Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Welcome to the MSc Real Estate 2016 - Induction Week

Welcome to the MSc Real Estate 2016 ft. Andressa Minogue (right) the Programme Administrator

Each year, the new students on the MSc Real Estate are taken on a walking tour of Oxford which is accompanied by the 'Oxford Property Market Questionnaire' - the purpose of which is to make the students more familiar with the centre of Oxford and also to equip the students with the relevant information about the city that they need to construct a group presentation on the property market in Oxford for the following week. There are a lot of changes going on in the centre of Oxford at the moment, more on these developments follow later in this blog. Click on the red links for more information and visit Oxford West End for a great summary.

As Nick mentioned in his introduction to the walking tour - much of the information about Oxford city centre can be found using Google, but Googling is no replacement for actually getting out there and looking. Observation is an important skill for future surveyors as is looking around and in particular, looking up.

Briefing and allocation of groups down at the railway station. Find out more about the masterplan for the station.

Outside Staples. Buying calculators (they were on offer apparently) and almost losing the questionnaire.

Queen Street and the redevelopment of the Westgate Shopping Centre...which has FINALLY started. But what effect will it have on the city centre? The last photo shows Bonn Square which was recently redesigned by Graeme Massie Architects. 

And onto Queen Street itself.

A 'Nick's eye view' of the students counting footfall inside the Clarendon Centre.

Cornmarket - one of the main shopping streets in Oxford. And empty shops.

The corner of George Street/Cornmarket and Magdalen Street. Showing the 'unusual' entrance to the Debenhams store.

George Street. And its cinema, restaurants, theatres and traffic.

10 minutes on George Street. Counting footfall.

Down at Gloucester Green and the bus station. Plans for the future development of this area have been considered over the years, but nothing has happened yet. Although the proposed relocation of the bus station as part of the Oxford Station Masterplan may change this...

And back to George Street for lunch.

On Friday 23 September, the students went on a field trip to London. The day was hosted by Cushman & Wakefield at their offices in Portman Square. Cushman & Wakefield are one of the sponsors of the MSc Real Estate at Oxford Brookes (the MSc Real Estate is sponsored by seven of the big players in the property industry: CBRE, Cluttons, Cushman & Wakefield/DTZ, GVA, Jones Lang LaSalle, Knight Frank and Savills) who support the MSc through the contribution of their expertise, time and resources - contributing to activities such as: hosting field trips, guest lectures, careers advice and sponsoring (supporting) events such as the MSc Sponsors' Day).

The students attended a number of presentations including: My Career Journey (given by Eleanor Reed who graduated from the BSc Real Estate Management at Oxford Brookes in 2011), Graduate Recruitment 2017 and Insights (given by Richard Pickering, Head of Insights and Research). This was followed by a tour of City Offices by members of the City Agency Team (and another alumni of Oxford Brookes).

The London field trip at St by Ragini Venu

And on tour - photos by Ragini Venu

Like what you see? Find out more about the MSc Real Estate on our website here.
Or on the Hot Property blog.

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