Alumni Profile - Barbara Entwistle
Country of Origin: Great Britain
Currently Residing: Darwen
Year of Graduation: 2005
Degree Subject: Construction Management
Department School Name: Built Environment
Qualification: MSc Construction Management
Job Title: Area Manager
Profession: Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building
Why did you choose to study at the University of Bolton?
Local to where I live, liked what I saw when I visited, and decided to study there. In fact I have never left, I am now a visiting guest Lecturer and I am also on their Industrial Advisory Board. I still have friends there, and I try to support their Built Environment department. I have to say, it was one of the best things I have ever done, it has created lots of opportunities for me, and I would encourage anyone who is thinking about it, just go ahead, you won’t regret it. Through my studies I have now been made a Fellow and use this has a platform to Inspire, Educate and inform the next generation coming through.
Why did you choose your course?
I was already working in Construction and I initially studied at the University for 3 years, then, did my Masters.
What was the best thing about your course?
Loved the course, enjoyed the fact there were many local students, so you could meet up and discuss your course, and also help each other. That environment suited me best. Never ever regretted and once you qualify it is the best thing, to be able to inspire the next generation, and help them on their way.
What advantages has your University of Bolton degree given you?
I was the first woman to get a Master’s Degree in Construction Management as a University, I then worked towards becoming Chartered, this I did, and submitted more work, and finally then applied for Fellowship and yet again had to submit another piece of work. Lucky for me it was accepted and I was made a Fellow 18 months ago. As there are just over 50 Females who have it in the World, I don’t think I have done bad for a girl who studied at the University of Bolton.
What advice would you give new students coming to the University to help them make the most of their time here?
Stick it out, you have times when you think you want to stop studying but this is where the Alumni can work for students. There needs to be a network of ex-students who can try and meet up for coffee or a chat to try and help them get through the course. Not all students need it, but some do, and the Alumni is perfect for supporting this opportunity. I have been mentoring for Bolton for years, and I would like to think that is has had a positive effect on the people concerned.
Were you involved in any clubs and societies as a student?
No I wasn’t
What did you enjoy most about your time at Bolton?
Just loved studying, sad but true.
How did these experiences or your time at Bolton help shape you as a person moving from being a student to a graduate of the University?
The best thing I have ever done. Set me on a good strong path that has created lots of opportunities. I am a visiting lecturer, Vice Chair of the Chartered Institute of Building and on two boards at Universities. I also try and encourage more women to take up Construction as a subject. I have also presented at Grand Designs with George Clarke who is the TV Architect. Would this have been possible if I had not studied Construction? Possibly not!
Was the first job that you took after graduation related to your degree?
I was already working when I studied.
What is your current position Can you briefly describe your career journey from your time as a student until the present day?
I work for a Scandinavian company, based in Fife, Scotland.
What has your involvement been with the University since you graduated if any?
I’m never away from the place.............................