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Rich Baker

Lecturer Practitioner

Faculty of Engineering, Agri-tech and the Environment
ARU Peterborough

In construction for many years as a contractor’s quantity surveyor, in speculative house building, specialist subcontracting and civil engineering. In education since 2013, starting in further education before joining ARU Peterborough. Qualifications include a Degree in Quantity Surveying plus Post Graduate Certificate in teaching. Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


I started as a contractor’s quantity surveyor, with house builders, specialist subcontractors and civil engineering infrastructure firms. I worked from Norfolk to Bristol and from South London to Glasgow in a wide variety of contracting situations.

In 2013, I switched to further education, teaching students on City & Guilds and BTEC courses, from levels 1 to 5 (HND). The many and various units included some I had not worked with specifically whilst in industry, expanding my knowledge. I joined ARU Peterborough in 2022, in time for opening day, and am one of the main staff in the construction programmes.


  • CertHE Quantity Surveying
  • CertHE Site Management
  • BSc (Hons) Building Surveying
  • BSc (Hons) Construction Management
  • BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying


  • Diploma in Surveying (Level 6, equivalent to BSc), Quantity Surveying, College of Estate Management
  • Level 4 Award, Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice (TAQA4), City & Guilds, Peterborough Regional College
  • Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training, City & Guilds, Peterborough Regional College
  • Level 7 Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning (Higher Education), ARU

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy