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Chantelle Culley, alumna, Housing and Regeneration

Chantelle Culley-Case Study Housing

Chantelle Culley knew from an early age that she wanted a career in housing and regeneration, which led her to London South Bank University

It was Chantelle's experiences while travelling that helped to give her a clear direction. “I visited developing countries across the world, and saw how important housing was to people,” she says. “It’s such a basic need, but it’s also crucial for economic growth, so that helped me to focus my mind on studying a degree in Housing and Regeneration.”

Obvious choice

Her decision made, LSBU became an obvious choice for Chantelle, thanks to our superb London location and the specialised nature of our BA (Hons) Housing and Regeneration degree. “The university’s housing and planning degrees have an excellent reputation,” she says.

Well structured lectures

It’s a decision that Chantelle is delighted she made. “The lectures were really well structured, with the learning outcomes clear and each module was very well delivered,” she says. “I loved the flexibility in choosing what to study as part of my dissertation too – I decided to look at rogue landlords.”

Friendly lecturers

Throughout her studies, Chantelle felt well supported, and found that the resources at her disposal meant she could concentrate on fulfilling her potential. “The lecturers were so personable and friendly,” she says. “I felt as if they really cared about me and my degree. The library and resource centre were vital for my course, and helped me successfully complete my studies.”

Field visits

As part of her degree, Chantelle took part in field visits to Amsterdam, Sweden and Birmingham. “It gave me the chance to experience planning and the impacts of housing in different environments, and helped to bring the course to life,” she says. “The Birmingham field trip helped to educate me about the history of housing in the UK as well.”

Work experience

Another important element of Chantelle’s studies was the chance to gain work experience, which ultimately helped her to start her career. “Working in Housing Associations gave me great experience,” she says, “and I also began volunteering at Peabody –that’s how I got into the profession.”

Permanent role

After volunteering at Peabody – a London Housing Association – Chantelle was offered the chance to interview for a permanent role when one became available. “Everything I had studied on my degree proved useful in that interview,” she says. “I was able to talk about housing confidently, and I could demonstrate that I really knew what I was talking about. “

Academic underpinning

Since starting at Peabody, Chantelle’s solid academic underpinning has helped her to develop her career, and she has since been promoted to Assistant Project Manager. “I like the responsibility that the position holds,” she says. “It’s a very diverse role, and the great thing is I get to see projects through from start to finish. It means I can really influence the outcomes and the way the project develops. I like to see how my work benefits the organisation from a wider perspective.”

Ask questions

Chantelle has always hoped to work on a landmark London development scheme for Peabody, and that dream has been fulfilled as she's working on Vista, in partnership with Berkeley group. She encourages those who want to follow in her footsteps to make the most of studying at a university like LSBU. “Ask as many questions as you can,” she says. “There’s no such thing as a stupid question, and everyone at LSBU wants you to succeed.”

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