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Building Surveying student announced regional winner of Women in Property Awards

Second year BSc (Hons) Building Surveying student Emily Cardy was announced as the Midlands winner of the Women in Property (WiP) 2020 Student Awards.

Emily Cardy, BSc (Hons) Building Surveying
Emily Cardy (right of picture), was announced regional winner of the Women in Property 2020 Student Awards

Chosen by her course tutors, Emily was nominated as NTU’s candidate earlier this year, joining eight other finalists from a range of courses at Universities in the Midlands including Architecture, Civil Engineering and Architectural Technology.

The WiP Student Awards seek out the best Built Environment degree students, highlighting to industry the necessity to link with Universities early in the education process and improve the students’ knowledge of the career options available to them.

Many secure work placements as a direct result of competing in the Awards, which often translate into permanent positions upon graduation.

Emily impressed the judges with a case study based on coursework centred on the redevelopment of the former Boots Island Street site on the southern gateway to the city of Nottingham.

Speaking about the experience, Emily said: “I have always tried to be as involved in my course as possible. I am completely immersed in the property industry – it is my passion. I think that this showed through my activities as a mentor for the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment and being a course representative as well as a school rep.

“By being this involved in the industry, I have been able to stand out to the tutors and to future employers. It was this that tipped me as the winning candidate for NTU to nominate, and my honest passion for the industry that resonated with the judges of the WiP awards.”

Emily was presented with the industry award in an online awards ceremony on Wednesday 3 June.

She said: “When they announced me as the winner I was in complete shock. The awards ceremony had to be held by Zoom due to the Covid-19 pandemic, so luckily, I didn’t have to stand up in front of people as it took me a while to acknowledge they had said my name!

“I was also lucky enough to secure a permanent job with the Midlands WiP sponsors, ISG. They are supporting me working part time throughout the final year of my degree and have taken the pressure off finding a graduate placement as my role will become full time upon graduation.

“The whole experience has just made me realise that I should believe in myself and encouraged me to want to share my experiences with people that may not believe they can do it. It doesn’t matter what age, or gender you are, or what background you have, if you have a passion for property then the industry will want you!”

Emily will represent the Midlands region in the national final of the WiP Student Awards in September 2020.

Published on 10 June 2020
  • Subject area: Art and design
  • Category: Current students; School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment