University College of Estate Management (UCEM)


As I sit in a coffee shop near Euston Station on the morning of my University induction, my mind wonders to the journey ahead… What challenges will I face, what ups and downs will I encounter?

I should explain about my pathway and choice of University, which you should’ve guessed by now is University College of Estate Management (UCEM). The course I have started is the BSc Quantity Surveying more specifically the Degree Apprenticeship pathway (more details on this in another post, but for now if you’re curious take a look here)

Why did I choose this pathway? Quite simply, it was an option between the UCEM and the University of Portsmouth. In my mind it was a no brainier, the UCEM is fully online based and was the only option which offered two start dates per year, April and October. April fitted perfectly with my personal circumstances and being the eager beaver, I couldn’t imagine waiting till October! I should also mention that having a background in the recruitment of Quantity Surveyors I knew the importance and value of being on a RICS accredited course in the future (more on that subject in yet another post)

We’re currently into week three of our first two modules and I can honestly say I’m blown away with how organised, structured and easy to operate the ‘VLE’ system is. The ‘VLE’ is the University’s online learning platform. Each learning module has its segment and within that segment is then split into weekly learning requirements and outcomes. The platform has everything you may need from online books, study material, video learning to live webinars tailored around your weekly learning objectives. A colleague of mine recently graduated from UCEM and has noticed how far they’ve progressed in technology from their early days of the course over 4 years ago!

So I’ve finished my Flat white (cliché, right?) and I could waffle on, but take a look at their website for yourself, they offer a range of qualifications from a Certificate of Higher Education to various postgraduate programmes –

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Welcome to ‘Surveying with Tim’

As I sit here staring at this intimidating blank page, the cursor impatiently flashing, waiting for my fingers to magically drum some words. I wonder how I got here… So let’s start this blog with a brief introduction, I’m Tim, 28 and about to embark in an exciting change of career which I hope a few people will be curious enough to follow!

A few years ago, I was working for a relatively large recruitment agency synonymous in the construction and property industry. I had been in recruitment for four years and as I was pacing the conference room, on the phone with a candidate discussing with them their exciting job offer – I had my light-bulb moment. I wanted to become a Quantity Surveyor: I had become so deep-seated in this industry I couldn’t concentrate on anything else. Was this a passion or obsession?

I will write about my experiences in finding the best entry route for my personal circumstances in a post or two’s time. However, after a year or two of obsessing over the details, getting married to my lovely wife and preparing myself mentally, I am about to embark on this journey; from Newbie to Chartered Quantity Surveyor and beyond! Buzz Lightyear reference. Apologies, I’m partial to a pun or two.

This blog is here for me to write about my experiences, my journey and my path. If, along the way I enlighten, encourage or perhaps even inspire someone else to take a leap of faith then I will be extremely satisfied.

250 odd words in, I’m thinking to myself ‘this isn’t so hard’ 

More to follow shortly – take care,