Recipients of a bursary designed to widen access to the planning profession have today been announced. The four undergraduate students – Sarah, Elina, Mark and Brittany – who come from across England, will receive £2,000 each to support them to study planning.
Sarah Bannister said:
“I am really pleased to have received the bursary and excited to use the money towards taking an Environmental Planning and Design module at university. Studying planning is exciting as it touches on many areas of our day to day life. Knowing that you could potentially improve a community or improve someone’s quality of life through good planning is rewarding.”
Elina Mieme said
“As a first-year student, I am becoming familiar with the main ideas and concept of planning and this has led me to change my perception of the space around me. The RTPI bursary has given me an additional boost and motivation to pursue planning, be more active in my community, and, with no doubt, it will help me in the future to find better job opportunities.”
Studying planning is exciting as it touches on many areas of our day to day life. Knowing that you could potentially improve a community or improve someone’s quality of life through good planning is rewarding.
Mark Boyd said:
“Studying Urban Studies and Planning is not only equipping me with the skills to pursue a career in the planning world, but it has also changed the way that I view cities and, most importantly, people. Learning to understand the various synergies between planning and other disciplines has increased my awareness of how planning shapes the way we live and, as a result, I feel like a more well-rounded individual, both professionally and personally.”
Brittany Hirst said:
“Planning is an industry that provides the opportunity to influence society worldwide. As I am currently about to embark on a 6 month study period in Brisbane, Australia, receiving the RTPI Trust Bursary will contribute towards furthering my knowledge of Planning on an international scale and will aid the advancement of my future career.”
About the RTPI Trust Bursary
The RTPI Trust Bursary was set up in 2016 to help high-achieving students from diverse backgrounds or living with a disability to access planning as the first step towards Chartered membership. Nominations for the bursary are provided by all eligible RTPI-accredited planning schools in the UK and Ireland. Recipients are selected by an external panel of independent judges based on their performance of a planning related task.