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Shortlisting for 'Grow Your Future' website

Posted 24 February

“I am delighted that Grow Your Future has been shortlisted for this nationally recognised award, which recognises the positive impact this project is having on raising awareness of the profession, both to the wider audience and those from a disadvantaged background."

Andrew Black with group of first year students holding sign for 'Grow Your Future'

A project pioneered by a Harper Adams University senior lecturer and the Higher Horizons+ team based on the university’s campus has been shortlisted for a RICS Social Impact Award in the Education category.

Grow Your Future is a website, aimed to encourage young people to consider a career as a rural practice chartered surveyor was Senior Lecturer Andrew Black’s idea.

The website hosts information about what’s involved to become a chartered surveyor, video case studies, a valuation game and an interactive map to showcase what people are doing and where.

The role of a rural chartered surveyor is incredibly diverse with surveyors giving advice to people that own or rent land, as well as those wanting to take access to land and property; such as companies who manage utilities and infrastructures including electricity, water and gas transmission equipment.

On the news of being shortlisted, Andrew said: “I am delighted that Grow Your Future has been shortlisted for this nationally recognised award, which recognises the positive impact this project is having on raising awareness of the profession, both to the wider audience and those from a disadvantaged background.

“The website is a way to promote the message and explain the variety of the work we get involved in on a day-to-day basis. The project has captured many voices and stories from practicing surveyors and has turned these into bright and interesting videos, case studies and even a 3D game which helps to reinforce the message that surveying is a fascinating and practical career.

“The profession is desperate for new people as there’s so much work out there, from new roads to new gas mains, from old electricity routes requiring removal to new connections for new power stations. All of these projects need rural specialists, and chartered surveyors are leading the way.

“The only way we can supply this new talent is by promoting what we offer as a university to a much wider and more diverse audience, in particular those who, before this website, would never have heard of this career. I’m extremely passionate about this and look forward to welcoming new talent to start on their journeys to a highly-rewarding and bright future in rural surveying.”

The project has been shortlisted at the Midlands level of the inaugural RICS Social Impact Awards which describe themselves as: “the only nationally recognised awards programme that show the impact our built environment has on people’s lives. They highlight excellence at a regional and national level, identifying the projects making a positive difference and we congratulate you on your success.”

If you’d be interested in learning more about Harper Adams University’s course offering in this area, visit the course pages and also have a look at our upcoming Open Day.
The next stage of the competition sees judges for the awards visit the Harper Adams University later this month. Following this, the winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony on April 30 at Chateau Impney Hotel and Exhibition Centre, Droitwich Spa.

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