Building Management Systems 101

Colleague spotlight | Lucy Hind


Students in high vis jackets and clip boards assessing internal structures of a building

The custom syllabus for facilities management students was initiated by Lucy Hind, Senior Lecturer for BSc (Hons) Facilities Management (Top-Up) and MSc Facilities Management.

Who are Honeywell?

Honeywell have long been recognised as one of the global leaders in the design and manufacture of commercial products for the built environment. Key building & facilities technologies include building management systems (BMS), fire & security, space optimisation, analytics and door access systems along with a global base of engineers and a maintenance division.

Why did you set up this custom scheme?

A career in facilities management isn’t always a straight path from university to a prestigious building or estate portfolio. We joined forces with Honeywell to develop a unique curriculum that delivers unparalleled access to industry knowledge and experience to better support students in the building management field. I wanted to add real-world sector expertise to the syllabus.

Can you tell us a bit more about the scheme?

The programme is designed to support people who do not have a technical facilities management background by helping furnish them with the appropriate skills and an understanding of the digital backbone that building management systems (BMS) provide, within modern day buildings. It consists of a series of presentations, interviews and events focused on building innovation, energy, sustainability, and analytics, which draw extensively from Honeywell’s practical experience and expertise.

Studied together, these will explain how a modern BMS can deliver healthier, more energy efficient and flexible buildings using sensors, data discovery and enhanced connectivity; trends that are already reshaping the built environment. The growing pressure for environmental performance and the increasing need to demonstrate occupant well-being features, such as air quality and humidity levels, are driving the adoption of increasingly complex technologies.

What impact has this custom syllabus for facilities management students made?

As a result, students at the School of Built Environment, Engineering and Computing are now gaining experience-based insights and practical know-how to back up their theoretical learning.

The course components provide a detailed look at the pivotal role a BMS has in securing the desired outcomes for all stakeholders from building managers, to occupants, visitors and building owners. Having access to Honeywell’s extensive expertise will help students better prepare themselves for the challenges ahead and strengthen their career prospects.

This is especially important as the EMEA and especially the UK faces a digital skills shortage, according to the Learning & Work Institute (2021). The Honeywell and Leeds Beckett University programme is desiged to help address this by providing students with insights and training on next generation BMS, as well as professional networking development. It’s designed to give students not only the best start for their careers, but also reinforce the wider facilities management sector and the future of enhanced building operations.

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