June 2022 Graduation: Your guide to the big day

On Friday and Saturday (24 and 25 June), we will be welcoming graduands and their families to Reading Town Hall for Graduation. The ceremonies will be the first held without…

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Join us in connecting with nature for 30 Days Wild!

Next month is 30 Days Wild – a month-long initiative run by the Wildlife Trusts to inspire us in the UK to reconnect with nature. Here, our sustainability education and…

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Meet this year’s Responsible Futures Working Group!

Here, at UCEM, we hold the Responsible Futures accreditation mark which is a change programme hosted by Students Organising for Sustainability UK (SOS-UK). The programme aims to support institutions in…

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Increasing accessibility awareness among colleagues

Today is Global Accessibility Awareness Day (or GAAD). The purpose of the day is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital access/inclusion and people with different disabilities. At…

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‘Breathing new life into old walls’

Our MSc Building Surveying programme leader, Dr James Ritson, presented his research on the carbon value of heritage at the 4th International Conference on Energy Efficiency in Historic Buildings (EEHB)…

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Eco-anxiety: what is it and how can you combat it?

In this guest article for Mental Health Awareness Week, our sustainability education and engagement officer, Jessica Gordon-Calvert, explains what eco-anxiety is and shares her thoughts on how to combat it.…

How to look after your mental health

UCEM is extremely lucky to have a brilliant group of dedicated mental health first aiders who are there to support staff and students experiencing mental health issues or struggling with…

Why we love building control – employers’ perspectives

The building control profession is one of the lesser understood roles within the built environment so we decided to speak to some people that have been working in it for…

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‘What Easter means to me’

Easter weekend is upon us. It’s a time for spending time with family and friends but, for those of a Christian faith, it’s so much more than that. Providing an…

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Ranikqué’s Ramadan diary

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is observed by Muslims across the world with fasting, prayer, reflection and community. Many of our students, alumni, staff and…

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Integrating PropTech into real estate courses

Each year, we award up to £15,000 to go towards a research project (or projects) with the potential to provide a sector-changing insight through the Harold Samuel Research Prize. This…

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Diversity in the built environment

The diversity of an industry is a key consideration when deciding what kind of career you wish to pursue. This plays a part in how welcoming you would judge a…