Ashley Wheaton, UCEM’s Vice Chancellor, has been awarded an honorary membership by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
This honorary award recognises the contribution of individuals to the surveying profession. In earning this recognition, Ashley joins a collection of members alongside the likes of His Majesty King Charles III, Carrie Lam and Kevin McCloud.
As Ashley commented on receipt of the honorary award:
“It’s a real surprise and an incredible honour to be recognised for the work I’ve been doing for the last 10 years, but in truth it’s really about the thousands of students that have graduated from UCEM and have gone on to practice around the world.
“I think it’s a wonderful and symbiotic award, which is arguably more for the institution I represent, because it’s the hard work of others that’s being reflected – not just mine.”
During celebrations for his 10-year anniversary earlier this month, where Ashley initially shared the news of the honorary membership with staff, he told them:
“I feel very privileged as an individual to have been awarded such a high accolade. If you think about the thousands of surveying graduates we’ve sent into the market in the last 10 years, it’s quite remarkable, but from my perspective this isn’t what I’ve done – it’s what you’ve done.”
The awarding of Ashley’s honorary membership reflects the continued relationship between UCEM and RICS, who accredit many of UCEM’s current programmes.