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Super Curricular Suggestions for Quantity Surveying by Commercial Director of Construction Company

We are fortunate to be able to speak to professionals working in academia or in the industry about their suggestions for worthwhile and useful super curricular activities.


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Phil Askin is a Commercial Director at Unite Construction Ltd.

Phil qualified as a Quantity Surveyor at Nottingham Trent University in 1991 during his professional career he has worked for small and large companies ranging from John Laing to Waites Construction and is now Commercial Director of Unite Construction Ltd.  Phil recommends the following for anyone considering applying for a degree in Quantity Surveying.

Phil started by recommending you understand the role and its different sub roles within different sectors of the industry, it is an often misunderstood career.  The RICS link below is ideal for this. He also went on to say work experience or discussions with people working in the industry are really useful. Work Experience can be virtual, physical short or long-term or job shadowing. All will allow someone to see the role in action.  We often publicise careers events in construction and work experiences in our work experience and volunteering section of the website.

The industry is fast-paced therefore magazines and regular publications hold more relevant and up-to-date information than books.


Building Magazine

Published monthly for the last 170 years covers everything that is newsworthy or current in the construction industry. It looks at the job, the companies involved in construction, current and future projects, financials and law relating to the industry. It is also one of the best places to look for current vacancies

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Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors

The globally recognised professional body for surveyors they led professional progress and standards.  Focussing on news and insights, training and development this is an ideal place to understand different disciplines within surveying.

What is a Quantity Surveyor?

A vital read for anyone considering a career in this industry to understand the role, progression and career scope.



Construction Enquirer

Construction Enquirer is an online only magazine focusing on the latest news stories, contract opportunities and job vacancies.

The Making of a Manager: What to do When Everyone Looks to You -  Julie Zhuo

Leadership and Management of staff and teams is a natural progression so understanding what it takes to be a good leaser is really insightful. 


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