WiP National Student Awards find another future star

Friday, 25 September 2015

The Association of Women in Property (WiP) has announced the winner of its National Student Awards 2015. Angharad (Harri) John, studying Real Estate Management at Oxford Brookes beat ten other young women to take top prize in the Awards Final, which was held last night, 22nd September, at Claridge’s.

So high was the standard that the judges decided to make a second award, of Highly Commended, to BSc City and Regional Planning student, Rhiannon Jones, studying at the University of Cardiff.

The Awards process starts in November each year, when Universities nationwide are invited to nominate their best students studying a Built Environment degree. This could be in any discipline from architecture to planning, surveying to engineering, landscape design to construction management. This year, 48 Universities nominated 96 students of which 11 went through to the Final.

A series of regional judging panels follow, organised through each of WiP’s branches, when the students present a piece of coursework. The eleven finalists then go forward to a national judging panel, held on the morning of the Awards Dinner. After a challenging interview addressing topical and industry issues, the girls have the opportunity to undertake a WiP Mentoring training session, ahead of the Awards evening.

Elspeth Burrage, outgoing WiP National Chairman, said: ”Our whole-hearted congratulations go to both Harri and Rhiannon, who performed brilliantly against a group of very talented, ambitious and professional young women. We would like to offer all of them our thanks for taking part and have absolutely no doubt we’ll see them again, making names for themselves in their chosen careers.”

Harri was described by the judges as “having a real honesty, integrity and professionalism about her" and felt confident she would become a superb ambassador for girls and young women looking to work in the industry. She accurately observed that "the industry isn't very accessible for those who don't have connections" and "you only know how to talk to people if you know how to be talked to."

Carole said: “We are committed to promoting the industry, and the many professions within it, to as wide an audience as possible. I firmly believe that we need to do more to encourage women to see that the roles are not gender-specific and women can be equally as qualified to carry out the more traditional jobs. Which is where initiatives like Women in Property come in: we’re supporting women who have the potential to be part of our future workforce, encouraging them to join an exciting, and growing, sector.

“This year, once again, I was very impressed by the calibre of the students we met at the judging panels. Bouygues UK was delighted to provide work experience placements for two of this year’s candidates and I have no doubt that all the young women we met will go on to make their mark on the industry.”

Jon White, UK Managing Director of Turner & Townsend, said: "We have once again seen the bar raised across this year's competition with another outstanding group of finalists. Congratulations to Harri and Rhiannon and everyone who made the very competitive shortlist which provides a snapshot of the depth of ability rising through our industry."

Harri said: “I’m so pleased and amazed to have come away with the top award, particularly as I know how skilled and deserving my fellow contenders are. I’d like to thank my tutor for having faith in me, and the judges for their time and consideration in reaching their decision. I couldn’t be happier!

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