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Student engineer wins Women in Property award

Civil engineering student Michelle Hicks this week flew the flag for the civil engineering profession when she was highly commended in the coveted Women in Property National Student Awards this week.

Hicks, who is studying civil engineering at the University of Surrey and is sponsored by WSP, was pipped to overall victory by University of Gloucestershire landscape architecture student Charlotte Collins.

“Civil engineering is a very dynamic profession and seeing the development of various projects I have been involved with is incredibly rewarding,” said Hicks, after receiving her award. After winning the South East regional award, she competed against nine other regional winners from across industry.

Hicks said her career had been inspired by “all those women who have used their skills, knowledge and determination to reach the top of the industry”, adding: “They remind me how important it is to remain focused on the progression of my career.”

The awards were attended by Sir Bob Kerslake, head of the civil service and permanent secretary to the Department for Communities and Local Government, who urged women to confidently embrace careers in the built environment. He is aiming to achieve gender equality at the top level of the civil service within the next decade.

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