The highly competitive Women in Property (WiP) National Student Awards have named Civil Engineering MEng student Poppy Tilt as South East regional winner – making it the fourth consecutive year a Surrey student has landed the award.
Poppy received the accolade, which includes a cash prize of £300, at a special awards ceremony in London in June, and will now go head to head with other regional winners at the national WiP awards in September held at Claridges Hotel.
The WiP awards are held annually to find and celebrate talented female students aiming to work in the property sector and highlight individuals who will become role models for other women entering the property professions. Universities across the UK put forward their top students who submit their CVs and coursework, with the best candidates going before a panel of high profile judges from industry, Higher Education and the Association of Women in Property.
Nominated by her Surrey lecturer Mr Tony Thorne, Poppy impressed the awards judging panel with her presentation on the design for an immersed tube tunnel in Hong Kong which she worked on during her Professional Training Year at Capita. As the winner of a Surrey/ICE (Institution of Civil Engineers) scholarship to study at Surrey, Poppy has been paired with Capita and will join the global company’s design department on graduating from the University.
Poppy says, “I was honoured to be nominated for the Awards. I’ve learned a lot from the process so far and the regional awards evening was a great networking event. I was thrilled to win the South East competition and achieve such a prestigious award. I’d like to thank the judges for their time, as without these professionals the awards would not have been possible."
Mr Thorne comments, “Poppy received a glowing tribute from the judging panel: their feedback was that she was confident and well-prepared, and she proved in her presentation that she was given a high level of responsibility on placement and learnt a lot from working in a professional environment.
“As a university we were praised for the quality of our female students. Over the last seven years, there have been four wins by Surrey students in consecutive years, and five altogether – plus a highly commended. The overwhelming feeling at the awards was that we must be doing something right here at Surrey!”
Mr Tony Thorne