Harper Adams University was the obvious choice for Salopian Charlotte Mason when she decided to study BSc (Hons) Real Estate because “Harper’s Land and Property Management Department is well known for being very respectable.”
“I have always had an interest in land and property, and it’s been an area I have wanted to work within. Harper Adams is widely known throughout the industry as being the university to go to and it's only forty minutes from my doorstep.”
“After looking at the degrees the university offers, the Real Estate degree was more in line with my own personal interests, especially when it came to the balance it provides in relation to the rural and commercial side of the property industry,” says the 21-year-old from Shrewsbury.
Shropshire Young Farmer, Charlotte is part of the first cohort of Real Estate students and has found being taught by Harper graduates and industry professionals really helpful, saying it is one of the university’s biggest assets, alongside the placement year.
“I loved my placement with Whitchurch-based property consultancy firm Peter Richards & Co, I was really grateful for the help and support the team at Peter Richards provided me with throughout the 14 months I spent with them, the placement year showed me all aspect of the property and development and sector”.
“The grounding that I got from my previous years of studying. Gave me a deeper understanding of the planning and development sector providing me with a sound foundation to start my placement year’.
"I was involved in everything aspect of the work Peter and his colleague Holly conducted. They took time to make sure I understood every aspect of the work I was managing. A large proportion of the work I carried out during my placement year centred around planning and development.”
During the course of my placement year, I was able to be involved with the whole process of the planning procedure, from working alongside ecologists, writing planning statements, as well as negotiating with the council and the clients to achieve an outcome that not only is policy compliant but also fits the needs of the client” says Charlotte.
Now in her final year, Charlotte’s attention has turned to her Honours Research Project, which she hopes will be of benefit to the industry.
“I’m hoping to be researching the Community Infrastructure Levy in Shropshire and whether or not it is still fit for purpose ten years on from its implementation. It is still a working title, but I am definitely looking forward to tackling over the next year.”