Student Profiles Undergraduate REP

James Latham

JamessmallBSc Real Estate, now at Guildhouse UK ltd

Enrolling on the BSc Real Estate and Planning degree course at the University of Reading was one of the best things I have ever done. Three years later, I find myself employed as an Assistant Development Manager in a commercial property development company in London.

In the first two years of the degree programme, you cover a vast range of subjects with everyone in the year group. This is a great foundation for any aspiring surveyor as it helps you to work out your strengths and weaknesses. I made the most amazing friends whilst working on a number of group projects and we all helped each other when the going got tough! Having discovered where my interests and strengths lay, I specialised in development and planning for my third and final year.

The property courses at the University of Reading open the doors to a number of opportunities, which I would never have thought possible. One such opportunity at the end of my second year was to work in Shanghai, China for 10 weeks. This was a joint Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) work placement opportunity and to date, this remains one of the highlights of my time at university.

Fiona Cohen

fionasmallBSc Investment & Finance in Property, now at Jones Lang LaSalle

I have recently graduated from the three year BSc Real Estate and Planning course at Reading University. I chose to study this degree because it encompasses a variety of subjects, including law, economics and valuation - there is something for everyone! The diverse and vocational nature of the course also meant that there was a broad range of jobs where I could seek employment. The university was invaluable in helping me to secure my ideal job through the annual Real Estate Careers Fair, RREF evening lectures from leading experts in the industry and partnering with surveyors from all different firms. The course has also provided me with a great social life through group work and the Reading Real Estate Society. As a result, I have made life-long friends and have truly enjoyed my time at the university.

George Minns

BSc Investment & Finance in Property followed by MPhil Real Estate Finance, Cambridge and now at DTZ

I chose Reading because of the reputation the Real Estate department has in providing the best education and career prospects in real estate. I wanted to do the course because it mixed different disciplines including economics and law, and because it was unapologetically 'about the real world', not abstract or irrelevant to people, places and the economy. In my 3rd year the sub-prime crisis happened and suddenly property finance took centre stage in the global recession. We got to see just how relevant the subject really is! The course was hard work, but genuinely really interesting. I got involved in the Reading Real Estate Foundation and we put on a ball and some other stuff including casual evenings with guest speakers. I was offered a job at DTZ in my third year, but deferred it to be a student for one more year, this time doing the same subject at Masters level at Cambridge University. I now work in corporate recovery for DTZ in London which is a great place to be.

Martin Moriarty

moriartyBSc Investment & Finance in Property, deferred employment one year and now with Montagu Evans

After three years of study I can honestly state that the outstanding reputation entrenched with the Reading name is justified. The course consistently challenges and develops students academically whilst enhancing important interpersonal characteristics such as communication and team working skills. The professionalism and exceptional support of the teaching staff provides great inspiration; furthermore the institution's sustained link with the industry keeps the department in touch whilst creating strong prospects for graduates. My time was most certainly a worthwhile experience.

Jo-Ann Ciorra

Ciorra thumbBSc Investment & Finance in Property, now at CB Richard Ellis

To sum up my experience at Reading; Real Estate students work as a team, have a great social life and know that what we learn is completely relevant to the industry we hope to join.

Aled Jones

jones-thumbBSc Land Management, now at Rees Richards and Partners

After several recommendations, Reading seemed the natural choice to study Land Management. All aspects of the course lived up to its outstanding reputation within the industry and there is no doubt that Reading is the premier institution in Real Estate and Planning. The course was both challenging and stimulating, but above all, what impressed me the most was the friendly atmosphere, backed up by an active social network. Definitely the most valuable three years of my life.

Eleanor Kirkby

krkby thumbBSc Land Management, now at Cushman & Wakefield

The three years I spent doing real estate at Reading have been the best of my life. The Department deserves its excellent reputation, it's like one big family. The degree is stimulating, the lecturers fantastically helpful, the students friends for life.

Alex Hicken

Alex HickenBSc Land Management with MSc Urban Planning and Development, now at DHA Planning & Development Consultants

Students with interest in land and property can find no better place then Reading to study. Its wide-ranging course allowed me to develop a broad range of practical and analytical skills. The diverse programme exposes students to varied contemporary issues, allowing final year opportunities to specialise in specific areas. The "3+1" course offers a broader insight into both the surveying and planning professions, giving greater scope for employment in both the public and private sectors whilst at the same providing dual qualifications for RICS and RTPI membership. Without a doubt Reading offers students both the professional and social qualities required for the wider world and it is no secret that Reading Land Managers work hard and play hard!"

Emily Strong

Emily StrongBSc Investment and Finance in Property

Having spent three years at Reading it is evident how it gained its strong reputation as one of the leading institutions in the country to study Real Estate and Planning. The course teaches a wide variety of subjects over its duration starting with a good theoretical grounding and becoming more applied in later years. Students are also given the opportunity to learn many vital vocational skills which are crucial in today's competitive work place. The strong participation of staff in cutting edge research ensures that students are always kept at the forefront of new industry developments. The staff are also friendly and approachable and although the students are not spoon fed, lecturers are always willing to help and point you in the right direction.

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