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Brighton-based academic wins planning leaders award

13 November 2012

University of Brighton-based academic, Dr Samer Bagaeen, scooped the prestigious South East Planning Leaders Award earlier this month (1 November), at a ceremony presided over by former President of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), Richard Summers.

Pictured right: Richard Summers (left) presents the award to Dr Sameer Bagaeen.

SE Leaders Awards _croppedThe RTPI is the largest body of professional planners in Europe, representing 23,000 members.

The Planners Leaders Awards celebrate the success of planners who are leading the profession in creating great places to live and work, and are open to RTPI members who can demonstrate outstanding leadership in planning. There is just one award for each region.

Richard Summers, who presented the award, congratulated Dr Bagaeen: "RTPI-accredited Planning Schools are internationally recognised for their excellence and Dr Bagaeen has been instrumental  in setting up and securing accreditation for the University of Brighton's Planning School.  He has also made a significant contribution to research for town and country planning. The judging panel thought Dr Bagaeen's entry was excellent and was very impressed by his leadership achievements."

Dr Bagaeen said: "I am delighted and honoured to have been personally acknowledged by the RTPI and the South East Region in this way. In under five years, the Brighton Planning School has evolved from a regional to an international planning school with staff researching across Europe and lecturing in Peru, France, Romania and Turkey."

 Dr Samer Bagaeen has a long-established track record that commands confidence in academic research and teaching, in planning policy and practice, in careers and skills development and in leadership positions in small and large organisations including community and voluntary groups. He leads the delivery of the Master of Science in Town Planning at the University of Brighton Planning School which has dual accreditation from the RTPI and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

His achievements include:

  • Setting up and leading the University of Brighton Planning School (since 2008) and developing professional and community partnerships to develop the delivery of specialist studies in coastal planning and regeneration and the delivery of CPD. 
  • Securing provisional accreditation for the School from the RTPI in July 2009 and full accreditation in February 2011 backdated to include the first cohort. 
  • Securing full accreditation for the School from RICS. 
  • Hosting at the School of Planning several RTPI South East life-long learning events on rural, coastal and marine planning 
  • Hosting in April 2012 the UK-Ireland Planning Research Conference which was attended by the RTPI President Colin Haylock, the Chief Planner Steve Quartermain, the National Director of RTPI Cymru Roisin Willmott (who oversees the RTPI's research activities) and 110 practitioners and academics from all of the UK nations and Europe.