What is the Future Planners Bursary
The Future Planners Bursary was launched in 2015 to increase the pipeline of planners graduating, and subsequently working, in the UK and Ireland.
I think the bursary is seen as an accolade by potential employers. When interviewing for a summer internship the bursary was definitely seen as a positive and I was pleased to secure the internship that I hoped for.
How does it work
Universities with accredited postgraduate planning programmes offered up to two bursaries to award to high quality applicants who met the eligibility criteria.
Who was awarded a bursary
Luke Wymer is studying on the two year Master of Regional and Urban Planning at University College Dublin. One of the other benefits Luke found from having a bursary was that it gave him positive motivation throughout the course which helped him to achieve excellent results on his programme.
Why did you choose to study planning
One of the reasons that Luke chose to study planning was to gain a professional qualification in a field that takes in numerous areas of study. Luke particularly liked the fact that planning allows for specialisation and leads to a good career. As a RTPI student member Luke has been attending some of the RTPI events in Ireland which he found enjoyable as it gave him an opportunity to meet people in the profession.
What will you be doing after graduation
As a student on a 2-year masters programme Luke has undertaken internships over the summer holiday period. After the completion of the second year Luke intends to work towards becoming a Chartered Town Planner.