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Government helps to fund future planners scheme

26 May 2016

BursaryThe Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has contributed £36,000 to the successful student bursary fund the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) set up last year to help tackle the shortage of planners. The RTPI Future Planners Bursary fund allows students from any discipline including law, politics, geography or architecture, who decide to choose planning as a career, to apply for a £1,000 award if they are on an accredited University planning Masters course.

BrandonHousing and Planning Minister Brandon Lewis MP said: “Planning plays a vital role in shaping our environment, from protecting our architectural heritage and the countryside to providing great design for new buildings. This is why we need to keep encouraging the best talent into the planning profession.

“The RTPI bursary scheme, backed by government funding, will continue drawing top graduates to further studies into planning with a view to then joining the profession.”

Trudi Elliott, Chief Executive of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), said:

“The bursary initiative has been a fantastic success with students and a true partnership between the RTPI, universities, and the public and private sectors. We are delighted to have the support of the government and additional financial backing which will enable us to build on the achievements of the fund in its first year.”

For the academic year 2015-16, 44 Masters students, from 23 Universities in the UK and Ireland, were each awarded £1,000. 20 RTPI accredited Planning Schools have already committed to supporting the initiative in 2016-17. The new bursaries will be available to eligible Masters students starting their courses this September. With plans to expand the scheme to help encourage more planners into the profession, new sponsors are also being sought.

Mark SitchMark Sitch, Senior Partner, Barton Willmore, one of the scheme sponsors, said:

“The future and continued effectiveness of our planning profession is the responsibility of all of us operating within it.  Barton Willmore is delighted to support the RTPI’s Bursary Scheme, to assist Masters students and raise awareness of the exciting opportunities in planning for students who have a range of undergraduate degrees.  We are passionate about what good and considered town planning can achieve for those involved in the public and private sector, and we are therefore once again delighted to contribute to the promotion of this initiative”.

Sponsorship benefits

Sponsors can gain from a range of business benefits:

  • Direct CSR in supporting young people into the planning profession
  • access to graduates
  • logo recognition and promotion at RTPI student events.

Planning plays a vital role in shaping our environment, from protecting our architectural heritage and the countryside to providing great design for new buildings. This is why we need to keep encouraging the best talent into the planning profession. The RTPI bursary scheme, backed by government funding, will continue drawing top graduates to further studies into planning with a view to then joining the profession.

For further information on the scheme contact education@rtpi.org.uk

The scheme was launched in May 2015 in response to the shortage of planners in the UK, as part of a careers strategy to grow the number of students studying town planning.  The aims of the project are:

 

  • To promote planning to non-planners
  • to encourage more individuals to study planning at Masters level especially non-planning undergraduates (such as Law, Architecture or Geography)
  • to help tackle the pipeline of professionals.

The scheme was offered to all accredited planning schools in the UK and Ireland with fully accredited postgraduate degrees, and UK or EU students from any undergraduate discipline could apply via their university.