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First Year University of Westminster Construction Students Win Novus Bright Futures Award

Architecture and Interiors 20 November 2014

Three first year University of Westminster construction students won the
Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) Novus Bright Futures Award for the London region. The team triumphed over six other teams from Universities across London on Wednesday 5 November at the University of Greenwich.

The University of Westminster team's achievement was all the more impressive because it consisted of First Year (Level 4) students, while the other teams consisted of Level 6 masters students. The team consisted of Roxana-Claudia Balemda (Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management), Nikolay Kosherov (Building Engineering) and Natalja Udalcova (Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management) who were recognised as the region's most promising construction managers of the future. Natalja also won the spot prize for her outstanding individual achievement during stage 1 of the competition.

"The CIOB Novus Bright Futures Challenge is a fantastic opportunity for students to test their knowledge against students from other universities and to showcase their talents in front of prospective employers. The challenge was exactly that and tested all teams with a practical real life
project, demonstrated the power of project-based learning and pushed the students to the limits of their capability.

Everyone learnt from their engagement in the challenge and to that end, all the participants were winners. However, the judges had to determine an overall winner and we were delighted that the efforts of Natalja, Nikolay and Roxana were recognised as the best of all. They are a true
credit to the University and we are immensely proud of their achievement" said senior lecturers from the Department of Property and Construction, Rob Garvey and Martin Ball.

The Chartered Institute of Building is the world's largest and most influential professional body for construction management and leadership.

The team from the University of Westminster will now participate in the final leg of the competition, representing the East of England Branch in a final showdown against the top teams from London.

About the University of Westminster:

The University of Westminster boasts a vibrant learning environment attracting more than 20,000 students from over 150 nations and we continue to invest in our future with new developments, research projects and new ideas.

We offer highly attractive practice-based courses that are independently rated as excellent, many with international recognition. Our distinguished 180-year history has meant we lead the way in many areas of research, particularly politics, media, art and design, architecture and biomedical sciences, and our position in the city of London allows us to continue to build on our close connections with leading figures and organisations in these areas as well as in the worlds of business, information technology, politics and law.

Our commitment to educating graduates for the needs of professional life attracts high quality students from within the UK and around the globe.

Internationalisation, employability and sustainability are key elements in the University of Westminster’s vision for the future and we strive to ensure the very highest standards are met and maintained.

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