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Company director wastes no time in mastering the art of demolition


A company director wasted no time in mastering the art of demolition and has become one of the first of two women to clinch a University of Wolverhampton Master’s degree in Demolition Management.

Jacqueline O’Donovan, Managing Director of London’s O’Donovan Waste Disposal, used her expertise and knowledge from working in the waste and construction sector for over 30 years when studying for the two-year Master’s degree in the University’s Faculty of Science & Engineering. 

O’Donovan Waste Disposal is a multi-award winning family-run waste management company that offers a range of services including skip hire, waste transfer stations, tipper and grab lorry services, wheelie bins and demolition services. The company diverts 100% of all the waste it collects from landfill.

Jacqueline is one of the first cohort students to complete the world’s first demolition degree, which was developed and launched two years ago at the University’s School of Architecture & Built Environment.

Accredited by the Institute of Demolition Engineers (IDE), the course has been designed in conjunction with industry specialists.

The Masters of Science degree comprises a range of modules including management, methodologies, research and sustainability, to asbestos removal and building information modelling (BIM).

Jacqueline said: “I am delighted to be one of the first students to have achieved a Demolition Master’s Degree in the UK.  It was hard work but very rewarding and I am very proud of my achievement.  Having left school at 16, I did not envisage I would one day return to formal education, let alone work towards a Master’s whilst working full time!

“Demolition has always been at the heart of what we do as a company and I was honoured to be invited to join the first ever demolition-specific academic qualification offered in the UK.  I felt it was imperative to have representation from the waste sector on the course.

“The Demolition sector works on more than £8 billion of projects every year in the UK alone, so it is great to see it being recognised with this new professional qualification.

“As a waste management company, we play a vital role in the demolition process and are incredibly proud of the fact we divert 100% of construction waste from landfill.”

Dr Paul Hampton, Head of Built Environment at the University of Wolverhampton, said: “Jacqueline should be extremely proud of her achievement in passing this pioneering Master’s degree.

“We are the only University in the world that offers a programme for the entire lifetime of a building from design right through to demolition and it is thanks to the tireless efforts of our partners that we are able to develop programmes which are both relevant to industry and vital to supporting local, national and international economies.

“Our focus in the School of Architecture and Built Environment is to develop courses that are sector relevant and partially delivered in partnership with sector experts. There is a real potential for this to address the sector skills gaps and provide a meaningful step change for recruiting future talent.”

Anyone interested in studying for one of the Demolition degrees should check out the course page.

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