Heriot-Watt Quantity Surveying student Alice Gama has won a regional Women in Property Student Award and will be going forward to the national final in London in September.
The national Student Awards, run by the Association of Women in Property (WiP), are designed to recognise the talent available to industry at the earliest possible stage, to highlight the need for industry to link with Universities and to secure work placements through their Awards system.
Alice, a third year student who will be taking up a summer work placement with NPS Group in Leeds, was nominated by her lecturer, Mohamed Abdel-Wahab, who noted, “Alice is self-motivated and keen to get industry exposure and experience.”
Emma Carmichael, Chairman of the WiP Central Scotland branch said, “These Awards seek out the most talented students studying built environment courses, which can include planning to surveying, architecture to engineering, project management to property finance, so a broad spectrum of disciplines.
“We aim to raise the bar, by challenging the students to really evaluate their subject, how they hope to progress towards a career and help them develop the skills they will need along the way. All this year's finalists have done really well and our congratulations go to Alice. We wish her the very best for the national final.”
Confidence, skills and encouragement
Alice said, “I am very delighted to have won the award for Central Scotland. Participating in the Women in Property Awards has made me feel so empowered and has greatly increased my confidence. The skills gained during my preparation for the awards were also very useful for my academic work that I had during my second semester of 3rd year.
“In terms of the process of the awards, all the judges were so full of encouragement and it is clear that they are truly passionate about improving opportunities for young women in the construction industry. Academic matters aside, Participating in the awards has been a great opportunity to meet like-minded young women who are highly driven and going through similar stages of life as we all begin to build our careers. The ambitions of these women inspired me greatly.”