John Christopher Luis Kerins

Questions and answers:

Before you came to Brookes what did you study and where?

National Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment at Berkshire College of Agriculture.

What made you choose Brookes as a place to study?

I chose Oxford Brookes for the mainly for the placement year offered in the third year as taking a year out of University was what I had always planned for and joining Brookes would have meant it was a compulsory part of the course. A big draw to joining Brookes was also the option of the Construction Degree being either a Quantity Surveying or Construction Management Degree which you can decide on in your last year if you were undecided.

What do/did you think of the course while studying here?

The course has been very enjoyable and fantastic with the assistance to find a work placement. The only criticism of the course was the first year, as I did not like that we were mixed with the real estate department as I felt that a few of the modules were too relevant to their course and not so much to the construction students.

How did your scholarship or bursary enhance your experience of the course?

The excellence bursary assisted immensely as I was able to step back from working so many hours in my part time job and concentrate on background reading and research. I was also able to buy books rather than loan them from the library which is very useful as I live outside of Oxford and find it very difficult to return books back to the library.

What are the best bits of studying at Brookes?

The library is very resourceful and has silent and group working areas. The transport links in Oxford are also very good.

What advice do you have for others?

Be open to all the lectures subjects during your time at Brookes, as I have found everything that I learned in the lectures has been useful in the work place. Some lectures may seem to drag on about nothing but once out in the industry the lessons will make perfect sense and fall in to place.

What are your plans for when you've completed your course, for work or further study?

After completing the course I wish to re-join Mansell as a Graduate Site Manager and work my way up their system to one day become a Project Manager. As Mansell is owned by Balfour and Beatty as a Graduate I will be placed on the Balfour and Beatty Graduate Scheme in which I will do further training and courses to further my studies.

Work placement: Mansell Construction Services Ltd

What do you think of the industrial placement aspect of your course?

Extremely important as what has been studied and not fully understood at times becomes very clear when working in the industry. Taking a year out also helps decide on whether what you have opted for procurement/production side you wish to go into.

Project description

£2.8 million Traditional Brick and Block three storey flats, consisting of 20 apartments designated for assisted senior and disabled living. Isleworth and Hounslow Charities are the client who provide housing for the elderly from the borough who are in need of assistance.

Student's responsibility on team

Support the day to day construction activities on a project

Experience gained

As a Training Site manager I gained invaluable experiences in the Production and Surveying aspects of Construction. Most importantly were the priceless lessons learnt on site, in particular: Man and Time management, Quality and Health and Safety

Training received

CSCS, Asbestos Awareness, Balfour and Beatty Supervisor to Manager course (Act UK- Simulation Center).