Nottingham building surveying student represents Midlands in national women in property awards

Aggie Vernon-Smith with her trophy

Year Two BSc (Hons) Building Surveying student, Aggie Vernon-Smith, has won the Midlands Women in Property Student Award, run by the Association of Women in Property (WiP).

She competed against 11 other regional finalists studying built environment degree courses to be named winner of the award, which seeks out the most talented young women in the region. She received £300 and a trophy, and will now go on to represent the Midlands at the National Awards Dinner, competing against 11 other students from across the UK.

Aggie is currently working at the Nottingham office of Gleeds, and was nominated for the award by lecturer Chris Keast. He said: “Aggie has an infectious enthusiasm for the subject and is always seeking additional work and input from the teaching staff to enhance her understanding and employability. Building Surveying is an area of practice where women are currently very underrepresented and the sector needs strong positive role models; she is the embodiment of a growing force for change.”

On receiving the award, Aggie told Business Link Magazine: “This has been an amazing opportunity and incredible experience.  I’m truly overwhelmed to have been selected out of so many talented individuals.  I will continue to work extremely hard and pursue my dreams and I encourage all women to do the same.  It always seems impossible until it is done.”

Three other students from NTU reached the regional finals this year; Dionne Bowie-Robinson, studying Civil Engineering, Jessica Duffield studying Planning and Development, and Katy Kenealy, studying Real Estate. This is the second year running that the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment has nominated a winning student.  Last year Imogen Gore, studying Real Estate, won the regional award and later went through to the national final.

Charlotte Bloomfield, Chairman of the WiP Midlands 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.”

She continued: “We aim to raise the bar, by challenging the students to really evaluate their subject, and how they progress towards a career in order to 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 Aggie. We wish her the very best for the national final.”

The National Awards Dinner will be held on 20 September at Claridge’s hotel in London.