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Surrey student wins regional ‘Women in Property’ prize

Helen Piggott shortlisted for the national Student Award by the Association of Women in Property.

Helen Piggott has been awarded the ‘South East Regional Student Prize’ by the Association of Women in Property (WiP), for her progress on Surrey’s MEng Civil Engineering course and with her industrial sponsor, Tony Gee.

Open to all second-year undergraduates from UK universities, the WiP Student Awards celebrate academic excellence and nurture the potential of female role models by offering networking opportunities and help to find future paid work placements.

As part of the application process, Helen was required to submit her CV, examples of her coursework and participate in a series of interviews with an industry judging panel.

“I’m delighted to receive the South-East Regional Student Women in Property Award”

- Helen Piggott

She now takes away a glass trophy, £300 and a pledge from WiP to help her secure a fully-funded summer internship next year.

“I’m delighted to receive the South-East Regional Student Women in Property Award,” Helen said. “Just being nominated by the University was an honour, so to win the regional award is the highlight of my career to date. Having the support of WiP in the future will be invaluable, with the mentoring scheme providing ongoing advice and guidance to help me reach my full potential. I’m also incredibly grateful to my tutors at Surrey for nominating me for the award and helping prepare for the interviews, as well as the continued support from my sponsor company Tony Gee."

Mr Tony Thorne, Surrey’s Programme Director of MSc Civil Engineering and Senior Teaching Fellow in Civil Engineering, added, “The South East Regional Student Prize is a reward for some very hard work that Helen has put in over the past three years, both in her studies and in her Professional Training year with her sponsor company.  The judges were unanimous in their praise for her enthusiasm and technical ability that she demonstrated at the interview.  I hope that Helen’s award will inspire and encourage more female undergraduates to progress within our industry.”

Helen is now set to attend a formal presentation dinner to be held on 17 September 2014 at Claridge’s, London, in which the overall national winner will be announced.

"I hope that Helen’s award will inspire and encourage more female undergraduates to progress within our industry"

- Mr Tony Thorne

For more information, why not read Helen’s full case study.

Surrey’s track record of female WiP student successes from the past five years includes three overall winners and a ‘highly commended’ undergraduate. Read about successful recipients including Michelle Hicks and Elizabeth Orchard.

Discover Surrey’s Civil Engineering programmes.

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