Posted 7 March
“It feels amazing to know that your lecturers have faith in you and your ability to represent Harper! It was an honour and a privilege to represent Harper, and I can only hope I did us justice."
An undergraduate student has been nominated as a finalist for the Women in Property National Student Awards Programme 2023.
As part of her preparation for the programme final year BSc (Hons) Rural Property Management student, Liv Addison-Carter, faced a busy few weeks preparing for the West Midlands judging panel, hosted at Pinsent Masons in Birmingham.
Liv said: “On the day I was nervous, not being from an urban area its always intimidating to have to go, especially on your own. I was well prepared, poring over every edition if the Farmer's Guardian and Savills Covid property reports to make sure I was well versed on current affairs surrounding property, especially rural property as that is my area of expertise.
“It was also my first time presenting to a boardroom, which was an exciting challenge. The panel were extremely friendly and made me feel really comfortable.
“They were all front runners in their industries, working as architects, engineers and consultants, but they genuinely seemed interested in what I had to say and they seemed refreshed by my rural outlook.”
The interview process consisted of each nominee giving a presentation followed by questions.
Liv added: “My presentation was my first-year construction assignment, the first Grade A I had achieved at Harper and a piece of work I am hugely proud of. It was to design, including hand drawn technical drawings, a new farm managers house on the Harper Estate, incorporating an understanding of sustainable technologies.
“I then took five questions, one from each of the panel, and these questions were hugely broad, allowing anyone from any background or specialty. The panel were friendly and polite, while giving nothing away as they noted my responses.”
The winner of the regional final will be announced at an awards event in the coming months.
Liv added: “It feels amazing to know that your lecturers have faith in you and your ability to represent Harper! It was an honour and a privilege to represent Harper, and I can only hope I did us justice.
“As well as being proud to be nominated, I was excited by the incredible networking opportunity I had been given. The aim of the award is to connect young and established professionals and to create an ever-larger professional network, as well as celebrate women, especially young women, in a continually male-dominated sector. As a farmer, this isn't my first rodeo when it comes to women in the workplace, so I felt prepared for the challenge.”
You can read more about where Liv’s passion for agriculture and property began in this article.