Pathways goes Virtual

6 February 2015

Pathways goes Virtual

Our Pathways to Property project took another innovative step forward with its first virtual event for schools.  Teams of A-level students joined staff for a virtual debate.

Our Pathways to Property project took another innovative step forward with its first virtual schools event. Teams of A-level geography students from Loxford School (Redbridge) and Whitley Academy (Coventry) locked horns to debate the arguments for and against new housing development on the urban fringe of Reading. The debate required the students to prepare and present their case using background market, demographic and policy information and by taking the role of one of the stakeholders involved. 

The event was hosted by Virtually University, which is working with the Business School to expand its outreach activities, ably assisted by Phil Hallam from the University’s IT Service. Joe Doak chaired the debate and led the judging panel, which also included Pathways Manager Rachel Lad and Reading alumni Chris Read, Director of Blackshore Property Ltd. The panel found it impossible to separate the two schools and so awarded each team £100 in vouchers….which they might possibly use to invest in sustainable property development!

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