Oxford Brookes student to represent South East at Women in Property national awards final

Tuesday, 05 June 2018

Olivia Ashby

A student in the School of the Built Environment at Oxford Brookes University has won the regional final of the National Student Awards from Women in Property.

The National Student Awards seek out the best Built Environment degree students, highlighting to industry the necessity to link with universities early in the education process and also improve the students’ knowledge of the career options available to them.

There are 14 regional finalists representing their universities and regions from across the UK. They will go forward to the national final in September when they go before a further judging panel. The national winner will be announced at the Best of Best Awards Dinner.

Olivia Ashby, studying Real Estate Management at Oxford Brookes is one of four winning students who will represent the South East region at the national final. She said: “I was so pleased to be nominated for the Women in Property Student Awards.  I have grown so much in confidence throughout the experience and have thoroughly enjoyed meeting the judges and fellow students from across the region. I am honoured to have been awarded this prize and look forward to competing in the finals in September.”

Students from the University have been taking part in the awards for eight years now. In this time, including Olivia, we have had six regional winners, two of which have gone on to win the national competition. I'm delighted that Olivia continues this tradition and wish her well in the finals.

Dan Sames, Lecturer, School of the Built Environment, Oxford Brookes University

Lecturer Dan Sames from the School of the Built Environment said: "The quality of Oxford Brookes students participating in this year's competition was very high and this is reflected in Olivia becoming a regional winner and one of our other students Rosalynn Funnell achieving a Highly Commended. Our other students who participated also performed well and gained some valuable experience.

“Students from the University have been taking part in the awards for eight years now. In this time, including Olivia, we have had six regional winners, two of which have gone on to win the national competition. I'm delighted that Olivia continues this tradition and wish her well in the finals."

Speaking at a special event to celebrate the Women in Property South East Student Awards at Dentons, branch Chairman Michelle Kershaw, from Dentons said: “This country urgently needs to ensure it has a really strong property and construction industry so ‘future-proofing’ our talent pool is critical. Women in Property runs a number of different initiatives to encourage girls to explore the really rewarding and diverse range of careers available. For example, the Student Awards, now in their 12th year, which inspire Built Environment students, and engage with universities and employers.”

More information about Women in Property and the National Student Awards can be found on their website.

Visit the School of the Built Environment's website to view the available courses to study at Oxford Brookes University.