Dr Simon Huston


Dr Simon Huston

When did you join the RAU and what brought you here?

In 2013, I returned to UK after 10 years in Australia looking to bring up my boys as Englishmen, reconnect with my roots and European culture

How did you get into Real Estate?

Property impacts on everyone’s lives and the type of society we want, in terms of where we live and work, wealth distribution, social and economic stability

What made you go into teaching?

Although some would say misplaced idealism, I wanted to do something which seemed worthwhile.

What do you enjoy about it?

When you get students who start to reflect and question assumptions.

What’s the most challenging aspect of teaching/learning about Real Estate?

Property involves multiple considerations. The challenge is to bring students up to reasonable technical proficiency in valuation and investment, but also to engender wider reflection on, for example, place character, social and environmental impacts etc.

What would be your top three tips for anyone thinking of....

  1. starting a UG/PG course?
  • It’s a balancing act: keep on top of your studies but also enjoy social / sporting life.

  1. studying Real Estate?
  • Study something which interests you and which gives you a profession.


How would you describe life at the RAU/Cirencester?

Although it’s a rural setting, Cirencester is strategically well situated (as the Romans realised).

What makes it distinctive/special?

Its charming market place and Roman heritage. 

What’s your favourite spot on campus and why?

Atrium café because it’s a hub where students can meet informally with lecturers.

What are your top Cirencester recommendations?

Visit the Corinium museum, Chedworth and surrounding countryside.