RICS matrics UK University Ambassador Scheme

Monika Whetstone
RICS matrics looks after the interests of members who have recently entered the surveying profession or are in the earlier stages of their career, providing a support mechanism and a unique environment for students, trainees and newly qualified members.

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) matrics plays a key role within RICS, helping to shape and influence the future of the surveying profession, with new ideas and innovations. But in my experience many students remain unaware of the opportunities and benefits that RICS matrics offers to undergraduates and APC candidates.

I've gained numerous professional and private contacts through my attendance at various matrics events. It's an invaluable networking opportunity...

As a trainee building surveyor, I've been attending Sheffield Hallam University on a part-time basis for the past four years, alongside my work at Faithful+Gould's Nottingham office. I'm now just one year away from graduation and I've found membership of RICS matrics really beneficial to my training and development. So I feel passionate about spreading the word and encouraging others to get involved.

I've gained numerous professional and private contacts through my attendance at various matrics events. It's an invaluable networking opportunity as well as a chance to shape the professions of the future. It's also a chance to make a contribution and represent your peers. Earlier this year I was honoured to be appointed as University Champion for the RICS matrics UK Board, representing students at a national level. One of our initiatives is to enhance students' communication and engagement with RICS matrics and local matrics members, so we recently invited university academics to participate in a new University Ambassador Scheme for undergraduate students.

Each university has been invited to select one RICS matrics student ambassador. This individual will be a key contact between students on RICS accredited courses and the RICS matrics board.

Each university has been invited to select one RICS matrics student ambassador. This individual will be a key contact between students on RICS accredited courses and the RICS matrics board. The role will include maintaining content on RICS notice boards at universities, actively promoting relevant RICS matrics events/activities, highlighting student discounts, providing a virtual forum for consultation on matters relating to the profession thus encouraging feedback and sharing of opinions, as well as occasionally attending RICS matrics meetings and building relationships with local RICS matrics representatives.

The benefits of the ambassador scheme to current undergraduates are numerous, including networking opportunities (personal and business contacts, as well as potential employers), CV development and a chance to develop their professional profiles, as well as greater exposure to exciting, specialist ideas and projects. Universities will also benefit from the scheme, which will generate employment opportunities for their graduates and attract more students for course subscription, as well as providing students with an additional avenue for RICS information and a chance to discover real professional opportunities.

The benefits of the ambassador scheme to current undergraduates are numerous...

This is just one step in building better links with UK universities. I believe that all accredited courses will benefit from appointing a student ambassador, improving students' awareness of RICS matrics and of the opportunities available to them throughout and beyond their university experience. The universities will be advertising these posts at the start of the academic year, so look out for it if you're interested – or ask your university's built environment department. It's a great chance to make a contribution and get a head start in your career.

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