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The impact of RICS education reform on building surveying

Wilkinson, Sara J. and Hoxley, Mike 2005, The impact of RICS education reform on building surveying, Structural survey, vol. 23, no. 5, pp. 359-370.

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Title The impact of RICS education reform on building surveying
Author(s) Wilkinson, Sara J.
Hoxley, Mike
Journal name Structural survey
Volume number 23
Issue number 5
Start page 359
End page 370
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing
Place of publication Bingley, England
Publication date 2005-12
ISSN 0263-080X
1758-6844
Keyword(s) buildings
United Kingdom
universities
education
surveying
Summary Purpose – It is of major concern to the surveying profession that the seven years between 1994 and 2001 witnessed a decline in the numbers of UK student surveyors of nearly 50 per cent. This was significant, especially when considered in the context of rising student numbers overall. The RICS decided to implement an education policy with the aim of increasing graduate quality. Changes were introduced in UK universities from September 2001. A number of universities saw their professionally accredited courses withdrawn as the RICS imposed  academic entry standards and research output based on the UK Government's Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) criteria on which to base their “partnership” relationships. Figures released by the RICS in 2003 indicated that surveying student numbers increased by 17 per cent in all areas except building surveying, where they fell by just under 25 per cent to 445 in 2001. The paper seeks to answer a number of questions. Why were building surveying courses failing to recruit students whereas other surveying courses have increased their numbers? If the figures continue to decline or remain at these low levels, what is the future for the BS? In short, could building surveying become an endangered profession?
Design/methodology/approach – All UK university BS course leaders were approached by questionnaire and approximately half responded. The study was partly funded by the RICS Education Trust.
Findings – The small amount of quantitative data collected suggests that recruitment is static at a time when other built environment courses are recruiting well. Course leaders expressed strong views about the impact of the education reforms.
Research limitations/implications – Failure by some BS course leaders to provide some statistical data prevented completion of the quantitative part of the study.
Originality/value – Key recommendations have been made to the BS Faculty Board of the RICS about the future of BS education.
Notes Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.
Language eng
Field of Research 120299 Building not elsewhere classified
090906 Surveying (incl Hydrographic Surveying)
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2005, Emerald Group Publishing
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30022144

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