||RGIE was established in 1993 to manage research contracts related
to accessibility within environments and to act as a focal point
for disseminating information, developing collaborative projects
and attracting further research. To date, the RGIE has been
involved in research projects
to a value of over £3m.
||The Group promotes the concept of inclusivity in all its work.
For almost ten years it has pioneered the stated believe that
if people cannot satisfactorily use an environment because of
the way it is designed and managed – the fault lies with the environment
not the user.
||The work of RGIE has been recognised by the award of the Chartered
Institute of Building Gold Medal for Innovation in Research for
its published papers on
Colour and Contrast. In 2000 the Group was nominated
for an award by Help the Aged in its ‘Not Old, Just Older (NOJO)’
competition. Members of the Group have exhibited work at
the Science Museum, London and the Houses of Parliament.
||RGIE comprises some 15 members of
staff (academic, research and administration). It is
committed to adopting a pan-disability, multi-professional, inter-disciplinary
approach to all its research and to the involvement of users groups
and organisations representing them.
||RGIE coordinates the International
Forum of Research into Lighting, Emergency Lighting and Wayfinding
for Sensory Impaired People, an active research and dissemination
initiator supported by over 30 commercial organisations, user
groups and academic institutions worldwide.
||In 1998, RGIE established the world’s first interdisciplinary
postgraduate Masters’ and CPD programme
in Inclusive Environments: Design and Management, which is
currently enrolling its fourth cohort of participants.
||The Research Group for Inclusive Environments is situated within
School of Construction Management and Engineering at The University
of Reading, a School awarded a 5 in the latest HEFCE Research