Matthew Smith


I am a Chartered Surveyor with a range of experience spanning agency, valuation, investment and development appraisal, compulsory purchase and insolvency practice. I have worked with the likes of Chesterton, Colliers Bigwood and Bewlay (now Colliers International) and King Sturge (now Jones Lang Lasalle). I am also a qualified teacher with a Cert Ed and MEd to my name.

As a Senior Lecturer I am heavily involved in designing, delivering and assessing a wide range of study modules for both undergraduate and postgraduate students and I have also been involved in developing and running training for the likes of the RICS, NAEA, corporate real estate practices and CPD providers. I can draw on over 20 years of teaching experience including running both the undergraduate and post graduate Real Estate courses at BCU and delivering modules for Harper Adam’s University College. I also have experience of online and distance learning being an Associate Online Tutor for UCEM, the University College of Estate Management.

As Programme Leader for the MSc Real Estate course at RAU, I not only teach the students but also have a hand in their recruitment and providing them support in academic and professional development during their time at RAU. My desire is to ensure that their learning experience is the best it can be and that with the RICS partnership and our good links with local practitioners, I can maintain a programme that is relevant yet agile to accommodate the rapidly changing nature of the exciting world of land and property.

I won the BCU Creative and Engaging Teaching Award in the 2012 Extra Mile Awards and was nominated for it every year until my departure in 2015. In 2013, I was nominated for the Times Higher Education’s Most Innovative Teacher of the Year Award putting me in the top 6 in the UK. Since arriving at RAU, I have been nominated for the Buckman Cup (for teaching excellence) every year and for the Paul Davies Prize for student support in its inaugural year.


My research interests relate to learning and teaching within the built environment and finding innovative ways of assessing academic performance in ways that are vocationally relevant. My work with random mini tests and reflection have been showcased at educational conferences such as iBEE and CHOBE.

I also like to use personal research as a means of informing my teaching and my current interests include digital marketing, property technology (proptech), flood prevention and carbon reduction.


Teaching is my passion. Accordingly, I have a heavy teaching load including the following modules:

I also provide taster days to showcase our lecturing and learning experience to applicants and provide additional learning skills sessions for the students as required.


  • 1998-2004 Learning materials for three day long training courses in valuation, building technology and property development for the National Association of Estate Agents
  • 2002 co-authored the paper Developing an Appropriate Investment Appraisal Model for Strategic Decision-Making in the Care Home Sector (2002) presented at the ERES Conference in Glasgow.
  • 2002 lead author of new Course Materials for the Property Services National Training Organisation (PSNTO) Selling Residential Property Certificate, in partnership with the NAEA
  • 2004-2006 I was heavily involved in Loughborough University’s Disability: Academics Resource Tool (DART) project a series of online disabled student case studies with a matrix of best practice as regards learning needs and assessment techniques.
  • 2007-2008 co-author with Doug Scarrett contributing three chapters for a new edition of a key valuation text, Property Valuation: The Five Methods of Valuation published in July 2008.
  • 2008 I was invited to present a session entitled Banishing Assessment Blues with Random Mini Tests (2008) at the CHOBE Conference, Birmingham and at iBEE, Sheffield.
  • 2011 I was invited to deliver a brief presentation entitled Challenge and Change in the Use of Technology to the Tutor’s Conference at the College of Estate Management (CEM).
  • 2011 I presented a seminar and workshop entitled “Apps and Games in Learning and Teaching; The BCU Experience” also at CEM.
  • 2012 I presented an abstract entitled “Innovation in Built Environment Education – A Reflection” at the Associated Schools of Construction/CHOBE Conference, Aston, Birmingham.
  • 2012 I presented a teaching and learning session to CHOBE at their annual conference in London entitled “Developing Speedy Learning of Mathematics and Valuation Skills
  • Using Electronic Aids”.
  • 2013 I presented a student experience and engagement session at the CHOBE (London) Conference entitled “Enhancing Assessment Design and Feedback Through Student Partnership”
  • 2014 I was part of the research team working on an RICS funded project entitled “Developing Consensus on the Real Estate Body of Knowledge” which has since been published by the RICS and the American Journal of Real Estate.