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Inclusive Environments logo 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.
Inclusive Environments logo 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.
Inclusive Environments logo 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.

Inclusive Environments logo 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.
Inclusive Environments logo 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.
Inclusive Environments logo 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.
Inclusive Environments logo The Research Group for Inclusive Environments is situated within with the School of Construction Management and Engineering at The University of Reading, a School awarded a 5 in the latest HEFCE Research assessment Exercise.