On Thursday 6 July 2017 two new members were admitted to the College of Benefactors during Graduation; the Friends of the University of Reading and University Partnerships Programme. We thank these donors for their exceptional support for the University of Reading and welcome them to the College of Benefactors.
Pictured are Sir David Bell, University of Reading Vice-Chancellor; Mr Jon Wakeford, from UPP; Dr Christopher Gayford, from the Friends of the University of Reading; and Lord William Waldegrave, University of Reading Chancellor.
The Friends of the University of Reading
The Friends of the University of Reading was founded in 1927 to foster contact between the University and those interested in its educational goals, history and future development. Today, the Friends number some 450 members drawn from former and current staff, as well as the wider community.
Throughout their 90-year history, the Friends have raised funds to enable the University to undertake initiatives outside of its core activities of teaching and research, and to improve its environment. Included among the many projects that the Friends have supported are the Friends' Bridge over Whiteknights Lake, a magnificent stained glass window for the Museum of English Rural Life and the cloisters on the London Road Campus.
In addition to these landmarks, the Friends have also funded sporting and musical equipment, and continue to consider applications for grants for worthwhile projects from across the University on an annual basis. A programme of activities is also available for members to gain further insight into the University, such as tours and events.
University Partnerships Programme
University Partnerships Programme (UPP) is the leading provider of on-campus, residential and academic accommodation infrastructure, working in partnership with UK universities.
UPP and the University of Reading established a partnership nearly two decades ago with the development of Benyon Hall. This was extended in December 2011, with a 125-year partnership in which UPP became responsible for the running of the entire University residential estate. This close partnership has helped to release capital and resources which have been reinvested in teaching, research and improving the student experience.
Over the years, UPP has also worked closely with the Reading Real Estate Foundation, particularly the Pathways to Property Programme. Through their support, UPP has helped to provide bursaries, assistance with accommodation, and networking and work experience opportunities in the real estate sector for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.