Carl Ranscombe

I am a second-year Property Development and Planning student at the University of the West of England motivated to take a leading role in shaping the future places around us.

There’s no question that the physical environment around us influences the way in which we live our lives and the quality of them. Whether it’s the home in which we wake up, the morning commute to work or the public places where we catch up with friends. The built, physical world around us matters. Getting it right matters.

I decided to sidestep the first 10 years of my working career and apply to study on a RICS accredited programme at the University of the West of England, Bristol. I’m now in my second year of study and aiming to become a Charted Development and Planning Surveyor, working within the development and regeneration arena when I graduate. I’m motivated to take a leading role in shaping the future places around us.

The Property Development and Planning BSc course deliver modules covering construction, law, sustainability, planning, collaborative practice, commercial valuation and development appraisal. I find the blend of commercial awareness and planning elements very interesting and I am excited about entering a profession challenged with balancing social, economic and environmental outcomes. Fundamentally, I believe that development and regeneration at all scales should be human-centric, that is, development and planning processes that put people at the very centre from conception. This is a core value I aim to focus on throughout my career.

I like to hear about people’s pathways into the property industry, not only does it help me lift the learning off the page but it can offer new and different perspectives. I have found the RICS Matrics Gloucestershire network to be very useful for this. I have recently been given the opportunity to join the committee as a student representative. It can be intimidating engaging with professionals in a new industry and for most students, it can be the first time they have ever interacted on a professional basis. As a student myself, having a platform to converse with people who are already working in the industry has been incredibly valuable. I would encourage anyone whether an aspiring student or seasoned professional to reach out to this network and share ideas, insights and perspectives.

Sport and fitness have been key focuses in my life. I have played rugby from a young age, run marathons in the UK and Thailand and enjoy mountain sports such as climbing and skiing. I’m not really one for sitting still although I do enjoy a good cup of coffee. When asked about my own personal role models my thoughts jump to my brother Dan, who was born with Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome. As a consequence, he has severe learning and developmental challenges. Despite this, my brother is one of the happiest people I know. 

Dan continues to inspire me to not only accept life’s challenges but to appreciate that our differences are a unique strength and not a cause for anything less than positive differences are a unique strength and not a cause for anything less than positive outcomes. I aim to carry this inspiration into my professional work.

The next step as I continue with my studies is to gain more industry work experience within the development and regeneration disciplines. I’m actively seeking work placement opportunities for the 2019 summer break or part-time roles that could be fitted around my studies. It would be great to hear from any development and planning surveyors, developers or professionals working in this field.

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