Double scholarship prize for UWE Construction graduates

Issue date: 16 January 2006

Tim Smith Two Construction graduates from the University of the West of England have won both of the prestigious Sir Ian Dixon scholarships awarded each year by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Worshipful Company of Constructors. The scholarships will be awarded at a special ceremony at Haberdashers Hall in London on Wednesday 18 January.

Pippa Trout and Tim Smith (pictured) both studied Construction Project Management at UWE. Pippa is now a Site Manager with Rok based in Exeter and Tim works as a Site Manager with Kier Western. Pippa is currently working on a £300k school refurbishment programme and Tim is currently working on a £9.8m school extension and expansion for North Somerset Council.

The scholarship is designed to reward promising young construction graduates who undertake a useful sponsored project within their employers' organisation.

Pippa Trout's project is entitled, 'Challenging the mind-set of our industry'. Pippa said, “I looked at ways Rok might improve efficiency and effectiveness in day to day operations. My research focuses on the personnel at the lower levels of the overall business, the muddy boots brigade and those at the coal face. In line with Rok's vision and values the entire report is centred around how things make Rok feel rather than the impact on the bottom line.”

Tim Smith was recently awarded Kier Western's 'Young Achiever of the Year'. His project is entitled, 'Investigating the merits of part-time or day-release study compared to full-time graduate qualification'. Tim comments, “One problem for the construction industry is finding professionals of the right calibre while at the same time allowing them to fulfil successful and flourishing careers. It is important not to judge full time education compared to part-time but it seems that both routes have their advantages. I hope the research will help construction firms gear training schemes towards individual needs and improve information for school leavers considering a career in construction.”

Peter Fewings, Programme Leader for the UWE BSc on Construction Management said, “It's fantastic to see our graduates working at such a high level so early in their careers and a great endorsement for the course that the scholars did their formative training at UWE.”


Editors notes:

First awarded in 1998, the Sir Ian Dixon Scholarship is a joint initiative between the Chartered Institute of Building and worshipful Company of Constructors, designed to recognise exceptional young talent within the construction industry.

Following an agreement with a company to act as sponsorship host, the company then nominates a candidate, typically young graduate working towards CIOB membership. The scholar undertakes a 12 month study of a construction management topic of mutual interest to themselves, the host company, CIOB and the Worshipful Company of Constructors.

A written report of 8,000 – 10,000 words is then produced and a public presentation is given to an audience of construction industry representatives.

Sir Ian Dixon (1938-2001)

Sir Ian was president of the CIOB and went on to become chairman of both the Construction Industry Council and the Construction Industry Board. He was awarded the CBE for political services in 1991 and was knighted in 1996 for services to construction.

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