I’m Kaushal Keraminiyage working as a lecturer in Quantity Surveying and as the programme director of our flagship B.Sc (Hons.) Quantity Surveying programme at the School of the Built Environment. I’ve joined the Salford University in 2003 as a graduate teaching assistant / Ph.D student under the GTA scholarship programme. Since then, I have been teaching quantity surveying related subjects within our undergraduate programmes at Salford. I have previously worked in a similar role (as a lecturer in quantity surveying) at the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, from 2001 to 2003, just after completing my bachelor’s degree in Quantity Surveying at the same University.
Having successfully defended my thesis on “Achieving high capability maturity levels in construction organisations”, I have completed my Ph.D in 2009. In 2004 / 5, while working on my Ph.D I was fortunate enough to be actively engaged in a research project investigating the issues of “social discourse in modern virtual learning environments” lead by one of my colleagues, Dr Bingunath Ingirige. This was the triggering point for my passion and enthusiasm in researching into teaching and learning, with specific focus on virtual learning environments. It is this passion and the enthusiasm introduced my self to this course, and I am looking forward to meet and greet all of you during the next 12 weeks.
When I am not thinking about teaching, learning or research, the photographer and the technology enthusiast inside me come out. I am an amateur photographer specially interested in people and nature photography (see some of my photos here – feel free to leave comments). in addition, I am a web application developer, mainly using PHP and MySQL as base technologies (for those who are interested, this very blog, wordpress is also an open source web application developed using PHP!)