Chancellor's Awards 2017

The University of Reading Chancellor's Awards are presented to our brightest and best students from across the University's broad range of academic disciplines.

We spoke to two of the School's winners about why they chose to study Construction Management and Engineering, and about their time here at Reading.

Ashley Poingdestre, BSc Construction Management studeAshley-Poingdestrent

What inspires you about Construction Management?

The innovation and desire to improve current practices within the construction industry is a great inspiration for a budding construction manager. I think the sector encourages logical thinking, problem-solving and strong teamwork which makes construction an interesting career choice.

Why did you choose to come to Reading to study?

The University's strong links to the construction industry and graduate employment rates were the main reasons I chose to study at Reading. Proximity to London is another bonus as there are many placements available in London.

What was the highlight of 2016/17?

My two internships with JLL and Morgan Sindall were the main highlights of my first year.

What do you see yourself doing in five years' time?

I see myself being a chartered professional in my chosen career path. I also hope to travel to different countries and learn about diverse cultures and techniques within construction.

What's the best thing about life at Reading?

The green spaces around the lake on campus are great for a run and I enjoy seeing the goslings grow throughout the year.

Can you sum up the University of Reading in three words?

Inclusive, supportive, fun.

Mollie Horton, BSc Building Surveying student

What inspires you about your chosen area of study?

I have always had an interest in the construction industry, but it wasn't until Mollie-Hortonafter I started university that I discovered building surveying, having originally applied for construction management. I felt building surveying would provide me with a varied job role; I love that one day I could be on-site project managing and the next I could be sat in the office writing up a report. Ultimately, the idea that you can leave your mark on the world in the form of buildings will make this career extremely rewarding for me.

Why did you choose to come to Reading to study?

I knew instantly, once I had attended the subject talk at an Open Day that I wanted to study at Reading. It was evident that the lecturers all shared the same passion for their subject, something I felt was vital if I was to enjoy my time studying. Reading also has an outstanding reputation within the construction industry, as well as great links with firms and industry professionals. This was of significant importance to me, as I knew it would stand me in good stead when searching for placements and graduate roles.

What was the highlight of 2016/17?

My highlight of 2016/17 was being awarded with Highly Commended at the Women in Property National Student Awards South East Final. I was delighted to have been nominated to represent the School of the Built Environment and the University of Reading at the Awards. It was a great opportunity to network with other industry professionals and was lovely to see other women being praised for their great work - more of which should happen within the property industry!

What do you see yourself doing in five years' time?

I hope to be working as a chartered surveyor at a leading building consultancy firm in London. Long-term, I would like to be working my way up to becoming a director within the firm.

What's the best thing about life at Reading?

The best thing about life at Reading is the people I have met throughout my time here. Not only have I made friends I will keep for life, but also I have met so many inspiring people that have helped me reach my potential.

Can you sum up the University of Reading in three words?

Rewarding, exciting, challenging.

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