News and features


InFocus: PropTech

24 April 2018 - RREF is launching a survey to assess the impact of PropTech on the property industry, and how property professionals view its potential benefits and drawbacks.

Community Infrastructure Levy and Development Viability Appraisals

27 April 2017 - The latest research from Henley Business School by Professors Crosby and Wyatt. This topic will be covered at the new Research Forum on 4 October.

InFocus: Jo Allen

11 April 2017 - The Chief Executive of Frogmore Real Estate Partners shares her views on the sector and why they choose to support Pathways to Property.

International Alumni Network: Allen Holloway

21 March 2017 - A look at life as an international alumnus, MSc graduate Allen also speaks about real estate differences between the U.S.A. and U.K.

Widening access to the profession

3 March 2017 - Pathways to Property developing a Mass Open Online Course to reach further potential students.

RREF founding member and former Chairman, Nigel Kempner, Passes Away

3 February 2017 - RREF founding member and former Chairman, Nigel Kempner passes away.

The Strange Rise of Viability Appraisals in the Planning System

24 January 2017 - Comment from Professor Pat McAllister on Development Viability Appraisals.

InFocus: Roger Carey

18 January 2017 - Roger discusses his philanthropic relationship with RREF.

Pathways to Property Work Experience 2016

5 December 2016 - 'It was absolutely amazing' - read how our students fared during a Work Experience Week at some of the top firms.

Centre for Real Estate & Planning Research

21 October 2016 - The impact of financial regulations on the European listed real estate sector.

Peter Byrne Travel Fund

19 October 2016 - RREF is launching the Peter Byrne Travel Fund, in memory of one of the School of Real Estate and Planning's most esteemed academics and Heads of School.

Pathways to Property Summer School 2016

14 October 2016 - 'It was the best experience of my life' - an update on the 2016 Pathways to Property Summer School.

Annual Dinner 2016: Whose table will you join?

27 September 2016 - Gather your classmates and join us at the Annual Dinner, particualrly if you are celebrating a special anniversary year!

RREF continues to support students through the JLL Valuation Prize

4 October 2016 - The Valuation Prize Winner for 2016 was formally announced at the recent RREF Evening Lecture.

Congratulations the Class of 2016

13 July 2016 - On the 6th July this years Real Estate and Planning undergraduates formally graduated from the university, read some of the literature we gave out on the day here.

International Opportunities for Students

15 June 2016 - Learn on how Real Estate students have been given the opportunity to study in Malaysia.

Global Campaign for Global School

07 June 2016 - As the University launches its first national campaign we reflect on the role support for Henley Business School has on shaping the global citizens of tomorrow

Mentoring through international boundaries

03 June 2016 - We talk to International Mentor Ibimina Kakulu and her mentees, Anthony Onum and Edward Acquah, on their successful partnership.

InFocus: Jack Haining

31 May 2016 - Recent Graduate Jack Haining tells RREF of his secondment in Milan.

Supporting RREF: Hugh Seaborn of Cadogan

27 May 2016 - RREF talks with CEO of Cadogan Estate, Hugh Seaborn on their support.

John Tranter Memorial, Mentoring Award Winners 2016

23 May 2016 - We are delighted to announce the winners of the John Tranter Memorial Mentor and Mentee of the Year Winners for 2016.

Leverage a truly global alumni community

10 May 2016 - Discover the international alumni networks

Impact of RREF Mentoring

24 March 2016 - As RREF celebrates its 8th RREF Mentoring Reception we look at the impact of Mentoring on those involved.

InFocus: Richard Jackson

22 March 2016 - RREF chatted with alumnus Richard Jackson.

University of Reading Celebrates 90th Anniversary

18 March 2016 - Read about the University of Reading 90th Anniversary celebrations. 

RREF Fundraising: Telephone Campaign 2016

14 March 2016 - Read about our latest telephone fundraising campaign and its impact on students who participated.

Student Life: Anthony Onum

09 March 2016 - RREF caught up with current student Anthony Onum, an international student on his experience at Reading.


07 March 2016 - Catch up with the latest research from the Centre for Real Estate and Planning Research on liquidity.

Alumni & Supporters listed as finalists in in Property Awards 2016

03 March 2016 - Sharing School of Real Estate and Planning alumni and supporters who have been nominated in this years Property Awards.

RREF Annual Review 2014/15

01 Dec 2015 - Presenting our review of 2014/15, learn how your support is building futures.

RREF 14th Annnual Dinner: Social, networking and fundraising success.

16 Nov 2015 - Read about our highly successful RREF Annual Dinner that took place earlier this month at the Park Lane Hotel in London.

Pathways students get a taste of the real, Real Estate

5 Nov 2015 - In October half term Pathways Summer School Students experienced the real, Real Estate industry through hosted work placements.

Real Estate & Planning to enter a new Partnership with INREV

4 Nov 2015 - The School of Real Estate & Planning has announced a new partnership with INREV to offer a certificate on European Non-listed Real Estate Investment.

Supporting Students: Building Futures, Together

30 Oct 2015 - Meet the first receipient of the Carey Family Scholarship.

Why is the RREF Access Internship Scheme important? 

17 Sept 2015 - This summer 15 Real Estate and Planning students were hosted as part of the RREF Access Internship scheme Read more about their experiences.

Upcoming Research at Real Estate and Planning 2015-16

11 Sept 2015 - Learn more about the new developments in research and how businesses can get involved.

InFocus: Bryan Laxton

09 Sept 2015 - This month, we focus in on one of RREF's most active supporters and former UK CEO at Cushman & Wakefield, Bryan Laxton.

Pathways to Property Summer School 2015

04 Sept 2015 - In July the RREF Pathways to Property initiative hosted its third summer school at the University of Reading. Read about the event here.

Donor Profile: Paddy Allen

27 Aug 2015 - Ben Herbert discussed with Paddy Allen, one of our donors his motivations for supporting RREF and the importance of giving back.

Benefits of Alumni Connection

31 Jul 2015 - Continue your connection to Reading through RREF and develop your connection with the university, reaping the benefits of staying connected as an alumni.

Congratulations to our 2015 graduates!

08 July 2015 - On the 8th July this years Real Estate and Planning undergraduates formally graduated from the university, read some of the literature we gave out on the day here.

Involving International Real Estate and Planning Alumni

01 May 2015 - As our Alumni community expands, hear why one of our international alumni chose to stay involved.

International Research at Real Estate and Planning in 2015

22 April 2015 - After excellent Research Excellence Framework (REF) rankings for research in 2014 learn what is going on in 2015.

Pathways to Property building awareness in schools

13 April 2015 - Learn about how Pathways has been raising awareness to young people and about the upcoming Summer School.

International Mentoring: Profile of a Mentor

7 April 2015 - Learn how the RREF Mentoring scheme works internationally from one of its international mentors, Matthias Schraeder.

Supporting International Real Estate and Planning Students

13 April 2015 - Discover the impact donor support has in helping International students to study Real Estate at Henley.

RREF Donor Report 2014

30 March 2015 - Learn more about how the Reading Real Estate Foundation is using your kind donations to help current and future Real Estate and Planning students.

Annual Fund telethon secures vital support for students

23 March 2015 - Discover this years Annual Telethon total and the importance of the RREF Annual Fund.

Pathways to Property 2014 Report

24 February 2015 - Learn more about the progress of our Pathways to Property initiative in our new report.

Alumni Volunteering as Mentors

20 January 2015 - We profile Holly Franklin, a current mentor and her involvement in the RREF Mentoring programme.

Generous Support for Pathways to Property Students

12 January 2015 - Pathways to Property receives generous support from UPP for future students.

Diversity of RREF Supporters shines in 2014

08 January 2015 - RREF received generous support from individuals and the industry in 2014.

Rankings confirm excellent year for Henley Business School 

20 December 2014 - MBA and Research Excellence Framework Rankings confirm Henley’s strengths.

RREF Supports Students through Course Work Prizes in 2014

10 December 2014 - In 2013/14 RREF were pleased to work with a number of real estate companies to offer students the chance to win prizes as part of their course studies.

Research@Reading Real Estate

30 November 2014 - Researchers at Reading help develop a House Price Index for Panama

13th RREF Annual Dinner

22 October 2014 - We had yet another fantastic Annual Dinner on 15 October 2014, read on for details and photos

Pathways to Property Nominated for Times Higher Education Award

15 September 2014 - Pathways to Property has been shortlisted in the Times Higher Education Awards twice this year. Here we explain a little more about the project and the way it is funded.

Have you booked your place at the RREF Annual Dinner?

10 September 2014 - This year the Annual Dinner has undergone a number of changes: a new location and a new date - 15 October at the Lancaster London Hotel.

20 students gain experience through the RREF Access Internship Scheme

01 September 2014 - This year 17 companies hosted 20 students as part of the RREF Access Intership Scheme, which has become an important element of the RREF programme.

Our most significant donors are recognised at a special graduation ceremony

01 September 2014 - British Land, CBRE and SEGRO were amonngst those recognised for their generous support by the University of Reading when it recently launched the College of Benefactors .

Charles Graham and Stephen Musgrave step down as RREF Trustees

31 July 2014 - After a decade of leadership, support and involvement two of the RREF trustees have recently stepped down from the RREF Board of Trustees, here we find out what that time has meant to them.

Research@Reading Real Estate: Cycling in Reading

01 July 2014 - Dr Philip Black, Urban Design Researcher at the School of Real Estate & Planning explains a little about a new research project: Cycling in Reading: An Urban Design Perspective. 

A Better Balanced Britain

27 May 2014 - RREF hosted its Annual Debate, this year focusing on A Better, Balanced Britain. Bryan Laxton chaired the panel of eminent speakers, Mike Emmerich, Alison Nimmo and Steven Norris.

RG10: Engaging the Recent Graduates

18 March 2014 - Oli Sprackling, 2009 graduate and Chair of the RG10 Committee explains why he got involved with the RG10s and his plan to take the group forward.

Funding for the Future: RREF Telethon 2014

18 March 2014 - The 2014 RREF telethon raised a fantastic £8,800 to support the next generation of property professionals at the University of Reading.

Adjusting the View: Relocating to Asia

16 March 2014 - 2007 graduate and former member of the RREF RG10 Committee, David Massbery, gives an account of his experiences of relocating to Hong Kong and taking on a new challenge in his career.

Research@Reading Real Estate

14 March 2014 - Dr. Emma Street provides details on her exciting project, 'CycleBOOM'; CycleBOOM is a study to understand cycling among the older population and how this affects independence, health and wellbeing.

Foundations for the Future: A Look Back at the Evening Lecture Series

13 March 2014 - The RREF Evening Lecture Series has once again proved very popular with Real Estate and Planning students this year.

Mentoring Programme Update

7 March 2014 - We were delighted to welcome over 120 mentors and mentees to the annual RREF Mentoring Reception on Wednesday 5 March, hosted by leading law firm Irwin Mitchell.

Your Donations Make a Difference

24 November 2013 - Many of you will have heard Lucy Dowling, MSc graduate 2013 and graduate surveyor at CBRE speak at the Annual Dinner this month and share her own personal experience of how the Hardship Fund helped her during her time at Reading. It was the only time the room was silent all evening, so we felt this was worth sharing with all of our alumni…

...To The Global

21 November 2013 - Members of the School of Real Estate & Planning and the School of Construction Management & Engineering visited São Paulo in August to partake in a series of research seminars about real estate in Latin America organised with the University of São Paulo.

From The Local...

21 November 2013 - Mike Rayner, Head of Development, Oxford Properties describes the signs that confidence is returning to the industry South East

News from Real Estate & Planning

18 November 2013 - Update on the activities in the School of Real Estate & Planning.

Mentoring Programme 2013

11 November 2013 - Now in its sixth year, the RREF Mentoring Programme is going from strength to strength. With over 350 mentors involved worldwide, we have over 200 new partnerships this academic year alone.

Andrew Baum retires from REP

17 September 2013 - After more than 40 years of association with the University of Reading and the Reading Real Estate Foundation, Professor Andrew Baum has retired from the School of Real Estate and Planning.

Annual Dinner 2013

12 September 2013 - There are less than two months to go until the RREF Annual Dinner and it is looking set to be the highest attended event in RREF history. Read on to find out why our guests attend.

News from Real Estate & Planning 

5 September 2013 - Our colleagues in the School of Real Estate and Planning have had a busy few months of academic conferences and research. Here's a taster of some of their activity...

Continuing Support For RREF

22 August 2013 - RREF receives fantastic support from individuals and companies to continue our valuable work in supporting our students and alumni and making further progress in achieving our aims.

Meet the RREF Team

6 August 2013 - The Reading Real Estate Foundation team has grown in the past year to include new members of staff from diverse sectors bringing a wealth of experience to our activities.

Pathways to Property Update

1 August 2013 - Real Estate & Planning Alumni and industry volunteers returned to the University in July to help RREF deliver the first Pathways to Property Summer School.

Annual Dinner 2013

23 July 2013 - Remember to put RREF's Annual Dinner in your diary and book your place now to ensure you are part of the biggest event in the calendar!

Students - The Year Ahead

24 June 2013 - RREF has an exciting programme planned for the 2013/14 autumn term for students, so keep an eye out for events and activities that will help you to build your skills and experience in the Real Estate industry.

Alumni Profile - Paddy Allen

21 June 2013 - Paddy Allen, RREF Alumnus and Director of Allen Wargent, shared his thoughts on his career and his memories of studying at the University of Reading.

Jones Lang LaSalle Prize

15 June 2013 - We are pleased to announce an annual commitment from Jones Lang LaSalle to sponsor a property valuation prize for undergraduate Real Estate & Planning students at Reading.

Access Internship Scheme Update

11 June 2013 - In 2010 RREF launched its Access Internship Scheme in order to widen access to the profession by helping students overcome some of the obstacles to participation. This year the scheme has grown to include 20 firms offering 24 paid internships.

Pathways to Property Update

6 June 2013 - The initiative has made significant progress since the launch in November. Schools are now engaging with activities and the project is on track to host the first Pathways to Property Summer School in July.

Henley Regatta Day

30 May 2013

Annual Dinner 2013

23 May 2013 - The Annual Dinner is now open for booking.

News from Real Estate & Planning

16 April 2013 - Updates and news from the School of Real Estate and Planning.

Savills Prize 2013

11 April 2013 - We are pleased to announce an annual commitment from Savills to sponsor a prize for Undergraduate Real Estate & Planning students at Reading.

Mentoring Programme Update

20 March 2013 - We are delighted to announce that the RREF team have won a University of Reading Team Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching and Learning 2012-13 for the RREF Mentoring Programme.

Access Internship 2013

12 March 2013 - Following on from two successful years of the RREF Access Internship Scheme, we have secured a number of firms who will participate in the scheme during this summer and host a Reading student for a 4 week fully funded internship.

Pathways to Property - can you help?

31 January 2013 - We are looking for alumni, particularly recent graduates, who would be willing to accompany RREF staff on visits into schools, to give a talk and share their experiences working in property.

Annual Dinner 2013 - Save the date for our biggest event of the year!

28 January 2013 - If you are a graduate from an anniversary year, don't forget to contact your friends from Reading or ask RREF to put you in touch with your Year Rep to organise a table at the Dinner.

The new RREF International E-Mentoring Scheme supports over 40 students in its first year

21 January 2013 - Increasing  support for international students is high on the agenda of the Henley Business School and the University of Reading and whilst the introduction of this scheme is a step towards assisting with this, we are still in need of more international mentors.

RG10 Profile

14 January 2013 - Tim Graham (BSc Land Management, 2005) Director, West End Investment - Jones Lang LaSalle profiles his career to date.

2012 - Another successful year for RREF fundraising

7 January 2013 - With the continued support of our many kind donors, our established activities continue to thrive and fresh support has enabled us to launch new initiatives to complement them over the past year.

RREF roundup 2012

4 January 2013 - There were many highlights in 2012 and we have put together a small selection for you to enjoy.

Pathways to Property Update

16 November 2012 - This major new initiative being launched by RREF, in partnership with British Land and The Sutton Trust, aims to attract talented students from less advantaged and non-traditional backgrounds into the property sector.

11th Annual Dinner

12 November 2012 - Former West Indian Cricketer, Sir Viv Richards, helps to make the Annual Dinner auction the best yet!

RG10 Update

26 October 2012 - The Chair of the RG10 Group welcomes the Class of 2012 as new graduates.

George Fiennes Memorial Bursary to provide support for Real Estate

5 October 2012 - We are delighted to announce that a number of friends and former colleagues of Reading alumnus, George Twisleton Wykeham Fiennes (BSc Estate Management, 1973), have generously contributed towards a bursary fund in his memory.

The RREF Telethon

30 September 2012 - The inaugural RREF Telethon has raised a fantastic £22,800 in support of the RREF Annual Fund and the next generation of property professionals, a great testament to the generosity of Real Estate & Planning alumni.

One of Property Week's Hot 100, Max Shand, profiles his career to date

28 September 2012

International Mentoring

6 July 2012 - We are taking the next step by looking to expand the opportunities we offer to international students who are studying Real Estate & Planning and increase our number of international mentors.

Class of 2012 Leavers' Event

21 June 2012 - The Class of 2012 were invited to attend the inaugural RREF Leavers' Event in June, giving students the opportunity to celebrate their time at Reading and to find out what RREF can offer them as an alumni association.

Women in Property

30 May 2012 - It has been a busy couple of months for Reading alumnae and female Real Estate & Planning students as women in property have been recognised and rewarded.

Alumni Board members lead the way with their support of RREF

27 April 2012 - We are delighted that our Alumni Board members continue to lead the way with their support of RREF. A further three Board members have recently chosen to become RREF Pioneers, each pledging gifts of £1,000 or more each year and we are enormously grateful for their support.

Access Internship Scheme 2012

25 April 2012 - Following on from the success of the pilot year of the RREF Access Internship Scheme in 2010, we have secured a number of firms who will participate in the scheme during this summer and host a Reading student for a 4 week internship.

Real Estate & Planning welcome new corporate donors

20 April 2012 - We are pleased to announce a three year commitment from Oxford Properties Group to run a Real Estate Research competition and The Lord Samuel of Wych Cross Memorial Trust Award, together with industry contributions from RealService Ltd and the RealService Best Practice Group (RSBPG) will fund a PhD student at the School.

One RG10 committee member reflects on the impact of RREF over the past 10 years

30 March 2012 - "With the first quarter of the year done and dusted we start hurtling towards the start of a summer bursting with optimism and at this point we consider RREFs own milestones and namely its 10th anniversary celebrations ..."

Year Reps - supporting alumni from over four decades

16 March 2012 - Within the RREF alumni community we have a total of 70 Year Reps supporting alumni from over four decades. Our Year Reps are alumni who volunteer to represent their graduation year and be a contact for individuals within their specific year.

Financial support for students in RREFs 10th Year is the highest ever

29 February 2012 - In the 2011/12 academic year, we have awarded 28 undergraduate and postgraduate students over £41,000 in financial support to date to help relieve the burden of financial worries.

RREF Annual Fund

28 February 2012 - Our 10th Anniversary gives us cause to reflect on all that has been accomplished and celebrate how far RREF has come, but it also demands that we look to the future.

Share your memories

24 February 2012 - To celebrate RREF's 10th Year Anniversary we are looking to gather memorabilia from our alumni across the decades, including photographs and first-hand accounts of life as a Real Estate & Planning (or Estate/Land Management) student at the University of Reading.

New Corporate Patrons

20 February 2012 - We are delighted to welcome CoStar and Redevco as new Corporate Patrons.

Regional Groups - connecting people

14 February 2012 - One of our key aims this year is to establish our Regional alumni groups here in the UK and across the world. Expanding the size of our existing groups and developing new ones enables people to get in touch with fellow alumni and engage with real estate professionals within the local area.

Property Week adopts University of Reading students for their 2012 Blog Series

6 February 2012 - As part of a joint initiative between the University of Reading and the nation's leading commercial property news magazine, Property Week, six Real Estate & Planning students have been invited to participate in Property Weeks' 1st Friday Blog Series for 2012.

Henley MBA by Flexible Learning - March 2012 Intake

1 February 2012 - Apply now for the Henley MBA by Flexible Learning - March 2012 intake. Submit your application by Friday 17 February 2012 for a 20%* Study Award. To provisionally reserve a place and guarantee your Award click the link above or call +44 (0)1491 418 803. *For Reading Alumni only and subject to acceptance on the Flexible MBA programme.

University of Reading Malaysia

30 January 2012 - Nicole Gillham, Executive Director RREF and Roger Gibbard, Head of School Real Estate & Planning, hosted alumni and industry contacts at the recent events in Malaysia and Singapore to launch a suite of Executive Education courses that feature as a part of the University of Reading's new venture in Malaysia.

Chancellor's Awards 2011

13 January 2012 - The achievements of some of the top University of Reading students were recognised by the Chancellor Sir John Madejski on 7 December, including three students from Real Estate & Planning ...

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