Project Management student to represent South Wales in national property awards

Women in Property awards

Gabrielle Wheeler (centre) with finalists L-R Ffion Brown, Isla Thomas, Fatima Viera, and Lauren Turner

University of South Wales student, Gabrielle Wheeler, has won the South Wales Women in Property Student Awards, run by the Association of Women in Property (WiP). In her second year of the BSc Project Management (Surveying) degree, Gabrielle also works at National Rail.

Gabrielle competed against four other regional finalists studying built environment degree courses.

Alongside Gabrielle, the following students reached the regional final: Fatima Moreno Viera - Cardiff University who won the Highly Commended Award; Lauren Turner, University of South Wales; Ffion Brown, University of South Wales and Isla Thomas, University of South Wales.

Nicola Jones, Chairman of the WiP South Wales branch said, “These awards seek out the most talented students studying built environment courses, which can include planning to surveying, architecture to engineering, project management to property finance, so a broad spectrum of disciplines.

“We aim to raise the bar, by challenging the students to really evaluate their subject, how they hope to progress towards a career and help them develop the skills they will need along the way.  All this year’s finalists have done really well and our congratulations go to Gabrielle.  We wish her the very best for the national final.”

Gabrielle Wheeler said, “I can’t believe it, I am stunned, thank you to John Ryan, my lecturer who nominated me, and the judges.”

Judge Leigh Hughes said, “We had to make a very tough decision, because all the contenders were of such a high standard but, ultimately, Gabrielle just had the edge, that X factor some might say.  This is a great opportunity for the students to test themselves in front of industry professionals; and, as judges, we are able to look out for superb potential employees.  The Awards also help the Universities to fulfil one of their top objectives…student employability.”

Gabrielle wins £300 and a trophy.  She will represent South Wales at the National 'Best of the Best' final and black tie awards dinner, which will be held on September 20, at Claridge’s in London, when she competes against 12 other students from across the UK.