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Skip to 0 minutes and 10 secondsWelcome to our Pathways to Property, introduction to real estate course. We're really glad you've joined us. Pathways to Property is an initiative between the Reading Real Estate Foundation and the Sutton Trust, supported by many companies across the property industry. My name is Paddy Allen, I'm Head of Transactions in New Market Entry for GSA Group, a company that develops, invests, and operates in student housing across the world. My job is one of many across the property industry, and throughout this course, you'll hear from a host the people across the sector. My name's Dr. Emma Street from the Department of Real Estate and Planning at the University of Reading. We really hope you enjoy the course.

Skip to 0 minutes and 46 secondsWe've tried to make it lively and engaging, and you'll be meeting lots of experts from both within the university and industry to guide you through it. This week we're going to explore the nature of property, or real estate to give it another name. We're going to think about what the property development process entails and who has a stake in that process. You'll also hear about the major development behind me, International Quarter London, based here in a major regeneration area of East London, which formed the focus of the 2012 Olympic games. This will form part of your live case study, which we'll explore throughout the course, but you'll also get a chance to explore a building or area closer to you.

Skip to 1 minute and 27 secondsYou've reflected on what property means to you in the opening exercise. Now we're going to hear from some industry professionals. Think about how their views might differ from yours, and also whether there are differences of opinion within those professional groups and reflect on why that might be. For the next stage of your learning journey, you might want to look at some of the models produced by academics like myself that can help us to think critically and reflectively about the property development process. Good luck with the rest of this week, and we'll catch up later.

Welcome to the course

Hello and welcome to ‘Pathways to Property: What is Real Estate?’, a three week course produced by the Reading Real Estate Foundation (RREF) and the Henley Business School at the University of Reading.

Watch Dr Emma Street from the Henley Business School and Paddy Allen from the Global Student Accommodation Group, introduce the course and explain what you’ll be covering over the next three weeks.

Whilst we are delighted to welcome learners from around the world and look forward to your invaluable contribution to the discussions and activities, we have developed the content with a specific target audience in mind. If you are 14-18 years old, and think you may be interested in a career in property this course is for you.

Your educators

Joe Doak  Associate Professor in Urban Planning and Development. Prior to joining Reading, Joe worked in strategic and local planning in Yorkshire and London. He has wide-ranging interests in planning and property which has taken him all around Europe.
Dr Emma Street  Associate Professor in the Department of Real Estate and Planning, Henley Business School, University of Reading. Emma’s research explores how urban environments are planned and governed. She is also interested in gender and diversity issues relating to Higher Education. Emma is Director of Real Estate and Planning Undergraduate Programmes.
Dr Ed Shepherd Lecturer in Real Estate Appraisal/Development at the Henley Business School. Edward is a dual-qualified (MRICS and MRTPI) chartered planning and development surveyor and town planner with experience in both private practice and academic teaching and research.

Your industry experts

Paddy Allen Head of Capital Relationships for Global Student Accommodation Group
Bryan Laxton Bryan is a Chartered Surveyor with over 35 years business experience mainly at Cushman & Wakefield serving on the UK Board for 11 years, including 5 years as CEO and the EMEA Board for 8 years. Bryan is a Trustee of RREF.

Your student mentors


Now you’ve met the team and know what to expect from the course, we’d really like to meet you.

Are you interested in a career in property? If you were to pursue a career related to property, what would it be and why? What are you hoping to gain from the course? Share your thoughts in the discussion below.

If you haven’t already done so, we’d be grateful if you could please fill out this pre-course survey.

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