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Success for female construction graduates


Female construction students from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) are set to embark on exciting careers following their graduation.

Beverley Duckworth, Jackie Matthews, Zoe Nicholls and Katie Parkinson all achieved either a First or Upper Second Class on the BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying course.

The four ladies are part of an increasing number of high achieving females opting for a career in construction. They celebrated their graduation in July and all have gained employment as quantity surveyors while studying on the course. Beverley is working for Quanta Associates Ltd, Jackie landed a role at Electricity North West, Zoe is working for Aecom and Katie secured a job at GallifordTry Infrastructure.

Graduation gave 29-year-old Beverley the chance of a well-earned celebration before she embarks on her Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Assessment of Professional Competence, for which she will sit an exam in spring 2015.

Reflecting on her achievements she said: “I was encouraged to study this course by my Dad who has been a Quantity Surveyor for over 40 years. Six years ago he gave me the opportunity to work for him to determine whether or not it was right for me. I completed the course part-time which has allowed me to continue working and I have not looked back since. ‘’

Similarly, Zoe was inspired by a family member as she gained her interest in construction from her mother who is also a quantity surveyor. She now hopes to gain her chartered status while working at Aecom and eventually would like to work abroad.

She said: “What I enjoyed most about the course was the wide range of lecturers who teach the programme, many of whom are experts in the field. They were always on hand to offer career advice and guidance. Upon learning about my First Class degree, I felt a mixture of emotion, excitement, and sadness as I will miss university.’’

Katie Parkinson from Warrington felt ‘ecstatic, overwhelmed and happy’ upon receiving an upper second class honours degree, which she managed to attain despite losing her father halfway through her studies. Katie was recommended by her employer to study at UCLan and she particularly enjoyed the variety of topics and learning that her course covered

Jackie Matthews echoed these views; she was drawn to the University due to the Commercial Management aspect of the course. Feeling ‘very proud and excited’ to be graduating, Jackie is looking forward to exploring new challenges within the construction industry.