Peter Rumley studied both his BSc (Hons) Building Surveying and MSc Building Conservation and Regeneration at UCLan. When doing his BSc, Peter chose the University due to the location and the course modules, with the decision to study his MSc down to the staff he worked with during his first degree. “They were approachable and supportive, plus the course content sounded interesting and relevant,” Peter explained.
Peter studied both courses part-time, running alongside his current employment within the School of Construction at Blackpool and the Fylde College. “I attended both courses part-time and continued with my employment once I graduated. My first degree was the reason I was able to apply and be appointed to the Curriculum Manager role.”
As Curriculum Manager and Deputy Head at the college, Peter’s role includes planning, delivering and assessing student learning, curriculum management of three construction areas involving the development of new curriculum, assessing and internal verification. In his previous employment, Peter was a Careers Officer and a Building Surveyor within Lancashire County Council before teaching as a FE/HE Construction lecturer. “Teaching specialisms include Building Surveying, Planning, Conservation and Built Heritage, Construction Law, and Technical Drawing. I am also a District Scout Leader responsible for all international participants. In addition I am an Edexcel external verifier and until recently external examiner for Plymouth University.”
Talking about his time at UCLan, Peter explained that as a part-time student you only experience limited university life, however, it is about the staff and students you meet along the way that creates those lasting memories. “Nothing was ever too much bother for the staff and their help and expertise was always readily available both during my studies and once I had left.
I enjoyed my time at UCLan because I undertook courses of study that I initially researched well and which contained modules that were of interest to me. This helped me retain motivation. When I had an accident, because I had good attendance and kept the tutors informed they supported me and helped me to still achieve my goal.”
Graduating in 2008 and again in 2016, Peter tells us his greatest achievement: “Publishing my first journal article is an achievement I am proud of as I never really saw myself as a true academic. This has now spurred me on into writing a paper based on my master’s research.”
Peter’s journal is: International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation – Human Behaviour under fire situations in high rise residential buildings – Gerges, Mayouf, Rumley & Moore - March 2017
To anyone looking to do something similar to Peter, his advice would be: “Research the course thoroughly before signing up. Make sure that not just the title of the degree is what you want but that the modules you will be studying will give you access to your future career aspirations. If during your studies, you get into difficulties then speak with the tutors. They can’t help with things they know nothing about.”
Peter tells us that the degree he obtained at UCLan was critical to him getting the job he wanted: “I would not have been appointed to the position of Curriculum Manager without an honours degree. I was required to obtain a master’s degree in order to validate and run the degree programmes that I write for my college. The external examiner roles I have been appointed to all require first or postgraduate degrees.”