Thursday, 9 October 2014

MSc Real Estate: Sponsors' Day 2014

On September 23, Nick French (MSc Real Estate programme leader) organised a day for the MSc Real Estate students where the MSc sponsors were invited to give talks on a variety of subjects including sustainability, commercial investment, landlord and tenant, valuation and corporate real estate. The aim of the Sponsors' Day was to give the students an overview of the property industry and get them thinking about the different parts of the profession and how they fit together in the 'jigsaw of property'. The students could then start to think about how they might fit into the property industry and find their 'niche' after graduation (which seems such a long way off - at the moment).

The MSc Real Estate is sponsored by seven of the big players in the property industry: CBRE, Cluttons, DTZ, GVA, Jones Lang LaSalle, Knight Frank and Savills. The sponsors are there to support the MSc Real Estate through the contribution of their expertise, time and resources (not financial). Activities include hosting field trips, guest lectures, careers advice and sponsoring (supporting) events such as the MSc Sponsors' Day.

Nick French introducing the MSc Real Estate Sponsors' Day

The first presentation was given by Alastair Mant, Head of Sustainability at GVA. If you're interested in sustainability issues and how they are impacting on the property industry, follow him on Twitter: @greengingerGVA. He started with an interesting ice-breaker - the students (and staff) were asked to think about their favourite place and line up according to distance from where they were (Oxford) and then explain why...

The students lined up (by Alastair Mant) according to their favourite place and it's distance from Oxford:
Oxford                                                                                                                                                                    New Zealand

Alastair Mant talking about the 3 pillars of sustainable development: environment, society and economy.

Alastair got the students really thinking about 'sustainability' and the future challenges for the built environment by showing excerpts from the new film: DISRUPTION - watch the trailer below (or the whole film) and prepare to think about the future.

Alastair was followed by: Alasdair Vaux (CBRE) on Corporate Real Estate, Julian Sandbach (JLL) on  Landlord and Tenant, Mark Stebbings (Knight Frank) on Valuation and Marcus de Minckwitz (Savills) on Commercial Investment, making the property jigsaw (a bit more) complete.

You may be wondering who the sponsors are and what they do. Here they are in their own words (from their own websites):

CBRE - commercial property consultants who advise more clients than any other commercial property adviser, combining the market-making of management consultants with the accountability of professional advisers. CBRE work with occupiers, investors and developers of office, industrial and logistic, residential, retail and hotel property.

Cluttons - a limited liability partnership of chartered surveyors and property consultants, founded in 1765. They offer a very wide range of professional property management, agency and consultancy services across the commercial and residential sectors, for both investors and occupiers. We strive to combine integrity and energy with experience and expertise.

DTZ - is one of the world’s largest property services firms, encompassing best-in-class advisory, brokerage and management solutions to occupiers and investors worldwide. Our clients benefit from a global platform which extends through Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and the Americas. Our fully integrated, end-to end property services offering is delivered at unparalleled performance levels to occupier and investor clients wherever they need us to be. With a strong balance sheet and broad global footprint, DTZ is the emerging leader in global property services.

GVA - is the UK’s largest independent commercial property consultant. Headquartered in London and with 12 offices and 700 fee earners across the UK, GVA offers the country’s largest and most diverse multidisciplinary property consultancy outside of the capital. Our 200 year heritage has given us stability and resourcefulness. We bring a vital insight to all your challenges, as well as the creativity to solve them.

Jones Lang LaSalle - is a financial and professional services firm specialising in real estate services and investment management. In response to changing client expectations and market conditions, we assemble teams of experts who deliver integrated services built on market insight and foresight, sound research and relevant market knowledge. We attract, develop and reward the best, and most diverse, people in our industry, challenging them to develop enduring client relationships built on quality service, collaboration and trust.

 Knight Frank - is the leading independent, global real estate consultancy providing an integrated prime commercial and residential offering, operating in key hubs across the globe. Founded in 1896, Knight Frank provides the highest standards of quality and integrity in global residential and commercial property advisory services. Our reputation for uncompromising professionalism in everything we do is earned by serving our clients and earning their trust.

Savills - is a global real estate services provider listed on the London Stock Exchange offering a broad range of specialist advisory, management and transactional services to clients all over the world.  Our people combine entrepreneurial spirit and a deep understanding of specialist property sectors with the highest standards of client care.

To find out more about our MSc Real Estate, click on the link.

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