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Dispelling the myths surrounding Librarian stereotypes: Guest blog by our Information Governance Manager, Lucy Roper

In 2018, Emerald (one of our UCEM e-Library subscription services) launched ‘International Librarian Day’ to celebrate the work librarians do. Emerald recently ran a survey with 2018 members of the…

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Construction techniques and technology: a guest blog featuring Dr Afolabi Dania, MSc Construction Management programme Leader at UCEM

In this latest guest blog, we speak with Dr Afolabi Dania about his background in the construction industry, the key topics he teaches throughout the MSc Construction Management programme and…

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Q&A: As we’re nearing the end of National Apprenticeship Week, we asked one employer what they look for in an apprentice

The Built Environment sector is currently experiencing a critical skills shortage. When the recession hit in 2008, the sector lost around 140,000 jobs. But we need construction talent more than…

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Yes, we need a major increase in degree apprenticeships – but is it enough to solve the UK’s worsening skills crisis?

Guest blog by Stephen Bartle, Director Commercial and Business Development, University College of Estate Management Last week – as reported in The Independent - Chairman of the Education Select Committee,…

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Guest blog: As property pay rises, the gender pay gap widens further – a look at inequality in the Built Environment

Cathy Higgs at University College of Estate Management Salaries for UK property professionals have remained robust in 2017, with sector pay rises up 7.2 per cent overall – however, worryingly,…

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UCEM’s brush with world leaders in online education at prestigious conference in Toronto, Canada: Guest blog by UCEM Chair of the Online Learning Research Centre, Dr Tharindu Liyanagunawardena

UCEM Dean – Learning and Teaching, Nick Moore, and I represented UCEM at the World Conference on Online Learning from 16-19 October 2017 in Toronto, Canada. This was the 27th…

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Attending the Estates Gazette Property Asset Management Summit: Guest Blog by UCEM Tutor, Natasha Collins

Our Tutors frequently attend external events to ensure they keep up-to-date with the very latest developments in their subject areas and can reflect that in their teaching. UCEM Tutor, Natasha…

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My life in Real Estate: Guest blog by David Hourihan, UCEM Programme Leader for MSc Real Estate

People often ask me what got me into real estate and, for me, it all began through having a basic interest in residential sales as an 18-year-old. I had no…

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Why continued professional development is important for the future of the Built Environment

Guest blog by Stephen Bartle, Head of Commercial and Business Development It may be a very exciting and innovative time for the Built Environment, but if the sector is to…

A spotlight on patient capital: the importance of building homes – and communities – that stand the test of time

In our latest blog, our Principal, Ashley Wheaton discusses a topic close to his heart: patient capital.  As you may be aware, patient capital means taking an approach where investors…

Recent changes to apprenticeship funding, explained

Stephen Bartle, Head of Apprenticeship Management As I’m sure you’re all aware, apprenticeship funding is changing in spring 2017 through the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy in April and a…

An open letter: Alternative and specialist institutions aren’t irrelevant; they’re an important part of the future of Higher Education – along with online learning

Guest post by Ashley Wheaton, UCEM Principal As reported recently in Times Higher Education Richard Garrett, Director of the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education, has stated: “Open and distance learning…