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Corporate involvement

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One of RREF’s key roles is to initiate, facilitate and cultivate strong relations between the Department of Real Estate & Planning and the real estate industry, both in the UK and internationally. Below is an outline of some of the keys ways in which you can work with RREF.

You can always contact the Development team at or on +44(0)118 378 4096 and we will be happy to discuss opportunities with you in person.

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Corporate Patrons form a fundamental part of our support network, enabling us to carry out core activities, and through their generous support provide current Real Estate & Planning students with a powerful connection to the industry. Learn more about our Corporate Patrons here.

"Savills is proud to support the Reading Real Estate Foundation, as a Corporate Patron. We are committed to improving both the education of students on property related careers and diversity and inclusion within the industry. We currently have graduates in the business, who we first met in previous years through the various RREF initiatives, sparking their interest in the industry." James Sparrow (CEO, Savills UK and EMEA)

One of RREF’s key roles is to initiate, facilitate and cultivate strong relations between the Department of Real Estate & Planning and the real estate industry, both in the UK and internationally. As a Department, Real Estate & Planning benefits immensely from engagement with industry from sharing industry knowledge and working with corporates to research and develop innovative solutions to current issues.

We are committed to furthering the advancement of cutting edge research, and RREF Supports a number of PhD REP students with a funded scholarship to start their research career at Henley Business School as well as offering seed funding to start new areas of enquiry by funding activities such as data analysis, fieldworks costs and workshops. You can discove more about our research activity here and if you are interested in collaborating, developing or supporting research funding please contact us on the details above.

"The award has had such a huge positive impact in all aspects of my life from day to day living as a student as well as boosting my confidence in gaining the knowledge and expertise to enter the property sector and succeed in my career. I can afford to buy books to compliment my core learning and content, participate in societies, afford course materials and extras. I can go about my studies without financial worries; something that has burdened me from my early teenage years.” Sue Clayton Bursary Recipient

Corporate support enables RREF to provide bursaries and scholarships that provides students with financial support to receive a world class education, or through our Pathways to Property scheme that encourages those from non-traditional backgrounds in to the industry. It also provide a key role in offering our students insight to the real world of the industry by hosting internships, participating in evening lectures, attending our Careers Fair as well as supporting multiple industry-sponsored prizes co-ordinated by RREF that are available for specific coursework, promoting innovative teaching and learning practices, as well as graduation prizes that celebrate excellence.

We collaborate closely with our real estate network, with many of our corporate supporters hosting and sponsoring RREF Events, including research and industry presentations, helping to facilitate knowledge exchange and interaction across the real estate industry. You can see our upcoming RREF events and networking opportunities here.

You can also network as part of the RREF community via our alumni and supporter platform Henley Live where we feature the latest news and developments.

If you think you have a great venue, or want to help shape events as part of our Events Committee please contact us on for more information.

We are a registered charity focussed on supporting real estate and planning education at the University of Reading and in creating a more diverse and inclusive business future. For many industries such as real estate the importance of a robust corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme cannot be under-estimated. With our understanding both of corporate concerns and how to make a difference through education, RREF offers interesting opportunities for CSR within many of our initiatives that support widening participation, increased diversity and mental health. If your firm is looking for a CSR opportunity please contact on the details below to discuss how we can align with you.