Student builds successful career with national award
Alison Davies, a 43-year-old part-time student, completeda foundation degree in Housing Studies in 2011 alongside her work asPerformance and Service Improvement Officer for the City of YorkCouncil. She is now completing a BA (Hons) degree in Housing Studies atthe University and will be presented with her award at the CIHpresidential dinner in February.
Alison commented: "It's certainly been challenging at timestrying to juggle work pressures, university deadlines and home life. Itwas at first daunting but I can honestly say the experience has farsurpassed any expectations I had. I have developed a network ofcolleagues from other housing organisations and it has been great tolearn and share with each other. The lecturers have been fantastic andhave supported and encouraged me throughout my course. I would say toany student (young or old) don't hesitate in applying.
"As for winning the national prize I still can't quitebelieve it. I am absolutely thrilled and delighted that the CharteredInstitute of Housing have given me this award. It just makes you feelthat all the hard work has been worth it. Additionally, early last year Iwas promoted to a senior management position as Service DevelopmentManager on a secondment basis for twelve months. I am certain thatwithout the confidence I have gained in my own abilities at university Iwould not have applied for the position."
Alison's Course Leader, Dr David Haigh, added: "Alison hasbeen, and continues to be an outstanding student. She is a delightfulstudent to teach as she is able to not only think and write at a levelthat is extremely rare but has an ability to communicate with her coursemates that allows them all to reflect on how best to develop their ownpersonal and professional development needs.
"Despite having no previous degree level education, andseemingly little confidence in her abilities, Alison has grown bothacademically and personally, and is still enthusiastic about learningnew things. Her CIH National Student Prize win in 2012 is richlydeserved and the whole housing course team and her course matescongratulate her; we are all really thrilled."
Alison received a further accolade by being awarded theUniversity's Centre for Urban development and Environmental Management(CUDEM) prize for overall achievement at the end of her foundationdegree.
Leeds Metropolitan University's BA (Hons) Housing Studiesdegree and postgraduate MA Housing, Regeneration and Urban Managementdegree both run on a part-time basis and lead to corporate membership ofthe Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH). Current students attend fromregion-wide housing employers including Scarborough, North Yorkshire,Barnsley, Hull and West Yorkshire.