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Scholarly Biography

Della Madgwick is a Principal Lecturer in the Built Environment. She teaches on the Building Surveying and Professional Practice Modules reflecting on her current research interest and her experience gained in Industry. She was recently nominated for Woman of Impact and has won a research award for her paper on housing at the international Cobra conference in 2018.

Della works closely with the RICS on the delivery of the Partnership programme for accredited degrees in the Built Environment and led the Subject Area Review for Built Environment in 2017. She has previously taken the role as Course Leader for Building Surveying and Assistant Head of School for Built Environment and Civil Engineering and is currently working on the development of Apprenticeship degrees.

Approach to Teaching

I enjoy teaching particularly where I can apply the knowledge to specific problems currently being faced in real life situations. I teach students at level 4 and level 5 and also enjoy supervising students’ research projects at both undergraduate and post-graduate level.

I am passionate about housing and engage students with interactive sessions, utilising the experience gained when I undertook my Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning.

For most of my modules I am able to draw on my experience gained before entering academia when I managed large portfolios of client property.

Students seem to do well in my modules, they tell me they find me approachable and so am able to resolve issues which they do not understand. Many of the resources we use in class are web-based to reflect the types of resources available to students when the leave university and start their work in industry.

Research Interests

My research focuses around the sustainable built environment and the needs of the people it is designed to support. From research about food and water within the environment, my research journey has continued into the suitability of new housing including specifically; issues of air quality related to the ubiquitous task of drying laundry.

In addition my research looks at sustainable systems for commercial buildings both considering renewable technologies for the creation of energy and the fabric first approach for minimising energy requirements. I have also been involved in research into embedding new technologies into Built Environment education and am currently working with the team delivering Brightnest- the solar decathlon house.


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