Peter is an Emeritus Professor of property and construction management, but over the last decade his interest in the impact of the value of the built environment within society has led him to study the connection between the physical design of schools (especially primary) and academic progress.
Peter worked and qualified as a chartered surveyor for nine years before moving into lecturing and research. Most of his career has been at Salford University where he was Founding Director of Salford’s Research Institute for the Built and Human Environment. The built environment discipline grew to be the leading group in successive UK REFs. Whilst there Peter was Head of Department, Dean and then, for seven years, Pro-vice Chancellor for Research and Postgraduate Studies. He was the first Chartered Building Surveyor to gain a doctorate in 1989 and established the postgraduate programme of research at Salford, which has since grown to include a full range of disciplines and modes with an annual population of c250 PGRs mainly at PhD.