When did you join the RAU and what brought you here?
Having spent most of my professional career as a Chartered Surveyor in practice across Europe, I was appointed as a Visiting Fellow in 2012 to assist students to understand the dynamics and requirements of valuation practice.
What has happened since your appointment in 2012?
I came to enjoy teaching as much as acting for clients, and feedback from students was positive, commenting that my style of delivery assisted their learning. When asked, I agreed to accept a part-time teaching post. Since my appointment, I have shared my time between practice and academic life, so I am still able to share my knowledge of current practice issues and emerging changes with students and academic colleagues.
What’s the most challenging aspect of teaching/learning about valuation?
As you might expect, changes in the various markets mean that every teaching and learning session must reflect the markets at that time, with the additional requirement to ensure a good understanding of the reasons for change and how markets perform in differing economic or political scenarios. Additionally, changes to legislation, professional requirements and client expectation must be understood.
What would be your top three tips for anyone thinking of starting on an undergraduate or postgraduate real estate or rural land management course?
My first recommendation is to speak to someone that is working in the profession and gauge whether that type of position is one that you would enjoy.
My second tip is to ask a firm if you could have some work experience to test your perception of the work involved against reality.
My last suggestion is that once committed to a course, that the student continues to seek differing types of work experience both before the course starts and during subsequent holiday periods. It is so much easier to improve the learning experience when you have worked within an environment that demonstrates the relevance of what is being taught.