Third-year Architectural Technology BSc student Madeleine Clarke won the West Midlands award at the Association of Women in Property 2021 Student of the Year Awards, an event that aims to increase and support the 15% of women who make up the construction and property workforce.
Madeleine said: “The only careers that were pitched to me at school were nursing or teaching. I was only exposed to a career in architecture when I completed a career quiz online. When I go to these Women in Property events it is great because the room is filled with women in the industry.”
Coventry University is helping to address that figure, with women making up a quarter of the students studying its built environment courses. Built Environment Curriculum Lead Sabine Coady Schäbitz said: “In the past fi ve years, the percentage of women studying with us rose from 17.3% to 26.4%. We are working closely with industry and the professional bodies to further increase equality, diversity and inclusion in the creation and management of the built environment.”