Our heritage

We are the leading provider of supported online learning for the Built Environment; with over 95 years’ experience in providing the highest quality learning opportunities for the industry. We were founded in 1919.

 

UCEM milestones

 
 
1891
1919
1919
1919
1919
1922
1928
1929
1939
1941
1959
1967
1969
1973
1977
1984
1987
1988
1989
1995
1998
2001
2012
2013
2015
2015
2016
2016
2018
2019
 
 
1891

Richard Parry starts practice as a surveyor in Parliament Street, London. Parry (born 1866) was the eldest son of Albert Parry, Borough Engineer of Reading. He complements his work as a surveyor by coaching pupils for the examinations of the Surveyor’s Institution

1891

Richard Parry starts practice as a surveyor in Parliament Street, London. Parry (born 1866) was the eldest son of Albert Parry, Borough Engineer of Reading. He complements his work as a surveyor by coaching pupils for the examinations of the Surveyor’s Institution

1891

Richard Parry starts practice as a surveyor in Parliament Street, London. Parry (born 1866) was the eldest son of Albert Parry, Borough Engineer of Reading. He complements his work as a surveyor by coaching pupils for the examinations of the Surveyor’s Institution

1919

The College of Estate Management (CEM) is founded under the auspices of the Chartered Auctioneers’ and Estate Agent’s Institute

1919

Sir William Wells, in his presidential address to the Auctioneers’ and Estate Agents’ Institute proposes the establishment of a college dealing exclusively with estate management and related subjects

1919

Richard Parry becomes the first Principal of the College

1919

Purchase of 35 Lincoln’s Inn Fields in London, the original home of the College

1922

King George V grants the Royal Charter

1928

Coat of arms approved

1929

Associated with the Chartered Land Agents’ Society

1939

358 full time students, 480 evening class students, 3774 postal programme students

1941

1941 – 1945: 17,800 courses of instruction were provided to 13,282 service men including prisoners of war

1959

CEM develops its own Diplomas in Estate Management and Quantity Surveying

1967

CEM becomes associated with the University of Reading. Full time students became part of the University. Correspondence programme students remain part of the College

1969

Her Majesty the Queen approves the First Supplemental Royal Charter

1973

The College builds new premises on the University of Reading campus at Whiteknights

1977

Her Majesty the Queen grants her patronage to the College

1984

In-house teaching for companies is launched

1987

College Property Award is established to be awarded annually to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the UK property sector

1988

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales accepts an invitation to become President of the College

1989

The College buys Shinfield Grange to provide additional teaching space

1995

Students in 80 countries

1998

Her Majesty the Queen relinquishes her patronage and His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales becomes Patron of the College

2001

Launch of first College Virtual Learning Environment to provide programme material electronically

2012

Her Majesty the Queen approves the Second Supplemental Royal Charter

2013

Taught Degree Awarding Powers granted

2015

Achieved university college title and became the University College of Estate Management (UCEM)

2015

Validation of first Level 3 programme and launch of degree apprenticeship programmes

2016

Opening of the first overseas office-the Asia HQ in Hong Kong

2016

UCEM leaves the University of Reading campus and moves to Horizons. Due to the refurbishment undertaken Horizons is rated as BREEAM excellent

2018

Her Majesty the Queen approves the Third Supplemental Royal Charter

2019

Celebration of the Centenary year

2019

Celebration of the Centenary year

2019

Celebration of the Centenary year

College Principals (and date of appointment)

  • Richard Parry (1919)
  • B.W Adkin (1924)
  • Colonel S.J. Worsley (1945)
  • Robert Jardine Brown (1955)
  • P.N Brook (1972)
  • P.W Huntsman (1981)
  • Peter Goodacre (1992)
  • Ann Heywood (2007)
  • Ashley Wheaton (2013)