Iman Mohamed wins first David Bucknall Scholarship

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Iman Farah Mohamed from Sixth Form at Moseley School, has won the David Bucknall Scholarship for 2016.

The Scholarship offers financial assistance to school leavers considering a career in property and construction, and studying for a BSc in a Built Environment subject in the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment at Birmingham City University (BCU).

Iman will study a three-year BSc in Quantity Surveying. The scholarship will provide a reduction in tuition fees, a contribution towards living costs, and guaranteed work experience placements and guidance from RLB.

Uncovering the best new talent

As part of the application process, eligible students were asked to submit a short video about a building which they either really liked or disliked. They had to explain why they felt this way, and what lessons could be learnt for those looking to build something similar.

Iman chose Moseley School, and Sixth Form itself, and outlined aspects of its striking gothic- style 1850’s architecture, including gargoyles, and its connection with religion. She contrasted this to the contemporary design of the new sports centre, which opened this year, and its accessibility to the community.

A further three applicants, all looking to study for a BSc in Quantity Surveying, were acknowledged for their submissions. Qasim Dad from Lordswood Sixth Form was offered a guaranteed work placement with RLB and a reduction in fees. Matt Raybould from Barr Beacon School, and Hashim Mohamed from North Birmingham Academy were also awarded a reduction in fees.

Commenting on her success Iman said, ‘I am so delighted and excited! I am passionate about the built environment, and the David Bucknall scholarship assistance will make so much difference to me. I intend to work really hard and take full advantage of the support being provided.’

In memory of David Bucknall OBE

This is the first year of the scholarship, which was created in memory of David Bucknall OBE, founder of Rider Levett Bucknall.

Born in Wolverhampton, David project managed the construction of Birmingham’s Symphony Hall, International Convention Centre and National Indoor Arena. He also set up the Birmingham Community Foundation charity, which distributed grants to local grassroots projects.

He went on to become a national figure and leader in the property and construction sector.

David was well known for helping young people achieve their potential, which is why this scholarship has been set up in his memory.

A successful career

Ann Bentley, Global Chair of RLB, and a trustee of the David Bucknall Scholarship fund added, ‘Iman’s video submission caught our attention immediately. She was so passionate in her presentation of the two buildings at Moseley School, and obviously has a keen eye for detail, and enthusiasm for the built environment. We look forward to helping her to pursue a successful career.’

Sir Bernard Zissman, speaking on behalf of those who supported the scholarship, said how pleased they felt that David’s contribution to the industry, and Birmingham, would be remembered in such a positive way.

Moya Bucknall, widow of David Bucknall remarked, ‘David would be jumping for joy that the scholarship is now a reality and that Iman and Qasim are going to be supported in such an amazing way. They have both shown their passion for the built environment, and we wish them every possible success in their future studies and of course, much enjoyment in their chosen careers.’

Simon Handley, Associate Dean in the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment at Birmingham City University said, ‘We are delighted that we will be welcoming Iman through our doors in September after being so impressed with the quality of her submission.’

He added, ‘Having already proven herself to have an adept eye for the built environment, she has all the tools to go and have a successful career in the industry. We hope the university helps her to make the next step in her journey.’

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