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Clean sweep for Hallam at the Women in Property Student Awards

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Sheffield Hallam University students have taken the top three prizes at the regional heat of the Women in Property (WiP) National Student Awards. 

Yasmine Lunn, studying real estate, was the overall winner in the Yorkshire and North East competition, and will now go through to the national final in London.

Charlotte Dennish, studying quantity surveying and Jenna Whitehead, studying building surveying, were both runners-up and received 'Highly Commended' certificates in the awards.

The 12 finalists from the region were nominated by their universities and invited to go before a judging panel of industry experts, where they were questioned on a piece of coursework and topical industry issues. 

WiP has the remit of encouraging girls and young women to enter the industry through an extensive education programme that includes its National Student Awards.

Maria White, Vice Chairman of the Yorkshire and North East branch of WiP, said: "Yasmine has done really well to win the regional award and we are delighted she will be representing this region at the national final in London. Charlotte and Jenna came a very close second, which is why we decided to award two Highly Commended certificates."

Yasmine, who received a cheque for £300 and a trophy at the ceremony in Leeds, said: “I was thrilled when my university nominated me for these awards and the process has been an amazing experience. 

"I've been really inspired by being surrounded by people who have a real passion for property, diversity and networking.I’ve learned a lot and met some great people - including the judges, who I’d like to thank for putting their faith in me.” 

Luke Bennett, course leader at Sheffield Hallam University, said: "We are delighted and very proud of Yasmine, Charlotte and Jenna's achievements. It reflects the focus and efforts of both staff and students towards ensuring that talent is encouraged from all quarters within our courses." 

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The national final, which will be held on 21 September at Claridge’s, London, will see Yasmine compete against students from across the UK for the National Student Awards trophy.

For press information: Please contact Martin Webb in the Sheffield Hallam University press office on 0114 225 2621 or email


Editors Notes


The Association of Women in Property ( was founded in 1987 by two women, an architect and a surveyor, to help redress the gender imbalance in the industry by providing a dynamic forum for professional women working in the sector and to encourage and nurture aspiring talent in schools and universities. The annual Women in Property Student Award contest has been running for 10 years, and now involves students from 48 universities across the UK participating and showcasing future female participation and talent in this sector.