Celebrating 50 years of Real Estate & Planning

14 November 2018

Celebrating 50 years of Real Estate & Planning

Real Estate & Planning staff and alumni came together last week for a Gala Dinner to celebrate 50 years of Real Estate & Planning at Reading.

More than 340 people attended the event which was hosted by the Reading Real Estate Foundation at the London Marriot Grosvenor Square Hotel in London. The evening began with a welcome from Bryan Laxton (RREF trustee and former UK CEO, Cushman & Wakefield) who thanked everyone for their support of RREF and noted the appearance of the "50 year olds" (a table of students from 50 years ago).

Aurora Barrett (who was a student on our Pathways to Property programme and is now a REP undergraduate student) spoke on the way that attending the Pathways summer school had opened up the industry to her and how supportive RREF is of innovation and diversity…and sang a song!

Alison Nimmo (CEO, The Crown Estate) called on the industry to host the summer school students for work experience and said “If you have been inspired tonight by Aurora, make no mistake - Pathways to Property is changing lives by unlocking these students’ potential, and helping us change our industry for good.”

Dr Cathy Hughes (Head of Real Estate & Planning) highlighted the changes that REP has gone through in the last 50 years including much more diversity amongst both students and staff, and also some of the aspects that remain the same, our close relationships with the industry and with our alumni. She also looked ahead to the next 50 years…Cathy predicts that our core values will remain the same: to provide thought leadership to industry and policy makers through our innovative research and to empower our students to become outstanding professionals through teaching which is academically rigorous, yet relevant to practice, and by developing a supportive community. She finished by thanking everyone for their continued help and support which makes all of this possible.

There were some very generous donation of prizes for our raffle including tickets to Wembley and Twickenham and afternoon tea at Claridge’s. The dinner raised vital income for the Reading Real Estate Foundation which is now in its 16th year of offering financial support to our students through awards and bursaries. RREF also run our hugely successful mentoring programme and initiatives, including our Pathways to Property Summer School and the RREF Access Internship Scheme, to help increase the diversity of the profession.

More photos of the event are available on our Facebook page: http://j.mp/REPfacebk