Cathy joined UCEM in 2018 from the University of the West of England, Bristol. As Dean, she provides academic leadership for postgraduate and undergraduate surveying provision ensuring compliance with academic quality, professional, statutory and regulatory requirements. She also provides academic leadership in the development of our online provision promoting continuous programme and module enhancement.

As a chartered quantity surveyor she has a strong pedagogic interest and extensive experience in the teaching of measurement, cost modelling, workbased learning and collaborative practice. She has extensive experience of external examining and validation of surveying courses within the sector.


2015     Review member of QAA Construction, Surveying and Property Benchmark

2017     HEA Reviewer for National Teaching Fellow Applications

2018 & 2019     TEF Subject Panel Member

2020     Academic Board Member: London School of Business and Finance

2021      QAA External Expert

2023     TEF Panel Member:

2023     Deputy Chair for QAA Construction, Surveying and Property Benchmark Review

Previous external examining posts include:

2016–2020     External Examiner, BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying (University of Derby)

2017–2021      External Examiner, BSc (Hons) University of Wales,Trinity St David

Cathy Higgs

Qualifications and membershipsTeachingResearch interests


MRICS (Member, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors)

SFHEA (Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy)


Cathy has previously taught a range of subjects at BSc level including:

  • Quantity Surveying Practice & Procedures
  • Measurement
  • Workbased Research and Experiential Learning Modules
  • Cost management
  • Collaborative practice


Cathy’s research interests are both subject and pedagogic focussed in areas related to the field of quantity surveying.


  • Ashworth, Hogg and Higgs. ‘Willis’s Practice & Procedure for the Quantity Surveyor’ 13th edition,(2013), Wiley- Blackwell
  • Ashworth and Higgs. ‘Willis’s Practice & Procedure for the Quantity Surveyor’ 14th Edition (2023) Wiley-Blackwell

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