Message from the Chair
INTRODUCING THE COUNCIL OF HEADS OF THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT – BETTER KNOWN AS ‘CHOBE’ …
CHOBE: Our vision and objectives
We support and represent with a voice of influence those with strategic responsibility for the development and delivery of graduate and postgraduate education and research within the disciplines of construction, property and surveying.
• Networking opportunities for Heads and their colleagues to share and inform each other in respect of knowledge and good practice.
• A means of mutual support at individual and institutional level.
• A forum in which to discuss and solve problems of mutual concern,
• The opportunity to foster relationships to achieve educational and research aims.
• Representation on professional bodies and other organizations in order to strengthen knowledge of the disciplines and their contribution to the economy and to lobby on behalf of our members; and
• The primary point of consultation by external stakeholders for education in our sector
WHO WE ARE
We comprise Heads of Schools/Departments in UK Universities responsible for research, knowledge transfer and learning in the fields of construction, property and surveying. Our aim is to work with colleagues to ensure that our disciplines are well supported within our institutions and to act as a representative body for our constituency. Currently our membership includes the majority of HEI’s in the UK (see below) and we would welcome enquiries from other Heads. Whilst we are a UK-based organisation, we are developing links with other overseas organisations such as the Associated Schools of Construction (http://ascweb.org/) in the United States and we would welcome the opportunity to make further international links with similar organisations.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
“To support and represent with a voice of influence those with strategic responsibility for the development and delivery of graduate and postgraduate education and research within the disciplines of construction, property and surveying.”
HOW WE OPERATE
We operate democratically with a Chair, two Vice-Chairs, and an Executive Group elected annually from among the members, supported by a part-time Executive Officer and Treasurer. Membership is open to senior academics with strategic responsibility for education and research in construction, property and / or surveying. Normally only one academic per institution becomes a member, but the possibility exists for multiple membership. The Executive Group meet on a regular basis, both virtually and face-to-face, and full membership meetings take place through events and the AGM. To view a list of current member institutions, please see below; if you represent a department interested in joining CHOBE, get in touch with us here: http://www.chobe.org.uk/contact-us.
WHAT WE DO
Being a membership organization, what we do depends on identified member needs. We seek to meet on an annual basis with our main accrediting organisations, such as the RICS (http://www.rics.org) and the CIOB (http://www.ciob.org.uk) and we run regular events in fields of technical interest to our members. We also undertake and sometimes commission research on themes of interest to our constituency. Recent projects includeResourcing Programmes in the Built Environment and Analysis of National Student Survey Results for Built Environment Programmes. Reports of these investigations are available to our members in the Documentation section of this website. Also on this website you will find further information regarding our activities; link to our new Twitter account and news of recent activities. Of course beyond our formal programme we constantly seek to provide intelligence sharing and mutual support for our members.
OUR PRIVACY STATEMENT
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Please do not hesitate to contact us if you wish to get involved and be part of the CHOBE family!