WiP National Student Awards find another Brookes star

Friday, 25 September 2015

WiP National Student Awards

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 University beat ten other young women to take top prize in the Awards Final held on 22 September at Claridge’s Hotel in London. This is the second year running that a Brookes student has won the coveted prize.

The Awards process starts in November each year, when universities nationwide are invited to nominate their best students studying a Built Environment degree.  This can 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.

Our whole-hearted congratulations go to Harri, who performed brilliantly against a group of very talented, ambitious and professional young women.

Elspeth Burrage, outgoing WiP National Chairman

A series of regional judging panels follow, organised through each of WiP’s branches, when the students present a piece of coursework.  The 11 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 Harri, 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.

Speaking about her win 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!”

More information about the WiP National Student Awards is available on the website.  

If you are interested in the Real Estate Management course at Oxford Brookes or other courses in the Built Environment, visit the University’s Department of Real Estate and Construction website.

Image: (Pictured left to right: Alison Honour, Associate Dean for Student Experience at Oxford Brookes, Angharad (Harri) John and Brookes lecturer Dan Sames).