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Construction Management BSc(Hons): What our students say

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Don't just take our word for it – here's what students say about what it's like to study at Kingston University.

Vicky Turner

Name: Vicky Turner
Course: Construction Management BSc(Hons)

Why did you decide to study at Kingston University?

"I initially looked at Kingston as I was looking at potentially commuting and therefore needed somewhere that was not too far away. I looked around a number of universities but was immediately impressed with Kingston due to its facilities and labs. I felt very comfortable within the building and amongst the students and lecturers. We were told about the type of teaching and the field trips and I was particularly impressed at the way the course was not taught purely from the classroom. 

Apart from receiving your award were there any defining moments whilst studying your course?

There were a few defining moments whilst studying for my degree. The first and probably the most memorable for me was receiving the grades for first semester. I sat in a room with others from my course and we individually went to receive our grades and feedback from Bill Evans. I remember Bill pointing to one module and saying to me 'shame about that one' and I was terrified I had done bad. I received three A*s and an A which gave me the confidence boost I needed to continue with the rest of the course and keep up the very high standard.

During the surveying field trip I remember being very intimidated being one of the few girls on the course. Due to numbers I ended up working with a group of all males. I worked really hard and earned a lot of respect from those on my course, I remember feeling very accepted and respected within my team.

I applied to many positions for my gap year placement and at first there were very few responses. Eventually I got a few interviews and the offers started coming in. I think this was one of the best moments at uni as it made all of the hard work and effort feel worthwhile. I received a place at United House after an interview. I was very pleased when they offered me a place and put me on site on my second day with the company. During this year I received two visits from my placement tutor and I was very proud showing her what I had achieved.

Future plans and aspirations?

Following my gap placement with United House I was offered sponsorship through my final year at uni. During this time I chose to also work a day a week where I could. On completing at Kingston I had two days off before coming back to work full time. United House gave me a promotion from Management Trainee to Assistant Site Manager with a pay rise and car allowance.

I am currently working on one of their most prestige jobs 'Central St Giles' at the intersection between Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Street in Central London. The job consists of a fit out of a shell and core by famous architect Renzo Piano. I oversee levels six to 11 which includes the £5-million penthouse.

As part of the degree I have received incorporated membership to the CIOB and have applied to upgrade this. Looking into the future I would eventually like to be running my own site as a site manager.

 

Name: Matt Piechowicz
Course: Construction Management BSc(Hons)

What made you choose this course?

I have always had an interest in building development and its effect on the environment and wanted to explore how innovative new ideas and building methods could be incorporated to produce efficient, energy-saving buildings suitable for the demands of today's consumers.

What did you enjoy about the course?

The course was both varied and challenging and provided good insight to the demands of the construction industry of the 21st century.

What were the highlights?

The Brighton surveying field trip provided me with a good background knowledge for usage of the technical equipment as well as enhancing basic surveying skills/processes such as traversing. I later put this into practice within the first few weeks of my work placement year out in the construction industry, checking the accuracy of main control stations established and used throughout the construction process.

Did you get a good mix of hands on and theory?

Lab work conducted within the first and second year complemented the theoretical teachings of stresses imposed by loading to elements of a building's structure.

What jobs have you now got? Application process / competition for the jobs?

I am currently considering my options with regard to job offers that I have received and looking forward to contributing to the challenge of new building projects very soon.

Job offers include:

  • Rider Levett Bucknall (RLB) – Project Management Consultant
  • Lend Lease – Graduate Construction Manager
  • Balfour Beatty – Graduate Construction Manager
  • McGee Group Ltd – (following on from industrial placement)
  • (BAM – Final stage of the interview process)

What are your future aspirations?

For the foreseeable future, I intend to expand on the industry knowledge I have gained both through my education at Kingston University and my year out on industrial placement with McGee Group Ltd, working on a variety of projects in the Greater London area. During this I will also embark upon becoming professionally accredited by the CIOB (Chartered Institute of Builders).

Possible areas I wish to explore further in future years include working aboard, providing guest lectures in areas of my experience, designing, planning and project managing my own home, and exploring my personal interests in the housing sector.

 

A student view on why to choose Kingston:

"Kingston offers a very good course and a great student life. I chose to come here because it was close to London. Kingston is a good place to live, because even though you're close to the centre, you are still a bit outside and in a friendly environment.

I looked the University up in the newspaper league tables (The Guardian and The Times) and it came up very well for its teaching reputation and the engineering courses. The Construction Management BSc(Hons) course appealed as it was very practical. Every aspect of study has something to do with the practical exercises that you do out in the field.

We have just done some fieldwork in detailing, for example, which is basically detailing every major impact on the environment. This might be a road and where it stops, the pavement, trees and anything else you can see."

 

Steve Wallace

Name: Steve Wallace
Course: Construction Management BSc(Hons)
Level: Final year

Photo: Steve, second from right, with course friends on a second year field trip to the Lake District.

 

"The fountain of knowledge and direction that my construction management lecturers provided inspired me to work hard and I was blessed with finishing university with a graduate job at RG Group, a national independent construction company where I did my placement.

Alongside accommodating my other Kingston University extra-curricular activities like playing rugby, the course and lecturers made my time at Kingston University a very special one which has more than shaped my future aspirations."

 

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