USW student celebrates win in South Wales Women in Property Student Awards

Sophie Bowyer, winner of the South Wales Women in Property Student Awards. June 2019

Sophie Bowyer won the South Wales Women in Property Student Awards

A University of South Wales student scooped top prize when the South Wales Women in Property Student Awards were announced last week.  

Sophie Bowyer, a second year studying BSc Project Management, impressed the judging panel, who said she was “a very strong candidate, she was calm and in control, topical, interesting and engaging, with a good understanding of the issues”.

The awards recognised the talent, skills and ambition of the region’s female property and construction student undergraduates, and were judged by a panel comprising professionals in development, construction and surveying, including branch chairman Natalie Bell, of regional awards sponsor Andrew Scott Ltd.

The Student Awards seek out the best Built Environment degree students, highlighting to industry the necessity to link with universities early in the education process to help 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 following graduation.

“This generation of property and construction professionals is entering the industry at a critical time, when every one of us must adopt a duty of care for our environment and our communities,” Natalie Bell said.

“These inspirational young women have demonstrated the skills, commitment and ingenuity the country will need in future and we are delighted to have met them during the course of this competition. 

“Congratulations to all of them and, in particular, to Sophie – we wish her every success in the national final.”

Mark Bowen, Managing Director of Andrew Scott Ltd, said: “We are very proud to be able to support the Women in Property Student Awards in South Wales this year. 

“It is encouraging to see new talent of all ages and backgrounds being attracted into the built environment industry, and we are pleased to support a platform upon which their ideas, eagerness, and commitment are recognised”.

Sophie received a trophy, £300, and the opportunity to take part in Women in Property’s mentoring programme. 

She will represent South Wales on September 18, when she goes before a National judging panel, competing against 13 other regional finalists for the National Student Awards, which are sponsored by Bouygues, Linden Homes, and Savills.

The winner will be announced at the Best of the Best Awards dinner, to be held at Claridge’s on 18th September.  This year 137 students were nominated for the Awards, across eight Women in Property’s branches.


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