Dr Hannah Wood presenting the paper

Women in construction – modern day challenges

In August Dr Hannah Wood presented at the International Council For Research and Innovation in Construction: Coping with the Complexity of Safety, Health, and Wellbeing in Construction conference, in Salvador, Brazil.  The conference was attended by academics and industry professional from all over the world.

The paper presented was a continuation of work undertaken by MSc Project Management for Construction student (now graduate) , Jodie Collison, and was co-written by supervisors Dr Emmanuel Aboagye-Nimo, Dr Kevin Wyche and Dr Hannah Wood.

The paper focused on the huge potential for women to work as construction professionals, which would help with the skills gap the industry currently faces.  However, in discussion with women currently working in industry, it is clear there are a number of factors that both deter women from joining the industry in the first place as a career choice, or lead to women leaving the industry before progressing to more senior roles.

The paper presented a number of recommendations to improve recruitment, retention and progression of female construction professionals, with particular emphasis on flexibility and support around career breaks and caring responsibilities.  This would not only benefit women in construction, but everyone in the industry.

The full paper can be read here: http://www.ufrgs.br/cib-brazil2018/JointCIBW099andTG592018_v3.pdf

Dr Hannah Wood presenting the paper

Dr Hannah Wood presenting the paper

School BBQ

Take a well earned break from end of semester revision and join us for some fun outdoor games, a BBQ and a some drinks on Friday 19 May. Open to all students and staff in our school. Let Daisy Kyle in the school office know if you are coming along.
See you there!
Dr Cyprian Njue , Student Support and Guidance Tutor

Mariyana reaches for the sky

Our graduate, Mariyana Stoyanova is climbing the career ladder on what will be one of Europe’s tallest residential towers.

Mariyana has been employed as a Construction Graduate on Berkeley Group’s multi-million-pound South Quay Plaza development which includes a 20m swimming pool, spa and gymnasium, in Canary Wharf, London.

Mariyana Stoyanova

Mariyana was awarded a BA(Hons) Architecture at Brighton in 2014 and later an MSc in Construction Project Management and is now on Berkeley’s Graduate Scheme. So far she has worked in Sales and Marketing, Customer Services, Operations and Finance.

She said: “I had always thought I wanted to be an architect – it was my childhood dream – but during my degree I realised I was far more interested in the construction process itself, in terms of how we put things together and more importantly how we manage the process.

“Construction remains a very male-dominated field. Despite that, progressively more women are being employed in the industry. There are still not many well-known female role models in the industry but this did not stop me from pursuing a career in something I am passionate about and enjoy.

“Currently, I am working towards developing my skills and knowledge of the industry further. I am confident in coaching team members and managing colleagues, however I would like to gain more knowledge and experience in managing projects in the construction industry in a disciplined and effective way. My ambitions lie in one day having gained the knowledge and skills required to manage a whole project.

“During my Architecture degree, I found myself predominantly designing residential properties despite the open briefs – this wasn’t intentional, it was just what I found most engaging and interesting. This led me to research and learn more about the industry and the more knowledge I gained, the more interested I became.

“Attending a careers fair at university is an easy and effective way of finding what employers have to offer to those leaving university. Employers tend to attend because they are looking to recruit, providing a great opportunity to secure employment prior to leaving university.”

Mariyana described her Berkeley’s job as: “Exciting, engaging and rewarding, allowing me to work with motivated, passionate and dedicated colleagues.”

And of the company’s graduate scheme, she said: “I feel like the amount of exposure, experience and knowledge I have gained during my short time at Berkeley so far will be undoubtedly very beneficial further down the line. The work I get involved in is so varied and provides numerous learning and development opportunities, which I believe will be essential for my career progression.”

Award winning paper

Congratulations to Yahya Ibraheem for winning the SEEDS 2016 Award for Contribution to the Built Environment” at the International SEEDS conference 2016 in Leeds this month.

Yahya won the award for his paper title “Integrated Façade System for office buildings in hot and arid climates: A comparative analysis”.

Yahya is studying for his PhD here at Brighton on the subject of integrated façade systems for highly to full glazed office buildings in hot and arid climates.

Well done Yahya!

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