A Plymouth University student has won the regional round of a prestigious award for women in property and construction.
Madeleine Jury, a Civil Engineering student, came top in the South West Association of Women in Property (WiP) student awards, sponsored by Hydrock and Stride Treglown.
She beat six other regional finalists nominated by their universities, in a competition which saw the students questioned on a piece of coursework and topical industry issues by a judging panel of industry experts.
Following her win, Madeleine will now attend the national final of the awards in London this September.
Holding the trophy, she said:
“I was really proud to be nominated by Plymouth University but I never dreamt I would win. It has been such a worthwhile experience, thank you to all the sponsors for making it happen, and my lecturers for nominating me.”
The awards were set up to recognise the talent available to the property and construction industry at the earliest possible stage – while students are still studying – and also highlight to students the career options available.
Dr Liz Hodgkinson, Lecturer in the School of Marine Science and Engineering at Plymouth University, said:
“This is a fantastic achievement for Madeleine. We put her forward for the award as she has shown huge potential on the Civil Engineering course, and she has embraced every challenge and opportunity she’s encountered. It’s important for students to get a flavour of the industry before graduating, and I’m delighted that Madeleine has had this chance and shown herself to be so accomplished throughout.”
Natasha Cottell, Chairman of the South West Branch on WiP, said:
“Madeleine has done really well to win the regional award and we are delighted she will be representing this region at the national final in September. This is a tough competition with some extremely talented, enthusiastic and professional young women taking part, all of which bodes well for the industry recruitment pipeline. But this is very much a pipeline and our industry can’t afford to rest on its laurels, we need to encourage more young women to get involved and see what our industry can offer. We’re calling upon schools – and parents – to remember the amazing opportunities offered by this dynamic industry, and encourage their young women to take another look at what a career in property and construction can offer.”