Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Women in Property 2014

There are more than 500 female students on property-related courses at Oxford Brookes University and on Monday 24 November they were invited to attend a series of presentations and a networking event organised by the Association of Women in Property (WiP) which was held in the new John Henry Brookes Building (at Oxford Brookes University).

Networking - photo by Michael Hill

Women represent only 15% of the property and construction industry workforce, a balance still to be redressed. The Association of Women in Property aims to do just this. WiP is a national organisation that seeks to enhance the profile of women in this sector, both by providing a dynamic forum for women in these professions and by encouraging and nurturing aspiring talent.

There were two guest speakers:
Cathy Stewart - Architectural Consultant & Professional Coach
Cathy has 25 years’ experience as a chartered architect leading multi-million pound projects. She has concentrated in specialising in the higher education sector with a keen interest in providing efficient and exciting spaces for the next generation of learners.              

Marcia Gillings  - Chartered Surveyor
Marcia has 23 years’ experience of building surveying, regeneration, asset management and development management. Her experience has been in the public sector and charities, such as, local government, The Peabody Trust and The Homes and Communities Agency.

Cathy Stewart - photo by Michael Hill

There were also two student speakers - both winners of a WiP Student Award:
Jessica Dowdy won the 2014 WiP National Student Awards, after winning the 2014 South East Regional Awards. Amy Milton and Kay Chizlett have both won the WiP South East Student Awards, Amy (BSc Real Estate Management (2011-2014)) won in 2013 and is now working as a Graduate Residential Surveyor with DTZ and Kay won in 2012. During the regional heats the students present and are questioned on, a chosen piece of coursework, allowing them to discuss the discipline they are studying. The national finalists then go before a panel of industry specialists who challenge them on topical and industry issues.

For more information click on the links in blue/green.

Networking - photo by Michael Hill

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