Dr Samantha Organ

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Samantha is a Senior Lecturer in Building Surveying and works part-time in industry as a Senior Building Surveyor. She is a chartered surveyor with a degree in Building Surveying and has industry experience in the UK and abroad. Samantha believes in fostering closer networks between academia and industry, encouraging students to engage with property and construction organisations where possible.

During her time in practice, Samantha has gained experience in working on and running construction, refurbishment and other projects. She has experience in working on a range of building types and ages, including listed and scheduled structures.

In academia, Samantha has gained experience in working as an associate research fellow, a research assistant, and an associate lecturer. Her current role is Senior Lecturer in Building Surveying, specialising in sustainability. She forms part of a close team of Building Surveying teaching staff. Her teaching activities include PhD supervision, undergraduate and Masters dissertation coordination and supervision, and teaching across modules from level 1 to postgraduate (M level). In addition, she has experience as an academic personal tutor to levels 1 to 3 students. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Her PhD on Owner-occupier motivations for energy efficiency refurbishment (domestic) is an area she continues to be passionate about. She presenting her findings to an inter-government committee at Whitehall.
Her research has included an inter-institutional project for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. This was a joint project with the University of Birmingham, the University of Aberdeen, and Ulster University looking titled Innovative Finance for Real Estate Development in Pan-European Regeneration culminating in a digital report, which can be downloaded for free from the RICS website. Samantha was the Principal Investigator (project lead) for an internal government report for the Department of Energy and Climate Change, a joint project with the University of Birmingham and Bioregional. The focus of the report was on household uptake of low carbon products and services.
Samantha is currently a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Matrics UK Board for those in the early stages of their surveying journey. She is also a member of the working group for Climate Change Adaptation for Fit for the Future, and I sit on the 'STEAM' committee at The King's School Gloucester and is involved with school and club visits to talk about and run activities relating to surveying and engineering. She is involved in supervising candidates preparing for their Assessment of Professional Competency (RICS) and sits on a panel to support the training of candidates on behalf of her industry employer.

In 2019 she was one of only five finalists nationally for the Women of the Future Awards (Real Estate, Construction and Infrastructure) and shortlisted for the UWE Student Staff Outstanding Teaching Awards. In 2018, Samantha was a finalist for the national Young Surveyor of the Year Awards in 2018.


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