RICS calls for more females in property

first_imgRICS is looking for young women. It’s better than it sounds though,  their call is to female A-level talent to consider a career in the land, property and construction sectors, and help meet increasing demand for a more diverse workforce and profession, whilst bridging the skills gap.The facts are hard to deny, says RICS – “Less than a quarter of our student membership is female and we’re facing the worst skills epidemic in decades. It’s time our industry pulled together to help combat the common myth that our industry is just for men.”Lynn Robinson, RICS Regional Director, said, “Unfortunately women only account for just 24% of our student membership. This is a great shame, as there are equal opportunities for women in the industry. But we do recognise that one of the biggest obstacles in attracting more talent from under-represented groups is the influencers, such as teachers, parents and careers advisors who are not aware of the vast range of surveying careers available for all.It’s time our industry pulled together to help combat the common myth that our industry is just for men.”“With this in mind – along with the need to alleviate the skills epidemic – we’re taking steps to raise awareness of the surveying profession amongst young people and its appeal for both sexes. We are about to launch our Inspire 2020 programme, which will involve going into schools and talking to children aged 13-15 about the roles and opportunities available for all in the industry.”Inspirational femalesNatasha Tyler MRICS, Associate Building Surveyor at Powell Williams LLP in London, won the Building Surveying category at last year’s RICS Matrics Young Surveyor of the Year Award for her achievements in project managing a number of significant built projects, and her dedication for utilising the latest technologies including drones.Natasha said: “I’ve been in the industry now for six years and it doesn’t bother me that it’s predominantly male orientated as it hasn’t held me back from grasping opportunities and progressing up the ranks.“But the industry would certainly benefit from more women as we know that a strong gender balance in the workplace makes better business sense. We are also facing our worst construction skills crisis in 20 years, so we really do need to get away from the common myth that surveyors all wear hard hats and work on building sites. The property industry – particularly the construction sector – is changing and relies less on physical strength and more on knowledge and relevant work experience, so there really is a vast range of opportunities for all – it’s not just for the boys.”Showcasing our industryRICS is currently working with vloggers to showcase how an interest in technology, fashion or retail can lead to such a career in surveying.Lynn added, “The increasing use of technology, such as Building Information Modelling (BIM), drones, virtual reality and augmented reality, is changing the skill set necessary for many roles in the property industry. This is helping to attract a more diverse range of professionals to the sectors. However, more needs to be done. We need to ensure that an industry that is shaping the world around us is not being decided by one group of people.”lynn robinson lynn robinson rics Royal Insitute of Chartered Surveyors natasha tyler powell williams natashay tyler RICS rics female surveyors female property professionals female surveyors August 21, 2017Sheila ManchesterWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Associations & Bodies » RICS calls for more females in property previous nextAssociations & BodiesRICS calls for more females in propertyWe’re facing the worst skills epidemic in years, says Lynn Robinson, RICS Regional Director.Sheila Manchester21st August 201701,204 Viewslast_img read more

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Land Registry-backed ‘home buying passport’ proptech app about to launch

first_img A tech-based home buyer passport is about to launch that will enable agents to qualify buyers, purchasers to prove to agents that they are serious and vendors to understand more about people making offers.Called Hipla, it is already being trialled with several estate agents and vendors prior to its consumer launch, which is imminent.Hipla, which has some similarities to Labour’s doomed Home Information Packs, has been a part of the current government’s Geovation Accelerator Programme for the past 12 months.Geovation is a joint venture between the Land Registry and Ordnance Survey to promote tech innovation in the housing market.Proptech“Receiving the backing, guidance and help from HM Land Registry, Geovation, and Ordnance Survey has helped our early stage start-up gain a much steadier footing than it otherwise would have done,” says Hipla founder Adam Phillips (below).“Their help with early stage funding, office space, data and market insights has been invaluable.“And their support has meant we are now in a much better position to deliver on our objectives of improving the home buying process.”Phillips’ comments were made at the launch of this year’s Accelerator programme, which features seven start-ups including a drone airspace management service, a digital concierge app called Winston and RenKap, an affordable homes marketplace.“We offer a founder-friendly environment, great mentors, high-quality workshop content and, almost uniquely, a dedicated software development team in house, who work hand in hand with our companies to build and release their first products,” says Alex Wrottesley, Head of Geovation.Hipla HIPs Home Information Packs proptech April 17, 2019Nigel LewisOne commentCuan Ryan, Butler Sherborn Butler Sherborn 17th April 2019 at 10:13 amIt doesn’t appear to have any similarities to the Home Information Pack at all! The HIP was “doomed” only because David Cameron decided to dispense with it on day 1 of his time in Downing Street with the same amount of forethought he evidently gave to referenda on Scotland and Europe. HIPs, while regarded as a nuisance by many, were actually gaining traction and were beginning to speed the conveyancing process by providing valuable information at a very early stage. I’m sure the hipla app will be a helpful tool at some stage but I cannot see it contributing to solving the biggest problem in the British property market – the time it takes from agreeing a sale to exchange of contracts and the fact that buyer and seller are in no way committed to the deal until that elusive ‘exchange of contracts’. An app or a proptech tool that would provide truly valuable information to the solicitors at the outset of a transaction (a vendor passport too) would be truly welcome in the absence of a law or mechanism to bind buyer and seller more quickly after a deal is agreed. A local solicitor proudly informed us recently that the average time between exchange and completion (in their firm) is now 11 weeks!Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Land Registry-backed ‘home buying passport’ proptech app about to launch previous nextProptechLand Registry-backed ‘home buying passport’ proptech app about to launchAfter a year of development with the help of government funding, Land Registry know-how and estate agent input, Hipla is now ready for its live debut.Nigel Lewis17th April 20191 Comment1,660 Viewslast_img read more

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UK: HMS Victory to Enter Portsmouth Dockyard

first_img View post tag: enter Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: HMS Victory to Enter Portsmouth Dockyard One of the oldest commissioned warships in the world, HMS Victory, is about to undergo an extensive restoration at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard as part of a £16 million contract with BAE Systems​. Helping to preserve the vessel for the next 10 years and beyond, this new contract will see the iconic ship being overhauled from the tip of her masts, right down to the cradle in which she rests in dry dock.Working in partnership with subcontractors Bell Rigging and T Nielsen & Company, the highly intricate work will be carried out by a team of specialist engineers, helping to sustain the traditional wooden shipbuilding skills such as shipwrights and joinery.Since July, the company’s engineers have been undertaking vital maintenance work to prepare the ship for the next phase of the ambitious renovation project and have removed the upper sections of the vessel’s three masts, as well as the booms, yards, spars and associated rigging.John O’Sullivan, BAE Systems Project Manager for HMS Victory, said: “This phase of restorative work is necessary to guarantee Victory’s long term future and our project team are looking forward to getting started on the job of maintaining the ship for future generations to enjoy. “During the recent removal of the top sections of the masts we have kept HMS Victory open to the public and it’s our intention to keep the ship open as we carry out the rest of the work. The restoration will give the visiting public the opportunity to gain an even greater insight into the build of this iconic vessel.”The five year contract, with an additional five year option, will allow a detailed schedule of work to begin, including the installation of a new fire suppression system to help protect HMS Victory for years to come. A project team will now undertake a full survey of the vessel to identify priority areas, which is expected to include the replacement of shipside planking and repairs to the middle-gun deck, as well as planned maintenance.The National Museum of the Royal Navy’s Director General, Professor Dominic Tweddle, added: “We are intensely heartened that a new contract is in place for the restoration of HMS Victory. We are looking forward to working with BAE Systems to ensure that this iconic ship is open to visitors throughout. Our new exhibition, ‘Bones of Oak and Iron’ which explains what is happening to Victory and why, is already drawing crowds and as work proceeds it will be constantly updated.”The project is one of the most extensive restorations of the 246 year old warship since she was repaired after the damage sustained at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. BAE Systems has supported HMS Victory for more than 13 years at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, as part of its military and technical services offering. As well as supporting the oldest warship in the Royal Navy’s fleet, BAE Systems also provides in-service support to the newest additions, the Type 45 destroyers.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, December 02, 2011; Image: baesystems December 2, 2011 View post tag: Victory Share this article View post tag: Naval View post tag: HMScenter_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic UK: HMS Victory to Enter Portsmouth Dockyard View post tag: Portsmouth Industry news View post tag: Dockyardlast_img read more

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Tutorials to be History?

first_imgModern history undergraduates have been left stunned after learning that over a fifth of their tutorials are to be axed. No students were consulted about the controversial measures, provoking an angry response from historians whose degree courses will be directly affected. Under the proposed changes, modern history students will now receive an average of less than one tutorial a week over a three-year degree course. Jonathan Edwards, the President of the Undergraduate Joint Consultative Committee for history, said, “The UJCC sees the tutorial as the foundation of the history course at Oxford, and opposes any move away from course based on tutorial teaching.” The History Faculty made the decision to cut tutorials in order to free up time for academics. Dr. Chris Haigh, chairman of the History Faculty board said, “Under current arrangements, history tutors are seriously overworked, and we have to address issues of job-satisfaction, while maintaining the quality of the student educational experience.” The news comes after the University’s History Faculty recently lost its status as the country’s leading history department. It slipped to fourth in The Times league table after losing its 5* rating for teaching and research, placing it behind city rival Oxford Brookes. It is known that at least four tutors are planning to leave the faculty this year sparking fears some of Oxford’s finest academics may be poached by other universities. Professor Niall Ferguson, who presented the television series Empire, is cutting down on his time at Oxford this year and told Cherwell, “The Oxford system of tutorial teaching is indeed quite laborious in comparison with nearly all other universities.” His main employment is now at New York University, though he retains his post at Jesus. Seven of the fourteen cuts in tutorials have already been made, most significantly as the result of the introduction of a compulsory thesis. However, it appears that further changes, which will reduce the total number of tutorials from 81 to 67, have been put into effect without liaison with the current or previous UJCC. Linsey Cole, a UJCC member said, “The whole point of a UJCC is to ensure students are consulted and adequately represented when such fundamental changes to teaching are being proposed and in this situation, this clearly did not occur.” The History faculty claims that its proposals have been underway for some time and are in no way expected to jeopardise students’ degrees. One Professor of history told Cherwell that it was time for change. “Undergraduate tutorial teaching at Oxford is a pedagogical fetish which should be rethought and cut back. What the Faculty doing is right and long overdue.” However, students have raised concern that no details of replacement teaching have been given. Sian Grieve, Wadham’s history representative said, “A change to classes rather than tutorials would not be acceptable if Oxford is to maintain its status as a leading university.” The History Faculty denies that the move is ‘resource-driven’.ARCHIVE: 4th week TT 2003last_img read more

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Oxford’s dreaming bank balance

first_imgOxford University’s clearly got its business plan well sorted. Keen Germans have been telling the Süddeutsche Zeitung how much they’ve being enjoying their pointless, extortionately-priced Oxford holiday camps. At a price of £820, foreigners can spend two weeks ‘studying’ in a college and soaking in the surroundings. One participant, Heidi Reiss-Wellbery, shares with us that from the moment I got off the bus in Oxford, my legs went numband then claims thathere people think in ways in which we never thought before. And her beautiful room in Exeter College was apparentlypart of the adventure.And here’s the clincher:Every time I’m here, it’s as though I’m on a journey into a fairy tale, according to Ina de Mets.As long as the Europeans think like this, Oxford will keep raking it in.Cherwell 24 is not responsible for the content of external siteslast_img read more

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Eric Pickles’ American Adventure

first_imgEric Pickles has been spotted in a variety of locations across the US, courtesy of an Oxford student and a friend attempting to spice up their road trip.From the sunny beaches in Crowfordville, Florida, to the Olustee Battlefield, nestled in among the civil war artillery, Pickles has had a considerable presence in the States recently, albeit in cardboard cut-out form.Oxford’s James Johnson and his friend from Nottingham, Daniel Flavey, took it upon themselves to spread Pickles’ image, if not his message, out of admiration for the Secretary of State for Local Communities and Government by carting his image along with them as they made their way across the country. Johnson told the Independent “He has a lot of gravitas, and he’s a funny man. What better way to spice up our American road trip than bringing along the man himself?”On their blog, they write that, “We are two British undergraduates, currently both at university in the UK. This summer, we are taking a coast-to-coast road trip across the American South and felt that there was no one better to accompany us than the Secretary of State for Local Communities and Government, the Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP.As Conservatives and huge fans of Mr. Pickles, his outlook and his work to modernise and maximise value in our public services, we hope this blog goes some way to document the great man’s adventures across the land of our great Atlantic neighbour.”Johnson admitted that the campaign had been met with a certain level of bemusement across the pond, but insisted that the response had been positive, commenting, “All the Americans ask who it is, and, when they find out, some are a bit baffled and others find it hilarious. It’s a great way to bond with people. People want photos with it and want to know more. It’s a great way of getting us interacting with the locals. It’s a talking point.”Although carrying Pickles around a country the size of the United States is an arduous task by any definition, the duo are adamant that they will pursue their mission to the very end, saying “We’re one week into five weeks, and he’s coming all the way. He’s coming to Vegas, which is our last stop.”Their blog, documenting the politican’s movements, can be seen here. http://picklesroadtrip.com/last_img read more

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“READERS FORUM” AUGUST 13, 2018

first_imgWe hope that today’s “Readers Forum” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way? WHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?Todays“Readers Poll” question is: Are you concerned about Vectren Energy merging with CenterPoint Energy who just reported that they lost $75 million in the second quarter of 2018?Please take time and read our articles entitled “STATEHOUSE Files, CHANNEL 44 NEWS, LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS”.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us [email protected]: City-County Observer Comment Policy.  Be kind to people. No personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site.We understand that sometimes people don’t always agree and discussions may become a little heated.  The use of offensive language, insults against cFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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A Photo, a Boardwalk Bench and a Pair of Love Affairs

first_imgFor many, Ocean City is filled with fond memories that grow fonder and multiply with each passing summer. The beach, bay and boardwalk are the stuff of youth and innocence, romance and rebellion, family and fun.Benches at Fifth Street on the Ocean City Boardwalk in Ocean City, NJ.And it’s often the smallest of things that trigger the flood of nostalgia.Such was the case for Diane Spencer Kennard, who saw something more than a pair of boardwalk benches when she looked at our “Daily Beach Report” image from Sunday morning (above).For Kennard, the benches represent a love both of her husband and of the seaside town that he couldn’t stop talking about. She shared her story on our Facebook page, and we copy it here:The bench on the left is “our bench.” Twenty-eight years ago, while we were still in college in Chattanooga, TN, we would go to the Chattanooga Choo-Choo and sit on a bench in front of a fountain in their gardens and he would tell me all about Ocean City, NJ where we would honeymoon.He told me specifically of the north end where we could see Atlantic City in the distance. The day after our wedding, when we arrived in OC, the first thing we did on the boardwalk was to walk all the way from the Port O’Call to this bench. We sat and talked about the wedding, and all those times we talked about this trip while sitting on a bench in Chattanooga. Ten years later, he gave me a diamond ring for our tenth anniversary while sitting on this bench. We have been married a little over 26 years, and we still visit our bench every year, along with our kids who are now grown, and relive old memories and make new ones! Now, our daughter is planning her honeymoon in OCNJ next summer. Thank you OCNJ for providing a place for four generations of our family to make memories and grow our family legacy! I don’t know if anyone will read this, but I just had to write it.  See her post below in its original form on the OCNJ Daily page (and “like” us to get Ocean City updates in your news feed). Benches at Fifth Street on the Ocean City Boardwalk Post by OCNJ Daily.last_img read more

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News story: HIV drug PrEP to be available across England

first_imgProfessor Noel Gill, Head of STIs and HIV at Public Health England, said: We’re delighted PrEP will finally be freely available to everyone who needs it in England. This is a milestone moment in a five-year battle National AIDS Trust, and others, has undertaken – including our 2016 court action against NHS England for failing to consider PrEP and HIV prevention as part of its obligations. Routine commissioning of PrEP brings us one step closer to our goal of ending new HIV transmissions by 2030 but many more lie ahead. We look forward to working with partners across healthcare and in the community to ensure underserved groups such as women and trans people are able to access this pioneering medication. Only when we reach every single person who needs PrEP can we harness its full potential. Getting tested for HIV has never been easier, and with powerful preventative measures such as PrEP available we are well on our way to achieving eliminating transmissions in England for good. HIV transmissions are down, but it is very important that we continue to protect those still at risk of contracting HIV. Rolling out PrEP will help prevent further transmissions. This is a crucial part of our work to tackle the condition and the stigma around it by making vital treatment more accessible and making national awareness better. Local authorities will receive £16 million in 2020 to 2021 to deliver the preventative HIV treatment PrEP.The funding from the Department of Health and Social Care will ensure anyone who is at a high risk of contracting HIV will receive PrEP from their local sexual health clinic to reduce their risk of getting the virus.When taken daily, PrEP is highly effective at preventing HIV transmission from sex or injection drug use. Studies have shown that PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV from sex by about 99% when taken daily.PrEP is currently available in England through the 3-year PrEP impact trial, which has recruited over 20,000 participants.The new £16 million funding will also enable people on the trial to continue to use PrEP when the trial ends.An estimated 103,800 people were living with HIV in the UK in 2018, with 7,500 of those unaware of their infection.Figures show that HIV transmissions in gay and bisexual men have fallen by 71.4% since 2014.In January 2019 the government committed to reaching zero HIV transmissions by 2030. This depends on continuing prevention efforts such as making PrEP available to everyone who needs it.HIV testing in a wide range of settings, increased condom use and the availability of antiretroviral therapy (ART) have all contributed to the drop in transmissions.Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: This is a historic day in the context of the HIV epidemic. It’s a real moment to stop and celebrate a hard-fought victory for PrEP access in England. Today comes at the end of years of fighting, campaigning and lobbying to ensure proper access to this game-changer for HIV prevention. We know PrEP is highly effective at stopping HIV and now it can be properly utilised to make good on the Government’s commitment to ending HIV transmissions by 2030. There is still also a lot of work to do to ensure PrEP isn’t just seen as something for gay and bisexual men and that its clear benefits reach other groups affected by HIV, including women, trans people and BAME communities. As the country’s leading HIV and sexual health charity, we’re fully committed to playing our role to ensure no-one is left behind when it comes to PrEP – because we’re not making real progress if it’s not felt by everyone. The combination of condom use, expanded HIV testing, prompt treatment and PrEP is working in the UK, leading to steep declines in HIV transmission, especially in gay men. The goal of eliminating HIV transmission by 2030 depends on making PrEP readily available to all at higher risk of acquiring HIV. When taken consistently, PrEP is highly effective at protecting against HIV. Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said: I remember when HIV was a death sentence – and still today, it has a devastating impact on so many lives across the country. While it is encouraging to see HIV transmissions continue to fall across the UK, I am determined to do more, and end HIV transmission. So we are rolling out PrEP and making it available across the country – with evidence showing it almost completely eradicates the chances of getting HIV. This will benefit tens of thousands of people’s lives, and drive us towards our ambition of zero HIV transmissions in this decade. PrEP is a game-changer in preventing new HIV infections and a vital weapon in our prevention armoury. We are pleased the Government has heard councils’ call and provided this much-needed funding, ahead of the roll-out of this potentially life-saving drug. Over recent years, we have seen an encouraging decline in the number of people diagnosed with HIV. This fall was achieved thanks to the hard work and commitment of local government sexual health commissioners, providers and the activists. The full roll-out of PrEP can help us achieve our shared ambition of eliminating HIV in this country by the end of the decade. Ian Green, Chief Executive at Terrence Higgins Trust, said: Deborah Gold, Chief Executive of National AIDS Trust, said: Health Minister Jo Churchill said: NHS England will cover the costs of the drug and local authorities will be supported with £16 million funding to deliver services. PrEP is highly effective in preventing transmission of HIV.As well as the provision of PrEP, HIV testing in a wide range of settings, increased condom use and the early starting of antiretroviral therapy in those living with HIV have all contributed to the drop in transmissions.By the end of October 2020 access to PrEP through the PrEP Impact Trial is set to conclude and so the rollout will make the service available by routine commissioning for the people who need it most.last_img read more

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Video: Bakers’ and Butchers’ Fair 2013

first_imgBritish Baker’s exclusive video from this year’s Bakers’ & Butchers’ Autumn Fair takes a look at the highlights from the one-day event. Held on 27 October, the Fair attracted hundreds of visitors to the Harrogate Event Centre, Yorkshire.Lee Smith, owner of Bexhill Farm Kitchen, East Sussex won the title of Britain’s Best Loaf with his cumin and chickpea sourdough. For more information on the Fair, head to www.bakersandbutchersfair.co.uklast_img

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