Women in Property Central Scotland Student Awards winners announced

THE Women in Property Central Scotland Student Awards has been held at a sold out event at  Citation in Glasgow.

11 students took part in the awards this year, representing disciplines including architecture, real estate, civil engineering, and planning.

The winning students are:

Amy Gillanders studying civil engineering at the University of Glasgow, of whom the judges said, “…she is self-motivating with a genuine interest in her subject, confident without being over-bearing, some great answers to our questions.”

Eilidh MacPherson studying urban planning and property development at Heriot Watt University. The judges said of Eilidh, “…an engaging presentation, a brilliant candidate, Eilidh thinks differently.”

Both national finalists receive a £500 cash prize, a trophy, and the opportunity to take part in Women in Property’s mentoring programme.

The organisers said that all the students were of such a high standard and their presentations so good that the judges awarded two highly commended awards, which went to Amy Matteo studying real estate surveying at Edinburgh Napier University and Freya Bannerman studying civil engineering at University of Strathclyde.

Aurora Tallon, Women in Property Central Scotland branch chair and architect at 360 Architecture in Glasgow, said, “I am delighted for Amy and Eilidh, both of whom will go on to represent Central Scotland at the National Final in September.  Our Awards programme works with Universities across the region, seeking out their brightest and best students.  Employers then get to meet them at the Central Scotland Awards event, when we announce our regional winners.

“This is a great opportunity for our local businesses, in an industry that continues to suffer a skills shortage.   Year on year, employers compete for new skilled people to help deliver their housing, infrastructure and commercial projects, yet we have all this inspirational talent right on our doorstep.

“We encourage local businesses to get behind the students, with work placements, or simply just keeping in touch, offering advice and guidance as they approach their careers. This sort of connection is extremely motivating and confidence-building for the students, and works well for potential employers, who get to know them early on, hopefully, offering them a job on graduation.”