Short Courses for Land, Property and Construction Professionals

We offer courses to meet the needs of all professionals and practitioners with an involvement in property and the built environment. They are primarily of interest to surveyors but our courses also attract architects, builders, engineers, housing managers and planners.

The programme now comprises circa 30 short courses each year details of which are published on-line here and in two brochures, one distributed in late August covering the period from October to June and one in January for the calendar year. The courses are mainly held in the conference facilities of hotels chosen to be convenient to delegates in our catchment area which extends to parts of Greater London, as far north as Oxfordshire, as far east as Kent and as far west as Dorset. We also offer more extended courses, when there are opportunities to do so, and we can provide training for specific qualifications when there is sufficient demand. Please contact us if you wish to be added to the mailing list and for further information.

The programme is administered by Vicky Wilson and directed by Tim Goodhead. Tim has been involved in the education of surveyors for nearly thirty years and his career at the University has included a range of management roles including Head of School and Dean of Faculty. There is a more information about him in the next section.

The majority of our speakers are well-established specialists from private practice and the public sector and the remainder are lecturers from the University of Portsmouth and other Higher Education Institutions with specialist practice as well as academic experience. All have proven ability to present to a professional audience and we are systematic in the use of feedback to ensure that both content and presentation meet the needs and expectations of our delegates.

The University is one of the original centres of excellence for the provision of degree courses accredited by the RICS and has been offering a programme of short courses for property professionals for more than 30 years. This continues to the present day and our programme is now an important element of the partnership agreement with the RICS that underpins our two accredited undergraduate degrees, the BSc Hons Property Development and the BSc Hons in Quantity Surveying, and our four accredited postgraduate degrees, the MSc in Coastal and Marine Resource Management, the MSc in Historic Building Conservation, the MSc in Property Development and the MSc in Quantity Surveying.

Please contact us for advice and information about our degree courses.

New CPD Director

Our new CPD Director is Tim Goodhead BA, MSc, MPhil, FRICS, who takes over responsibility for developing and managing the CPD programme and for chairing the events from October 2015. Tim is a Principal Lecturer in the School of Civil Engineering and Surveying at the University, teaches Estate Management and Coastal Management and has been heavily involved with the work of the RICS.

Tim graduated with a degree in Economics before going on to work as a sailing coach and recreational land manager. Subsequently, he developed a career as an academic and gained postgraduate qualifications from the University of Reading and the University of Portsmouth before qualifying as a Chartered Surveyor. At the University, he has held various management posts such as Programme Area Director, Head of the School of Environmental Design and Management and Dean of the Faculty of Technology.

Tim’s involvement with the work of the RICS includes serving for three years on the Quantity Surveying & Construction Faculty Board and for ten years on the RICS Southern Region Board. He has also been the RICS educational representative to FIG (International Federation of Surveyors), Commission 2, Education and Training, for five years.

Tim’s research interests relate to the management/development of the coastal zone and he has supervised successful PhD students that have produced projects relating to coastal zones both in the UK and Internationally. He has a number of publications to his credit in his specialist area and has been a regular presenter of papers at conferences and CPD events.

Tim replaces Bernard Webster who fulfilled the CPD Director role for nine years. During that period, the fortunes of the programme, in terms of attendance levels, fluctuated as economic conditions impacted on demand and professionals tried other ways of meeting their CPD requirements with varying degrees of success. He is leaving the programme in a very healthy state in that respect and feedback from delegates confirms that the quality of the courses has simply never been better. That is because he has built up a great team of regular speakers, some of them very distinguished, and all have proved themselves capable of delivering courses which genuinely inform the practice of those who attend. That is what he believes to be the purpose and value of CPD and that is how it will continue.

Bernard will, of course, remain involved as a speaker on planning topics and as a delegate, making sure that he meets his own CPD requirements! We thank him for his contribution over the last nine years as CPD Director and over a much longer period as a CPD speaker for us and other providers.