David Bucknall Scholarship

Have you applied for, or are considering applying for, a property or construction degree with us to start September 2021? This is your chance to seize a life-changing opportunity.

Applications are now open  

Apply for the David Bucknall Scholarship today and you could benefit from £11,500 towards the cost of studying for a BSc/BEng in a property or construction-related course at the School of Engineering and the Built Environment at Birmingham City University.

As well as receiving £11,500, you’ll also have the chance to get work experience, placements and guidance from Rider Levett Bucknall, one of the leading property and construction practices in the world.

What’s on offer?

If successful, you will receive the following financial and professional assistance: 

 A reduction in your tuition fees from Birmingham City University worth £3,500 over three years.

 A cash maintenance grant from the Scholarship Fund to help with your living costs worth £8,000 over three years.

 Guaranteed work experience, placements and guidance from Rider Levett Bucknall.

The award is worth a total of £11,500 over the course of three years’ study.

Who can apply?

The award is available to applicants for our property and construction courses who live in the Birmingham area.

You must be planning to study one of the following BSc/BEng degree courses at Birmingham City University starting in September 2021:

  • Architectural Technology 
  • Building Surveying
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Construction Management
  • Real Estate 
David Bucknall

 Who was David Bucknall?

David Bucknall OBE FRICS was one of Birmingham’s best known businessmen. Born in Wolverhampton, he qualified as a quantity surveyor in 1961 and went on to become a leading figure in the profession, before founding global property and construction practice Rider Levett Bucknall.

He project managed the construction of Birmingham's Symphony Hall, International Convention Centre and National Indoor Arena and set up the Birmingham Community Foundation charity which distributes grants to local grass roots projects.

David was well known for helping young people achieve their potential, which is why this Scholarship has been set up in his memory.

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 and email it to djbscholarship@uk.rlb.com for your chance to win! 

‘The Built Environment’ refers to things that have been built around us such as houses, railways, motorways, or bridges - to name a few. Send us a video of you explaining what you have picked and why for your chance to win the David Bucknall Scholarship. 

We want to know:

Why did you choose this thing in the Built Environment?


What is 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.

Submit your video now to djbscholarship@uk.rlb.com
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 video 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...

Once you have uploaded your video to WeTransfer you should receive a confirmation email from WeTransfer to say that 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.

If the judges like your video, you will be invited to meet them for an informal 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 are 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.

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.”


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