David Bucknall Scholarship

What do I have to do?

Here's one we filmed earlier

If you need some inspiration for your video, see this example from one of RLB's current graduates.

Simply produce a short video (one to three minutes long) about something in the built environment.

‘The built environment’ means things that have been built and the components that go into their construction – for example a house, a motorway bridge or the way that buildings are lit or heated. The choice is yours!

You’ll need to include your subject matter in the film and we would like to see you on camera too.

We want to know:

Why did you choose it?


What’s good or bad about it?


If someone was going to build something similar, what lessons could they learn from it?


And anything else that you find interesting about it.

The deadline for submitting your video is midnight on the 23 March 2018.
Hints and tips for creating your video...
  • Think about what you want to say before you pick up your camera and remember that you’re telling a story.
  • Be critical, passionate and reasoned but, most important of all, be yourself!
  • Don’t worry about trying to create a masterpiece – we’re more interested in what you have to say than in how the video looks but do make sure the room is well-lit and the audio is decent quality.
  • You can use almost any media device to film your video – for example smart phones, tablets, digital cameras – as most video formats can be played back on any device.
  • There are lots of free editing software apps for mobile devices, PCs and Macs (like Windows Movie Maker, iMovie for Mac) so you can tweak your video footage to suit your message.
  • Film your video in landscape format so that it’s the right way up when we watch it.
  • Keep your video file size under 2Gb to make it easy to transfer it to us.
  • Upload your video via wi-fi to protect your data allowance if you decide to use a mobile device.
  • Have fun with it and be creative but remember what the judges will be looking for!
How to upload your video...
  1. Go to www.wetransfer.com
  2. Click ‘Add a file’ to select your video and then click ‘Open’
  3. Click ‘Friend’s email’ and enter this email address - djbscholarship@uk.rlb.com
  4. Then type in your email address
  5. Important: Please write your full name, school name and a contact telephone number in the ‘Message’ box so that we know who the video is from. If we don’t know who you are then we can’t assess your application for the scholarship.
  6. Check everything!
  7. Then click ‘Transfer’ to send us your video. That’s it.

More help using WeTransfer

What happens next...

It should only take a matter of minutes for your video to be uploaded and you will receive a confirmation email from WeTransfer when this has been done. If you do not receive a confirmation email within 24 hours please contact us by email at djbscholarship@uk.rlb.com to discuss an alternative way of sending us your video.

However, the process should work provided your file is less than 2Gb in size and you will then receive another email from WeTransfer to say that we have downloaded your file. If you don’t receive this second email confirmation within five working days then please contact us by email at djbscholarship@uk.rlb.com so we can look into it.

If the judges like your video, you will be invited to meet them for an informal face-to-face interview. They will want to find out more about you as a person and to discuss your reasons for wanting to go to university.

The interview isn't anything to be scared about – the judges will be friendly and it's your big chance to impress them!

Have you got what it takes?

You will not only need to impress the judges with your video submission to win this award. You will also need to commit to hard work throughout the course of your degree studies so that you pass all of your assessments.

Specifically you must:

  • Maintain high attendance at all lectures, tutorials and other learning events
  • Pass all required assessments to attain your degree
  • Allow the members of The David Bucknall Scholarship Board to see your grades and attendance records
  • Agree to become a Student Ambassador to promote your course, Faculty and University to other students – it’s a great way to gain invaluable life-skills, plus you’ll get paid!

David Bucknall Scholarship Conditions 2018

Iman Farah Mohamed

Iman Farah Mohamed

Iman Farah Mohamed from Moseley School and Sixth Form was awarded the David Bucknall Scholarship in 2016 and is studying a three year BSc in Quantity Surveying.

Ann Bentley, global chair of Rider Levett Bucknall, said: "Iman’s video submission caught our attention immediately.  She was so passionate in her presentation of the two buildings at Moseley School and obviously has a keen idea for detail and enthusiasm for the built environment.  We look forward to helping her to pursue a successful career.”


Monique Hall-Smith

RLB scholarship 2017

Monique Hall-Smith from Birmingham Metropolitan College was awarded the David Bucknall Scholarship in 2017 and chose to study a three year BSc in Real Estate.

Adam Ellis-Morgan, RLB managing partner, said: “We were impressed by all of the students who applied for the scheme this year but Monique stood out for the strength of her focus on a career in property. She has a clear vision of what she would like to achieve which David Bucknall would have applauded and we look forward to working with and supporting her as she progresses through her degree course.”


More information about a career in property and construction.