Harris Lamb surveyor secures first class degree in real estate management

Samantha Hubbard

A surveyor within Harris Lamb’s Property Management team has become a Graduate Surveyor further to being awarded a first-class degree with honours in Real Estate Management.

Samantha Hubbard, who joined the Property Management team in 2019, began studying for the qualification with the University College of Estate Management back in March 2020, completing the four-year course online, whilst working full-time.

Sam said: “Harris Lamb agreed to fund my degree and has been very supportive during my studies. The course was distance learning based, so that I completed it online in my own time.

“In addition to paying for me to complete the course, the business ensured that I had the support of core team members to help me thoroughly understand each module of the degree, so that I spent time with the Building Consultancy, Business Rates, Landlord and Tenant and Planning teams to gain a full understanding of how they function and interlink with the core services of the business

“I am delighted to have been awarded my degree, and I’m grateful to have had such support from the business, particularly my own team, who have taken a real interest and gone above and beyond to make sure I invested the necessary time to my studies,” she said.

Shirley Greenlees, Director, said: “We are strong believers in investing in our people and helping them to reach their full potential. From the moment Sam joined us five years ago, she has been an enthusiastic and dedicated member of the team, and the diligence she has shown in completing this course, much of which took place during the uncertainty of the pandemic, and all of which was completed in conjunction with her full-time role, reflects her commitment to her career.

“We are very proud of her and have no doubt she will fly through the next level of her career progression.”

Having secured her degree, Sam will now commence the APC (Advanced Professional Certificate) pathway working with Harris Lamb’s in-house APC mentor Suzi McGivern to achieve Chartered Surveyor status.

A gruelling process, the APC pathway involves a minimum of two years’ on-the-job experience, followed by a written submission, which includes an essay on a practical case study, culminating in a one-hour intense interview in front of a panel of RICS assessors in order to gain MRICS (Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) status.

Sam added: “I feel very focused on achieving this next milestone, which is an important step in progressing my career. I feel my experience in studying while gaining practical experience within such an established business will prove a real asset in the next stage, and I look forward to advancing my career within Harris Lamb.”