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Prior to becoming a lecturer I enjoyed a varied career in construction, in both the private and public sector. I worked in land surveying before joining a contractor as a surveyor and estimator. A particular interest in refurbishment work led me to pursue a career in building surveying, primarily in local government. I was responsible for adapting, refurbishing, extending and converting a wide range of buildings, and I qualified as a Chartered Building Surveyor. I was especially interested in works involving historic buildings and areas, and I later undertook a Masters degree in Historic Conservation.
My enthusiasm for higher education resulted in me being drawn to an academic career and, after gaining lecturing experience at a college and another University, I joined Westminster in 1998. Since then I have lectured extensively at undergraduate level and at postgraduate level. I am programme leader for the Undergraduate Construction Studies programme, which comprises seven professionally accredited honours degree courses. I am also the Professional Tutor for the Department of Property & Construction, acting as mentor to new teaching staff. In 2009 I received a University Award for Excellence in Learning & Teaching and a University Teaching Fellowship.
I have acted as an external adviser for the validation of new courses at various other institutions, including London South Bank University, Anglia Ruskin University, Birmingham City University and Cork Institute of Technology.
In the past, I have acted as an assessor for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) in Building Surveying. I have also served on the Education & Membership Committee of the Association of Building Engineers.
I teach building technology to undergraduate students on all the Construction Studies courses at Level 4. This provides students with a broad grounding in the principles, technology and processes of construction. At Level 5 I lead a module in Statutory Control, covering the main legal and regulatory controls on building and development. My specialist Level 6 module is Building Adaptation and Conservation, which deals with the philosophy and practice of work to existing buildings.
At postgraduate level I coordinate the dissertation module for students on the MSc courses in Construction Project Management and Construction Commercial Management. I deliver the research methods lectures associated with the dissertation. I also supervise dissertations in a wide range of subject areas at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
My principal scholarly interests relate to building conservation philosophy and practice. My research activity has focussed primarily on pedagogical research, including technology-enhanced learning, web-based teaching delivery, and the relationship between higher education and professional careers in construction.