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Issued:23/09/16

Sheffield Hallam University student Yasmine Lunn is celebrating after winning the 2016 Women in Property (WiP) National Student Awards. 

Yasmine, who is a BSc Real Estate undergraduate, competed against nine other students from across the UK in the competition which seeks to find the property and construction industry’s future stars, with the ‘Best of the Best’ dinner taking place at Claridge’s in London.

This year, the Awards programme involved 86 students, representing 47 Universities from across the UK. From the original 86 architecture, construction, civil engineering and surveying students from across the UK, just 10 made it through to the Final.

For winning the overall competition - which this year celebrated its 10th anniversary - Yasmine won £700 and a year’s membership of The Association of Women in Property. 

Yasmine said: “This whole process has been so positive and a real eye opener. I’ve learned to perform outside of my comfort zone, think on my feet and have developed relationships with some great people in the industry.”

The judges commented that Yasmine "is quite simply inspirational, nothing will faze her" and that "she will make a brilliant ambassador for young women in the industry". 

The students were nominated by their lecturers and judged on a piece of coursework, CV and interview. Yasmine was nominated by her course leader Luke Bennett and mentored by staff within the Department of Natural and Built Environment at Sheffield Hallam University

Luke said: "We are absolutely delighted and very proud of Yasmine, This is the first time that a Sheffield Hallam candidate has won the national prize and it builds on our strong track record in the Yorkshire and North East regional contest – where a student from our undergraduate programme has won or received special commendation every year since 2011.

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"This year has been especially successful as we had already swept the board in our regional contest - with special commendations for our Quantity Surveying and Building Surveying candidates in addition to Yasmine’s victory."

 Lisa-Jane Risk, National Chairman of the Association of Women in Property, said: “We are justifiably proud of the Awards which have been working hard for female undergraduates for ten years. It’s good to know that our first finalists are now well into their careers, becoming role models for young women entering the industry.” 

For press information: Please contact Martin Webb in the Sheffield Hallam University press office on 0114 225 2621 or email m.webb@shu.ac.uk