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Timothy Eccles

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment


Timothy teaches students at undergraduate and postgraduate level through lectures, tutorials, seminars and virtual learning environments. He supervises, marks and assesses students' projects and dissertations.

He develops an active personal programme of research, producing a steady stream of high quality refereed journal publications and other outputs commensurate with professional and vocational occupational interests.

Timothy also undertakes general administrative work, including committee work, teaching support, including personal tutor, subject tutor, mentoring and module leadership roles.

Career overview

Timothy was a Senior Lecturer in the School of Surveying and Planning at Kingston University for 23 years prior to joining NTU.

Prior to this he worked in a Local Authority and then in PQS private practices.

Timothy is a chartered surveyor and a chartered builder.

Research areas

Timothy is currently working up a regulatory archetype together with John Pointing (Kingston University) concerning the development of 'smart regulation' as a hybrid between traditional State regulation and self-regulation. This involves regulation of the professions, trade groups, retailers - and pretty much all businesses. Timothy and John have one paper forthcoming on this.

Previously Timothy worked with Dr Andrew Holt (now Professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver) on commercial service charges. They established a £110,000 KTP between Kingston University and Property Solutions (UK) Limited, Bristol and their work was a driving force behind recent changes to the relevant Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Code of Practice, which quotes extensively from one of their papers. Timothy and Dr Holt also published widely on this in both professional and academic publications.

Prior to this Timothy also worked with Andrew on a number of accounting-related issues within the property sector, and how different professional groups approached the same technical issues from different occupational perspectives.

External activity

A member of the Editorial Board of the journal Uniiwerrsytteckiie Czasopiiso Socjjollogiiczne

Timothy is on the Board of Reviewing Editors of the scientific journal 'Seminare - Scientific Investigations'.

Sponsors and collaborators

Timothy collaborated with Property Solutions (UK) Limited, Bristol via a KTP (inter alia) on the issues of service charges until June 2011 and is continuing this work in association with Peter Bond of the Peter Bond Partnership.

Timothy has been invited by the Polish Sociological Association to be a member of the Scientific Committee of the workshop on Formality and Informality: from Decoupling to Entanglement. Workshop on the Formal and the Informal in Law, Institutions and Economy" to be held in Warsaw, on May 13-14, 2013.


Full list of publications can be found by clicking on 'go to publications' link above.

Selected publications:

ECCLES, T. and HOLT, A., 2012. Service Charges in Commercial Property: measuring code compliance. Facilities, Vol.30, No.11/12, pp.488-503 (DOI:10.1108/02632771211252324) ISSN 0263-2772

HOLT, A., ECCLES, T. and BENNETT, K., 2011. Accounting for service charges in the UK commercial sector. Barriers to change and the quest for best practice. Property Management, Vol.29, No. 1, pp.7-33 (DOI:10.1108/02637471111102914) ISSN 0263-7472

ECCLES, T., HOLT, A. and ZATOLOKINA, A., 2011. Commercial service charge management: benchmarking best practice. Journal of Corporate Real Estate, Vol. 13, No. 4, pp.200-215 (DOI:10.1108/14630011111214419) ISSN 1479-1048

ECCLES, T. and HOLT, A., 2010. Sinking funds within the service charge in the UK office market: Evidence upon best and actual practice. Property Management, Vol.28, No.3, pp.163-173 (DOI: 10.1108/02637471011051309) ISSN 0263-7472

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Press expertise

  • Regulation of property and construction
  • Corporate real estate
  • Service charges in property

Commercial service charges – widely published and the current Code of Practice extensively refers to Tim's work.

Property accounting issues – widely published.

Regulation and regulatory frameworks – Tim's current research. This includes issues of professional self regulation, ombudsman schemes etc.

Professions and professional behaviour – the subject of Tim's PhD and, again, Tim is published in the field. Tim's particular specialism is property / built environment professions.