“The mentoring programme was an invaluable help as a student coming from an architecture background looking to transition into real estate finance. It gave me important insight and a direct connection to the professional world and was key for my transition into real estate. Cambridge would not have been the same for me without the mentorship programme, and I have since made it a point to always meet with students who contact me seeking advice to transition into a new role of field.”

Patricia Brizzio, MPhil in Real Estate Finance (Newnham 2011)

“Through mentoring students approaching a notoriously challenging job market, through the strategic advice to the Department of Land Economy that helps to ensure their priorities remain those of the real world, and, most of all, through the generous financial support that CLEAB has given to and facilitated on behalf of the Department – the Board is making a significant contribution to the subject, and to the University as a whole.“

Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge.

“Among the results of CLEAB’s support is a broader understanding within the University that Land Economy is the nexus of interdisciplinary thinking in Cambridge in the fields of environmental policy and law, and economically sustainable future cities.”

Professor Phil Allmendinger, former Head of the Department of Land Economy and incoming Head of the School of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

The Cambridge Land Economy Advisory Board was established in 2012 to provide support, and advice to the Department of Land Economy at the University of Cambridge.  It replaced the Real Estate Advisory Board which was established in 2000.

To date, the Board has enjoyed the support of 49 members.

Its activities include:

  • Providing advice, and financial support to academics and students
  • Supporting a successful undergraduate, and graduate mentoring programme, matching all interested students with an industry insider who can provide advice, and encouragement to those seeking a career in the real estate industry
  • Improving connections between the Department and the property industry
  • Providing strategic advice to the Department


Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, has called CLEAB’s work with the Department of Land Economy a “pioneering industry-academic partnership.”

For further details please contact Ali Young: Cleabaliyoung@gmail.com


Useful links:

Cambridge University Land Society

Department of Land Economy