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Graduate prizes 2020: Dalcour Maclaren award for Jemima Bright

Posted 20 October

“I definitely felt I was embarking on my career with Dalcour Maclaren on a high which was a welcome confidence boost!”

Jemima Bright, 24, has secured first prize in a series of awards issued by a prominent firm of Chartered Surveyors.

Dalcour Maclaren sponsored prizes for the students who achieved the top three marks in the postgraduate ‘Compensation and Utilities’ module, taken by those on postgraduate taught programmes in Rural Estate and Land Management (REALM).

Jemima, from Herefordshire, achieved her MProf qualification from Harper Adams University over the summer and was delighted to learn that she was a winner, having secured the highest assignment mark, especially having since accepted a position working for Dalcour Maclaren.

“I am thrilled to have been awarded a prize from Dalcour Maclaren for my assignment which includes both a cheque and certificate and the honour of having my name engraved on the perpetual shield at Harper Adams University. I definitely felt I was embarking on my career with Dalcour Maclaren on a high which was a welcome confidence boost!” she said.

“The assignment discussed to what extent the current compensation and compulsory purchase framework was fit for purpose. Specific focus was placed on the current compulsory purchase and compensation system before evaluating the perceived power imbalance between the state and the private individual.”

Jemima, who was raised on a potato farm, completed an undergraduate geography degree at Oxford Brookes University, before embarking upon the postgraduate route at Harper Adams, with a view to qualifying as a Rural Practice Chartered Surveyor.

“I was drawn to the structure of the MProf REALM postgraduate course with the block-based study delivery and 100% coursework. This gave me the opportunity to study a wider range of material in the year, over 12 modules including planning, rural valuation, land tenure, compensation, agriculture and forestry. Additionally, it provided me with strong foundations in specific subject areas and allowed me to tailor my studies to my own interests,.” she explained.

“I have recently begun a Graduate Rural Surveyor role with Dalcour Maclaren in their Power department in Cirencester. Although my initial induction entailed working from home in Cheltenham, the team at Dalcour have been thoroughly welcoming via their ‘one team’ approach ensuring my on-boarding process functioned as smoothly as possible.

“I look forward to developing my skills in the utilities and infrastructure sector and working towards my Assessment of Professional Competence with the aspiration of becoming a RICS Chartered Surveyor.”

Outside of her academia, Jemima is very active, having completed her Gold Duke of Edinburgh expedition in the Atlas Mountains, Morocco, and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to fundraise for Hereford Hospital. She also regularly participates in half marathons.

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