Irish Independent DIT Property Doctorate


All profits from The Property Awards go to fund The Irish Independent DIT Property Research Doctorate. A true expression of the integrity of the Awards

Pictured at the launch of the 2016 Property Excellence Awards Programme and the handing over of the cheque for €90,000 euro to fund the DIT Doctorate in Property Research which will be secured through all profits from the programme over the coming years.

Professor Brian Norton, President DIT

Professor Brian Norton,
President DIT

The Property Doctorate is a four year full-time research programme validated at Dublin Institute of Technology. Applicants were invited to forward their own research proposals. The successful candidate was Lorna Colley

On September 1st 2015 Lorna commenced her PhD through the new DIT Structured PhD Programme. Already immersed in her first year at DIT Lorna has undertaken key discipline specific and employability skills focused modules, and testament to her ability in her first year, Lorna has been awarded first class honours for all assessments completed so far.

Other areas of study and work completed in her first year includes reviewing academic and professional literature in the area of the real estate landscape in Ireland.

Lorna’s key focus in her examination of the real estate landscape in Ireland is as follows:

  • Legal context in an Irish context of real estate.
  • Structure of the real estate profession in Ireland.
  • Conflicts of interest.
  • How conflicts of interest can impact on valuations.

The next stage of her research will involve a literature review, and a research focus on the views of Irish Valuers.

The team at the Irish Property Industry Excellence Awards wish Lorna continued success and thank her for her invaluable contribution to the PhD Doctorate with DIT, and of course a very warm thank you to Professor Brian Norton of DIT for his input, support and guidance to Lorna throughout.