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The Prince of Wales visits Reading

His Royal Highness dropped in to visit staff and students at the University College of Estate Management in Queens Road. The University College is celebrating its centenary year.

During his tour of the building, His Royal Highness heard how University College of Estate Management (UCEM) has adapted its teaching to meet the needs of its students, now providing supported online education through its Virtual Learning Environment. The Prince was shown the online learning platform:

He greeted students before looking in on the UCEM’s film studio, where a tutor was preparing a short film to introduce final year BSc Construction Management students to an Integrated Management Project.

His Royal Highness also visited the Student Hub to meet some current students, who are taking part in an apprenticeship training workshop.

The Prince viewed a display of historic artefacts charting UCEM’s history, including the provision of learning to Irene Bailey, who went on to become the first female Chartered Surveyor, and a variety of historical learning resources dating back to the Second World War.

These artefacts will later be displayed at Reading Museum as part of a year of centenary celebrations.

His Royal Highness then attended a reception of trustees, alumni, students and staff, before unveiling a plaque to commemorate his visit.

He was presented with a limited edition tie to mark the UCEM Centenary:

Before leaving Prince Charles signed the visitors book:

Pictures & video: Jonathan Richards

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