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BSc (Hons) Construction Management student Kelly Bartholomew is celebrating after being named winner of the Women in Property Student Award 2020 for the south-east region.

15th June 2020
Architecture and construction

Kelly, a Quantity Surveyor at Brymor Construction Ltd was nominated for the award by her lecturer Denise White – and as part of the process had to conduct a presentation on Leadership and Management and the effects on mental health to a panel of five judges. We caught up with Kelly to find out more:

Hi Kelly, congratulations on your award - how does it feel to have won? 

It feels absolutely amazing, I’m still in shock, but I’m very proud and grateful to have been given such an amazing opportunity.

What does winning the award mean to you?

Winning this award is an honour, especially being up against so many talented individuals. It also feels amazing to get such good recognition for all the effort and hard work I have put into my studies and work life, and it’s even better that I’ve been rewarded for doing something I love. 

Picture of Kelly Bartholomew

What will happen next as a result of winning? 

The next step will be going to the National Awards in London in September where I will attend a ten minute interview in front of another panel of judges, followed by a Best of the Best Awards dinner at Claridge’s to announce the National Winner (Government rules and regulations dependant).

How are you finding your studies at Solent?

I am currently studying BSc (Hons) Construction Management part-time at Solent which is very useful for my chosen career path as the subject covers a diverse range of topics from quantity surveying, to estimating and project management. This better prepares you for a role within the industry by enhancing and complimenting your current skillset.  

As a part-time student it is a bit of a challenge to find a work/life balance, but it is achievable with a bit of dedication and support. I am very lucky that my current employer is so supportive, along with my course tutors.

What advice would you give to others wanting to follow in your footsteps to a career in construction? 

I think the best advice I could give is to just go for it and not be scared. Although construction is very male dominated there are also lots of very talented women within the industry. It is such a welcoming and friendly environment. You are basically one big family and you will experience teamwork on another level, and I can honestly say that you will never get bored as each day is diverse and challenging.

There is also nothing more rewarding than seeing a project through from start to finish and the sense of achievement you will feel at the end of each day.