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UEL student awarded Queen Elizabeth II prize for construction

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Industry recognition is a big help when entering the jobs market

The outstanding achievements and future potential of a University of East London (UEL) student have been recognised by the Chartered Institute of Builders (CIOB). 

David Matthew Julien, who has just completed his BSc Construction Management, won the CIOB’s Queen Elizabeth II Award. He receives £500 in prize money and an official CIOB certificate that will be presented to him at his graduation ceremony in November. 

“I feel overwhelmed, not only to have been considered, but to achieve such a prestigious award,” said David. 

He was nominated by his lecturer, Dr Sohrab Donyavi, and other members of staff.

“David is one of our outstanding students, and he’s achieved a first in his degree, which is excellent,” said Dr Donyavi. 

“David’s strong motivation and ambition to develop his career and his passion to learn made him a stand-out candidate.” 

As well as taking on extra responsibilities at UEL, such as being a course rep for his fellow students, and assuming project management roles for group projects as part of his degree, he also took advantage of the many other opportunities provided by UEL. 

David said, “In my second year I signed up to the mentoring scheme with the careers service, which gave me the chance to get lots of professional and networking advice from my Bank of England mentor. It made a lot of difference.” 

David, 46, applied to UEL as a mature student, having spent ten years working on construction sites. He completed a foundation degree, which included a work placement as an assistant site engineer working on the Crossrail project. 

He said, “The added status and professional body recognition I’ve been given thanks to this award means I can show employers I’ve got recognised employment skills, and it’ll help towards chartered status as a member of CIOB in the future.”