The deadline for entries for the upcoming Irish Independent Property Industry Excellence Awards is fast approaching now, with entries due in by July 31.
The proceeds from the awards process will go to fund a doctorate in property research at DIT. DIT Kevin Street's Tom Dunne is on the judging panel, and having practiced for a decade as a chartered surveyor before a 30 year career as a lecturer. Now head of the School of Surveying and Construction Management at DIT Bolton Street, he is well placed to comment on the importance of the awards themselves and the doctorate.
The awards will benefit and highlight good practice in the property industry and help the public understanding of the sector. It has been quite badly affected in the years since the crash, and its reputation was very badly damaged in part by the conduct of a small number of people.
"These awards are a statement of the excellence that exists in the sector overall, and you don't often hear that story in the years since the downturn.
"Since 2008 there has been a lot of negative coverage attached to the industry, perhaps to too great an extent.
"At the end of the day the country needs a property sector to provide shelter and accommodation and everything else, and these awards will emphasise the positive role the sector can play in society," he added.
The proceeds from the awards will be ploughed back into the industry, through the Irish Independent Proeprty Doctorate.
Mr Dunne believes the doctorate could have a huge role in the future of the industry.
"Property and construction is not traditionally an industry led business, unlike pharma for example.
"The doctorate will only add to the evidence based research needed in the sector at present," added.