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Surrey student scoops WiP award for fifth consecutive year

Civil Engineering undergraduate Joanna Hartnell joins a long list of Surrey winners at the South East Women in Property (WiP) Awards.

Joanna competed against 21 other regional finalists from universities across Surrey and the South Coast to win the regional WiP Student Award, which is one of three awarded in the South East region. Her achievement takes the University’s record of winning the award to six times in eight years, with a Surrey student winning for each of the past five years.

Joanna won a cheque for £300 and a trophy, and will now got through to the ‘Best of the Best’ National Awards which are due to be held at London’s Claridge’s Hotel on 20 September. Organised by the Association of Women in Property, the WiP Student Awards seek to recognise the most talented students on built environment courses, which can range from planning to surveying, architecture to engineering and project management to property services.

Joanna, a third year student on Surrey’s MEng Civil Engineering degree programme, is sponsored by Tony Gee and Partners under the Surrey/ICE scholarship programme. She was nominated by Dr Tony Thorne, Director of Learning and Teaching in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Dr Thorne commented: “This is another great example of Joanna’s ‘can do’ attitude. She was interviewed by companies half way through her first year as part of the scholarship programme, and had them fighting over her. She has a bright future ahead. Joanna joins an illustrious list of previous winners from the University who are now forging successful careers within leading engineering companies.”

Joanna said: “I’m delighted to be one of the three South East winners and am very grateful to the Civil Engineering Department at Surrey. Participating in the WiP Student Awards process has not only provided a valuable insight into the property and construction industry but also the opportunity to engage with senior, motivational role models. This has been a brilliant experience.”

Marcia Gillings, Chairman of the WiP South East branch, said: “With these awards we aim to raise the bar by challenging students to really evaluate their subject and how they hope to progress towards a career, and help them develop the skills they will need along the way.”

Colin Boyd of Bouygues UK – one of the awards’ sponsors – added: “We had to make a very tough decision because all the contenders were of such a high standard but, ultimately, Joanna just had the edge.”

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