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Jones Lang LaSalle director receives honorary doctorate from Leeds Metropolitan University

Leeds, 27th July 2012 – Colin Harrop, director in Jones Lang LaSalle’s Leeds office has been awarded an honorary doctorate from Leeds Metropolitan University.
Colin, whose career as a chartered building surveyor spans over ten years, was awarded with an honorary Master of Business Administration degree from the University Faculty of AET Built Environment & Engineering in a ceremony held in Leeds on 25th July.

From 1998 to 2001, Colin was a student at Leeds Metropolitan University on the BSc (Hons) Building Surveying programme and, following his graduation, has continued to support the University.  Notably, over the last two years he has worked to create links with the property industry for students on the BSc Building Surveying and BSc Quantity Surveying programmes helping to establish work placements, guest lectures, workshops with professionals, mentoring and course development.

Colin Harrop said: “It is a huge honour to be granted this much-appreciated award. I have always really enjoyed combining the great thinking of the University with the service values of private practice. In tough times the core skills of enthusiastic and well educated professionals becomes, if anything, even more important and I’m pleased to be involved in Jones Lang LaSalle’s positive links with higher education.”

Jeff Pearey, head of Jones Lang LaSalle’s Leeds office, added: “On behalf of his colleagues and the firm, I’d like to congratulate Colin for this fantastic achievement.

“Colin has taken his position over the years as an ambassador to the University and indeed the property industry very seriously. Not only has he continued to support his former place of study, Colin also sits on the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Board of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, and is also a Yorkshire Patron and a member of the steering group for the Yorkshire Construction Sector Network.”

Colin was one of ten people from the world of business, the arts and sport to receive honorary awards as part of Leeds Metropolitan University’s 2012 graduations.