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Richard Kebell

Richard Kebell BSc. (Hons), PGCHE, MRICS, FHEA

Senior Lecturer In Building Surveying


Richard is the course leader for BSc (Hons) Building Surveying degree and was formerly course leader for the MSc Building Surveying Degree. Richard is a Chartered Building Surveyor and has been a professional member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors since 1990. He spent 18 years, from 1989, as a Building Surveyor in private practice. The majority of this time was spent with a national firm of surveyors for whom he was an Office Manager and Senior Associate. Richard was a company director for five years prior to joining Sheffield Hallam University. Richard is also a RICS assessor. 

  • About

    During Richard's considerable time spent in industry his main role was carrying out Residential and Commercial Building Surveys. His main area of expertise was Building Surveys, Schedules of Dilapidations and Expert Witness Representation. He joined Sheffield Hallam University in 2008. He completed his PGCCET in 2009 and has been awarded a MA in Post Compulsory Education and Training in 2015. The subject of his dissertation was what was the value of a placement to the final year undergraduate in terms of employability and academic performance.

    As a Senior Lecturer within the Department of the Natural and Built Environment he teaches predominantly building surveying subjects to undergraduate and postgraduate students on RICS accredited courses. He is the module leader in Building Surveying (first year), Surveying of Commercial Buildings (second year), Evaluating Building Condition (Masters level) and Building Surveying Legal and Commercial Studies (Masters Level).

    Richard also teaches Computer Aided Design and Building Pathology.

  • Teaching

    Department of the Natural and Built Environment

    Social Sciences and Arts

    Module Leader:

    First Year
    Building Surveying
    Introduction to Built Environment

    Second Year
    Surveying of Commercial Buildings

    Masters Level
    Evaluating Building Condition
    Building Surveying Legal and Commercial Studies

  • Other activities

    Richard has acted as a consultant for his previous employer in respect of Expert Witness representation and other court work. 

    He has worked with a construction firm on flood remediation measures to enable homeowners to return to their homes as quickly as possible after a flood event.

    He has undertaken CPD for Derbyshire County Council. In 2016 Richard devised a training programme for residential surveyors for a national firm of surveyors and valuers. 

    Richard is a full member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors since 1990 (Building Surveying Division) and is a RICS assessor for the Building Surveying, Building Control and Residential Surveying Pathways.

    Richard has a strong belief in the value of offsite activities. He has introduced and runs residential field trips in the UK for first year students and international field trips for the second year students. These are the intrinsically linked to assessment tasks.

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