Of course, this does not just measure construction students but we believe that new entrant numbers for construction-related RICS-accredited courses are up 30% in 2002. Not only that, but the universities are reporting improvements in the quality of students. If the final numbers bear out these figures, the overall construction industry picture is even bleaker than the one you paint – for non-surveying courses. Perhaps Building might like to know why we think the surveying numbers are on the up – or do you only want the gloom-and-doom theory?
Peter Fall, president, RICS, via email.