Published On: Thu, Mar 15th, 2018

Change perceptions to encourage more women to take up careers in Construction

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UWTSD’s new Head of School of Architecture, Built &Natural Environment, Lindsay Richards, not only has a passion for the industry, she is also determined to change perceptions to encourage more women to take up careers in construction. Lindsay has already enjoyed a 35-year career, working in a variety of construction centres and wants to use her training and education skills, in particular, to help drive greater equality, diversity and inclusion throughout the industry.

The School of Architecture, Built &Natural Environment sits within the Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering and also benefits from being part of the inter-disciplinary STEM based faculty.

Lindsay said: “As a chartered Quantity Surveyor, I have worked in contracting organisations, design & build, local authorities, housing associations, consultancies and in my own Surveying & Engineering practice in Swansea.

“For most of this time, I have always been involved in training & education. Whether as the South Wales examination officer for the RICS, part time lecturing, or as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Glamorgan. I have a passion for Construction, it’s in my blood. My father was a bricklayer and stone mason and actually rebuilt the Rose window in St, Mary’s church, Swansea damaged during the WW2 during the bombings in Swansea.”

Lindsay said that when she qualified, in the 1980s, there were only 2% of females studying Quantity Surveying in the UK. “Disappointingly, the number has not risen significantly. At the present time under 10% of females represent the construction Industry. It is a focus of mine to try and increase that statistic.” she added.

“The Construction Industry is dynamic, exciting and rewarding and incredibly addictive. There aren’t many Industries that can offer the diversity of the Construction Industry, with the range of professions and roles offered.”

Lindsay said her vision is to make UWTSD the number one provider of Construction courses in Wales. “We have a range of professional staff and we’re expanding and supplementing our lecturing team with part time lecturers who are professional practitioners with their fingers on the pulse,” she added.

“We work very closely with the Construction Wales Innovation Centre (CWIC), which provides an incredibly exciting opportunity for the school. We are currently designing a programme of events for our CPD calendar and hope in the future to offer a range of training and short courses for Industry.

“I’m really excited about the opportunities for the School of Architecture, Built & Natural Environments in this new chapter for UWTSD and can’t wait to occupy our new, state of the art academic learning environment in SA1 Swansea Waterfront in September. It is such an exciting time for the School of Architecture, Built & Natural Environment and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.”

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