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The employers' perspective of the impact of RICS education reform on building surveying

Hoxley, Mike and Wilkinson, Sara 2006, The employers' perspective of the impact of RICS education reform on building surveying, Structural survey, vol. 24, no. 5, pp. 405-411, doi: 10.1108/02630800610711997.

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Title The employers' perspective of the impact of RICS education reform on building surveying
Author(s) Hoxley, Mike
Wilkinson, Sara
Journal name Structural survey
Volume number 24
Issue number 5
Start page 405
End page 411
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing
Place of publication Bingley, England
Publication date 2006-12
ISSN 0263-080X
1758-6844
Keyword(s) buildings
curriculum development
education
surveying
training
universities
Summary Purpose: This paper seeks to present the second part of research funded by the RICS Education Trust to investigate the impact of the 2001 education reforms on Building Surveying. The first part of the research involved the collection of data from university course leaders.

Design/methodology/approach: This research involved the collection of data from large national, mainly London-based, employers of building surveyors at a focus group meeting.

Findings: The paper finds that issues of concern to these employers include the extent of construction technology knowledge of graduates, the delivery of contract administration, the placement year, post-graduate conversion courses and the high referral rate for the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC). Recommendations include advice to universities on the design of building surveying undergraduate and conversion courses, a call for further research on the high APC referral rate, and greater liaison between industry and universities.

Research limitations/implications
: The main limitation of the research is that the employers from whom data were collected were mainly large, national firms. Further research would be required to elicit the views of smaller regional organisations.

Practical implications: Both parts of this RICS Education Trust funded research provides a foundation for the Building Surveying Faculty of the RICS to complete their review of the education and training of building surveyors.

Originality/value: The research provides useful data on the impact of RICS education reform on building surveying, but mainly large, national firms.
Notes Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.
Language eng
DOI 10.1108/02630800610711997
Field of Research 120299 Building not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, Emerald Group Publishing
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30021965

Document type: Journal Article
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