Housing student honoured with national award

Charlotte Hope
Charlotte Hope

A HOUSING student has clinched a national award for her excellent results.

Charlotte Hope, a higher education student, won the prestigious award from the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH).

The 29-year-old, who lives in Hartlepool, is currently employed by The Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust and studies part-time at New College Durham.

She recently completed her foundation degree and is now studying a top up degree in BA (Hons) Management.

Charlotte said: “I was delighted to hear that I had won the Chartered Institute of Housing Partnership Prize.

“I was unaware that there was a prize to be won so that added to the surprise even more.

“It was a lovely acknowledgement of my efforts and the hard work and support of the lecturers, which were critical in my success.”

Charlotte was presented with the award at New College Durham’s graduation ceremony.

The Foundation Degree in Housing and Communities is one of the college’s new qualifications since gaining Foundation Degree Awarding Powers in 2011 and was the first college in the country to have students complete a self-validated course.

John Widdowson, principal and chief executive of New College Durham, said: “We were thrilled to celebrate the success of our higher education students at our recent graduation ceremony.

“We are exceptionally proud that Charlotte has been recognised for her outstanding achievements and we wish her all the best for the future.”

The Foundation Degree in Housing and Communities is a two-year programme and is studied on a day release basis.

It is aimed at those working in a housing organisation who would like to progress their career. Students completing this qualification also become full chartered members of the Chartered Institute of Housing.

For more information about any courses at New College Durham go along to the next information and advice event on Tuesday, February 3 February or visit www.newcollegedurham.ac.uk