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Students get an insider view into Gloucestershire development

Real estate students from a Gloucestershire university have started their courses with a first-hand insight into the process that goes into meeting the country's demand for new houses.

Royal Agricultural students at the Newland Homes development

Twenty-two Royal Agricultural University (RAU) students and their lecturers from the BSc (Hons) Real Estate and MSc Real Estate courses visited Newland Homes' Newark Meadows development in Hempsted.

The students found out about the process the developer takes in building new communities, including identifying and purchasing land, designing the homes and the site layout, building the properties and finally sales and marketing.

The Sherston at Newark Meadows

Both the BSc (Hons) in Real Estate and the MSc Real Estate programmes at the RAU in Cirencester are courses designed to enable graduates to enter general practice in commercial, rural residential, industrial and leisure property.

Both courses are accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Typically, graduates enter employment with firms and organisations in both the UK or overseas as graduate entrants and, eventually, as chartered surveyors.

Andrew Billings, Newland Homes' land director and Royal Agricultural University graduate, said: "This is the ninth time we've invited RAU students onto one of our sites to show them how the topics they study in the classroom have real importance and value, and for our team to answer the questions they pose.

"Our message to the students was that this is a rewarding and diverse area of work and that there are a great many opportunities in house building."

The Dodington

Peter Smith, BSc (Hons) real estate programme manager, said: "We really appreciate the close relationship we have with firms in professional practice, such as Newland Homes, in providing real live case studies, which help to reinforce classroom teaching.

"The curriculum is broad to facilitate a wide range of subjects and disciplines, so that students can see what is available to them out there in the real estate workplace, before specialising later."

"The practical nature of the courses develops a problem-solving mentality amongst our students in a career that, in essence, equates to a project management of ideas.

"Introducing first-year students from day one in their studies to housebuilding and construction, project management, valuation, town and country planning, and how houses are marketed and sold is an invaluable experience. I would like to thank Newland Homes for hosting the visit and giving us so much support over the years."

Newark Meadows is a collection of 44 three, four and five-bedroom homes. The homes reflect the agricultural heritage of the village of Hempsted and combine comfort and efficiency alongside modern-day innovations to maximise light and space.

Surrounded by open meadow land, with superb views beyond, the homes are just 1.5 miles away from Gloucester with all the city's conveniences.

Prices currently start at £285,995 at Newark Meadows for a three-bedroom home and Help to Buy is available on all properties. The marketing suite and show homes are open daily from 11am until 5pm.

For more information call 01452 668381 or visit

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