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Top award for Bath student in property competition

2012年6月1日

A University of Bath student has been named as one of the top property students in the country in a national property industry competition, the Association of Women in Property (WiP) National Student Awards. Anne-Marie Ratcliffe, studying Civil Engineering has taken the South West title.

Anne-Marie Ratcliffe will now represent her region at the national final, which takes place in London on 18 September. She was named as the winner during a presentation held at Clarke Willmott’s offices in Bristol on 31 May.

Jo Williams, Chairman of WiP’s South West branch and a Chartered Building Surveyor at Ridge & Partners LLP said: “The National Student Awards are now in their sixth year and have become a firm fixture on the industry and education calendar. It is a tough process for the students, who come from across the region. We ask them to deliver their best in front of a panel of judges, after which one is selected to go forward to the national final, when she will compete against students from across the UK.

“This makes Anne-Marie’s achievement even greater. She has done incredibly well to get to this point and will, I have no doubt, find the whole experience extremely valuable as she goes forward into a career in the industry.”

Anne-Marie wins £300, an opportunity for work experience, free membership of the Association upon graduating and the opportunity to participate in the WiP mentoring programme whereby a mentor will support her in her early career.

She said: “I was so pleased to have been nominated by my department for this award, but having seen the work and calibre of the other nominees I am still a little shocked to have won! I am delighted to receive the award, and I want to thank Women in Property for running it and for all the events they organise.

“I hope I can make a contribution to the industry and encourage more students to get involved.”

Such was the calibre of the students, the judges were pleased to announce a further award of Highly Commended to Emily Scoones, studying Civil & Architectural Engineering, also at Bath.

The National Student Awards are now in their sixth year. Open to female, second year students studying a Built Environment degree course, students are nominated by their Universities, hence only the very best get to this stage. The National Student Awards are this year sponsored nationally by Byrne Group and Turner & Townsend and regionally by Vinci Construction.

Paul Salmon of Byrne Group, said: “We have been involved in these Awards for the past five years and the quality of the students keeps on improving.

“There is still a real imbalance of women to men in the property and construction industry – women represent just 15 per cent of the workforce – so Byrne Group is delighted to support WiP to help encourage young women to pursue careers in this sector and go on to become our future business leaders.”

Finalists and judges of the Awards (Credit: John Craig)

Commenting on Anne-Marie, the judges said: “She would make a great ambassador and role model.

“Anne-Marie has demonstrated practical and problem-solving strengths, she shows expansive thinking and is a confident conversationalist.”

The National Student Awards:-

• Recognise the talent available to the industry at the earliest possible stage

• Highlight to industry the necessity to link with universities early in the educational process

• Broaden the opportunities open to students as they progress through their university career

• Improve the knowledge of those at university on the career options available

• Improve the students’ skills to present their coursework

The 2012 Judges were Martin Thomas of Vinci Construction, Tamara Jordan of Stride Treglown Ltd, Caroline Hall of Byrne Group, Cathy Stewart of Cathy Stewart Associates and Jo Williams of Ridge & Partners.

The National Student Awards ‘Best of the Best’ final takes place at Claridge’s in London on Tuesday 18 September, with the successful finalist winning £700 and a year’s membership of Women in Property.

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