate investment trusts 

  • The Sutton Trust, a charity improving educational opportunities for young people from non-privileged backgrounds 

The project is also receiving support from a number of leading property firms, including:

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Rachel Lad

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Pathways to Property

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