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New £180k bursary will support more black and minority ethnic students to work in property sector

Chancerygate Foundation has announced a new £180,000 bursary programme to enable more black and minority ethnic students to study at London South Bank University (LSBU) and build careers in the UK property industry.

The programme will support students who are black and minority ethnic to study RICS-accredited chartered surveying courses at LSBU over their three-year course from October 2021. The programme will support six students with £10,000 a year for their living expenses in LSBU courses which lead to Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) accreditation. The programme supports LSBU’s work with the Bridge Group on increasing diversity in the UK’s property industry.

Only 1.6 per cent of RICS professionals in the UK are from black or ethnic minority backgrounds (RICS 2020).

The not-for-profit Chancerygate Foundation was established in 2020 to create an inclusive and diverse UK real estate sector where people from disadvantaged black and minority ethnic backgrounds can succeed. The Chancerygate Foundation offers bursaries to qualifying students, allowing them to access RICS-accredited courses.

Amanda Walker, a Director of the Chancerygate Foundation, said: “It might seem hard to believe, but the real estate sector is actually less diverse than the House of Commons. There’s a report recently published by the Bridge Group that makes for sobering reading. The perception is that real estate is a world where it’s still very much about who you know, and the evidence backs that up. That’s exactly what we are hoping to tackle through the work of the Chancerygate Foundation. We want to inspire people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds who would not have considered a career in this sector – and to encourage them to believe that it’s possible.” 

Professor George Ofori, Dean of The Built Environment and Architecture school at LSBU, said: “The £180,000 bursary from Chancerygate Foundation will make a huge difference, supporting more black and minority ethnic students to study at LSBU and gain the qualifications they need to work in chartered surveying roles in the property industry. This incredibly kind donation by Chancerygate Foundation will support LSBU’s ‘No Barriers to Brilliance programme’ which is widening opportunities for our students and will increase diversity in the UK’s property industry.”  

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