Heriot-Watt academic appointed as RICS Scotland Chairman

Dr Fiona Grant

Dr Fiona Grant, Director of Studies for the Construction Management and Surveying programmes in the School of the Built Environment has been appointed as Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Scotland Chairman.

RICS is the world's leading professional body for qualifications and standards in land, property and construction. Dr Grant has been an active member at national and international level of the professional body for 18 years.

On becoming RICS Scotland Chair, she stated "I am looking forward to the year ahead and I am fully committed to working with members to move the profession forward, facing the challenges ahead and to continuing the excellent work of previous RICS Scotland office bearers.

I am looking forward to the year ahead and I am fully committed to working with members to move the profession forward, facing the challenges ahead and to continuing the excellent work of previous RICS Scotland office bearers.

Dr Fiona Grant

"This will be achieved through disseminating the importance of links to industry, working with RICS matrics to encourage student membership and graduate APC completion and raising the profile and role of academia. These aims will focus on the MORE (Meeting Our Responsibilities) initiative in taking positive steps to get more RICS Scotland members involved in giving something back."

Dr Grant's role include course leadership for the Undergraduate and Postgraduate Quantity Surveying degree programmes, delivered in Edinburgh, Dubai and internationally through independent distance learning. Last month she was one of the winners of the 2012 Spirit of Heriot-Watt Awards under the category €˜Shaping the future €™ in recognition of the development of CEMENT (Culture of External MENToring), a career mentoring scheme linking 3rd year Construction Management and Surveying students with graduates working in the construction industry