LJMU Lecturer scoops top award
05 March 2012
Dr Matthew Tucker, Senior Lecturer in Facilities Management for the Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies Research Institute (BEST) at the School of the Built Environment, Faculty of Technology and Environment has been awarded the first ever Fulbright-Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Research Award.
RICS is the world’s leading qualification when it comes to professional standards in land, property and construction. The award will allow Matthew to carry out a research project in the USA for four months looking at how service can be improved for businesses renting commercial buildings in both the UK and USA.
Commenting on his award, Dr Matthew Tucker said:
"I am delighted to have won this research award. This a great opportunity for me to work in the USA on a research project which could eventually help improve the service UK businesses receive from the companies who manage their premises."
Professor Mike Riley, Director of the School of the Built Environment commented:
"Matthew’s success in receiving the Fulbright-RICS Award is a recognition of his tremendous hard work and the international esteem in which it is held. The work which he is undertaking is at the forefront of Facilities Management research and the award will allow Matthew to develop even stronger international links."
The judges were very impressed with Matthew's achievements so far in his career at LJMU and thought his ideas for his research were innovative. They also suggested that improved service for companies renting offices or shops could help attract more businesses to Liverpool and the rest of the UK.
The Fulbright-Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Research Award will be given to one outstanding academic or professional each year, to undertake research into different aspects of land, property and the built environment in the USA.
Dr Matthew Tucker was also interviewed by BBC Sunday Politics North West, looking at the Research issues addressed by BEST on the economy and the sustainable environment:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01cbm7s/Sunday_Politics_North_West_26_02_2012/ (approx 39 minutes in, available for seven days)