Head of the Department of Property and Construction, Jane Wright, has been elected as the new Chair of the prestigious Council of the Heads of the Built Environment (CHOBE).

The Council of the Heads of the Built Environment works to support and represent with a voice of influence those with strategic responsibility for the development and delivery of graduate and postgraduate education and research within the disciplines of construction, property and surveying.

Jane Wright was elected as Chair for 2016-2017 at the CHOBE Annual General Meeting 2016.

Speaking of her recent appointment Professor Wright said: “I am honoured to be taking on this role. There are many upcoming challenges in built environment education and I am looking forward to working with the CHOBE executive to support academic colleagues and help continue to improve the student experience in the sector. We are already looking forward to our annual Innovation in Built Environment Education (iBEE) conference at the beginning of September where our overarching theme is achieving excellence.”

Jane Wright has been Head of Department of Property and Construction at the University of Westminster’s Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment since 2000. In addition to her newly appointed role at CHOBE, she was also previously Chair of the Women in Property (WiP) South East Branch Committee, and remains on the Committee. Jane is also a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) UK Education Standards Board and sits on the RICS President’s panel for the appraisal and re-appraisal of Arbitrators and Independent Experts.

The University of Westminster’s Department of Property and Construction is one of few institutions in the UK to bring together a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses which are accredited by professional institutions such as the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, the Chartered Institute of Building, the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists and the Chartered Association of Building Engineers.

The Department also runs a range of Continuing Professional Development courses and is launching a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) based on digital construction and the Government Construction Strategy in relation to Building Information Modeling (BIM).

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