The University College of Estate Management has a rich and treasured history of supporting the Armed Forces.

During the Second World War, the College of Estate Management (as it was then known) delivered correspondence courses to over 13,000 service personnel at home and abroad. The College also worked with the British Red Cross to deliver courses to prisoners of war across Europe. This scheme provided prisoners with an intellectual stimulus and, at some camps, groups worked together to teach each other – earning themselves the nickname of ‘the barbed wire universities’.

Fast-forward to today and UCEM proudly continues to support the Military.



  • Make our degree and diploma programmes accessible to current Forces personnel serving either in the UK or overseas
  • Enable members of the Armed Forces to achieve recognised professional qualifications that lead to career opportunities and help them successfully transition to civilian life
  • Enable our students from the Armed Forces to finance their studies through the Ministry of Defence’s Enhanced Learning Credits scheme
  • Support projects to help service leavers find jobs and work placements with employers in the property industry
  • Encourage veterans to apply for jobs at UCEM by posting suitable vacancies on the Career Transition Partnership portal
  • Fully support UCEM staff who are reservists
  • Publicly state our commitment to the Armed Forces on our website
  • Actively empower Armed Services personnel to utilise their outstanding skills to develop a career in the civilian world and will continue make it a priority into the future.



UCEM is proud to hold the Bronze Award, which has been granted by the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme following our signing of the Armed Forces Covenant.

By signing this, UCEM pledges to ensure that those who serve or have served in the military are treated with fairness and respect. We are actively committed to ensuring that all personnel have equal access to education and support for their careers.

We are honoured to have received the Bronze Award for our commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant and will continue to uphold its values.



We currently have students from all branches of the Armed Forces; Army, Navy, Royal Marines and Royal Air Force. We are a preferred supplier to the Ministry of Defence for surveying apprenticeships which allows us to deliver to a number of defence agencies. Our main customer within this agreement is Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO).



The vision for BuildForce is quite simple: “To inspire and enable service leavers and veterans to pursue a long term career in construction and the built environment, whilst working collaboratively with industry to attract and more importantly retain them”

What is BuildForce?

Buildforce is a UK-wide alliance of employers, industry bodies and charities (currently 100+ strong), established with the mission of transitioning military service leavers and veterans to new careers in the construction sector and built environment.

BuildForce has engaged and inducted over 1,000 service leavers and veterans nationwide. Through identifying transferrable skills, creating bespoke career plans, and assigning industry mentors and work placements, we have helped over 200 military personnel to establish new and fulfilling careers, where their experience directly corresponds to industry needs, labour shortages and skills gaps.

What is UCEM doing?

UCEM is a proud supporter of BuildForce and is committed to supporting military veterans into construction careers. UCEM has four bespoke career road map outlines for construction site management, construction project management, quantity surveying (commercial management) and building surveying in construction.

Are you interested?

Interested veterans should visit the BuildForce website to obtain a URL and password to find out more.



Armed Forces Day is our chance to show our support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community. This means showing support for the troops currently serving, to service families, veterans and cadets.

When is it?

Saturday 24 June 2023



What is ELCAS?

The Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme (ELCAS) is an initiative to promote lifelong learning amongst members of the Armed Forces. Under ELCAS, serving personnel and service leavers can receive financial support to contribute towards their higher level learning.

How can UCEM help you?

Whether you already have a property or construction-based role in the Armed Forces and are looking to progress your career or you’re planning for resettlement in a built environment profession, one of our qualifications can help you work towards your goals.

Delivered through supported online education, our programmes are taught by a team of academics and industry practitioners, many of whom are prominent experts in their field, and can be studied wherever you are in the world, via an internet connection.

ELCAS funding

UCEM is an approved provider (1322) for the Ministry of Defence Enhanced Learning Credit Scheme (ELCAS) for armed forces personnel and all our programmes are available under this scheme.

If you are a current or former member of the UK armed forces then you may be eligible for ELCAS funding. Please check the Enhanced Learning Credits website for full details or contact your education officer. If your application to study with us is accepted, please contact the finance team for information on how to register with your ELCAS funding

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What if I’m posted abroad?

All our programmes are delivered via supported online education. Our online learning platform, the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) is your central resource for week-by-week module planning, e-library, study support materials and module discussion forums to help you achieve your learning outcomes. As you progress, material for each module will be made available on the VLE and supplemented where necessary with e-books. With our programmes you can study anywhere in the world, as long as you have a computer and internet access.

If you’re posted somewhere without reliable internet access then you can discuss your study options with our student engagement team.

Our VLE is a worldwide virtual community, where you can join your fellow students and tutors in discussion forums. Here you can also access Student Central, where you are able to raise queries with us and access frequently asked questions by other students. Your studies are supported by a number of teams working to ensure that you are able to access the support you might need to complete your studies.

Will I need to attend exams?

UCEM no longer uses exams as a form of assessment and students are not required to travel to specific venues for assessments. All assessments will be submitted online.