CIOB Student Festival

The CIOB Student Festival is a virtual two-day event for all CIOB student members worldwide. The purpose of the event is to inspire, inform and celebrate our student members.

What is the CIOB Student Festival?

The CIOB Student Festival is a two-day student event in one virtual space for all CIOB student members from across the globe. The purpose is to inspire, inform and celebrate our student members. 

First established in 2021, the CIOB Student Festival will continue to feature in the CIOB’s calendar of annual events. Student members can expect to take away meaningful messages from a diverse community of CIOB membership bodies globally at varying points of the career spectrum. This will allow student members to benefit from technical and practical insights, professional points of views and personal wisdom for future careers otherwise not accessible in one space.

The festival is themed with headliners including: 

  • Industry leaders – thoughts, opinions and wisdom from leaders in the sector
  • Global Careers – spotlight on career perspectives from global organisations in all areas of construction 
  • Learning Essentials – student takeaways from discovering dissertation tips, to LinkedIn essentials to landing your next job 
  • Tomorrow’s Leaders –hear from our early career and future leaders. Staying motivated and staying involved in CIOB  
  • Student Well-being – keep above board, looking after number one 
  • Networking – make new professional contacts, build likeminded connections from across the globe and get ahead.  

When is it?

The Student Festival 2023 ran on 8 and 9 March 2023. You can see some of the videos of our insightful sessions below.


Student Festival 2023

Keynote: In discussion with Mark Farmer

Mark Farmer is CEO of Cast Consultancy and Author of the Farmer Review

Keynote with Rick Hopper

A future unseen, designing sustainable living ecosystems through iterative ideation

Claire Atkinson: A dive into a career journey

Claire Atkinson: A dive into a career journey

Neelam Kaul: Developing your personal brand

Neelam Kaul: Developing your personal brand

Student Festival 2021/2022

Global Careers

What skills, capabilities and mindsets does the world demand of construction talent, now and in the future? By Dan Green, Ed Marlow and Hammad Chaudhry

Student Wellbeing

A focus on mental health: Connor Curran

Student Life Hacks

CIOB - A Balancing Act Between Studies, Work and Novus: James Robinson

Learning Essentials

An intro to CIOB's Tomorrow Leaders: A global community by James Sargeant, Nkanyiso Mbatha and Sophie Cox

Industry Experts & Inspirations

In Discussion with Mark Beard, CIOB President: first virtual president in the organisation's 117-year history

CIOB Student Festival Blogs

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In the Limelight: The CIOB Student Festival April 2021

CIOB’s very first Student Festival is being delivered on the 7 and 8 April 2021. We are so excited to be launching a virtual festival designed to celebrate, inspire and inform our student members across the globe.


Celebrating our Student Community

We hosted our very first virtual CIOB Student Festival on the 7-8 April 2021. The aim of the event was to bring together all our student members from across the world to inspire, inform and celebrate this strong membership community.

Thank you very much CIOB! It was a really inspiring and interesting festival for students! 

Student member from University of Reading

Really enjoyed this. Would be great to see more time dedicated to tech next year, Nasser's talk really grabbed my imagination. 

Student member from Nottingham Trent 

The event platform was great, the presentations were smoothly delivered and the topics are of utmost relevance especially to we students. 

Student member from University of Hong Kong

I very much enjoyed this first Student Festival organised by the CIOB. Congratulations to CIOB on this initiative which has given me an insight to the future.

Student member from University of Cape town