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40 bursaries co-funded through RTPI's Future Planner Bursary Scheme

03 July 2015

The RTPI launched its Future Planners Bursary Scheme less than one month ago. Since then 23 universities and ten organisations have agreed to co-fund the £1000 bursaries.

We welcome the following new sponsors to the Scheme:

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Barton Willmore

We welcome the following new universities to the Scheme:

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Thank you to these sponsors and universities partnering with the RTPI to encourage more students to study planning at Masters level.


What are our sponsors saying about the Scheme?


Joanne Farrar, Atkins said: 

“Atkins is very pleased to support the RTPI bursary scheme this year.  We are committed to making our dynamic and diverse profession an attractive career option to current and future generations.   We are also passionate about helping to provide exciting employment opportunities for the UK’s young people so we can continue to attract the best talent to the profession and help plan the communities of the future.”


Mark Sitch, Senior Partner, Barton Willmore 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 first 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 delighted to contribute to promote this.”


Nick Harrison, Director, Bilfinger GVA said:

“Education is the bedrock of social progress and economic development. By encouraging the best graduates to pursue a career in planning the profession will be better equipped to ensure sustainable economic development and a better environment.

Planning is a broad and challenging area of work that requires many different skills to balance competing demands. It also offers highly rewarding career opportunities across a wide spectrum of specialisms. As the UK economy continues to recover the opportunities for planners will become even more diverse, and competition to recruit talented graduates will only intensify.  Career prospects for new planners are now better than ever, but this needs to be highlighted if UK planning schools are to continue to attract top graduates in the face of stiff competition from other courses.

Bilfinger GVA is delighted to support the Future Planners Bursary Scheme as part of our wider commitment to nurturing talent and enhancing the reputation of the planning profession.” 


Indigo said:

“High quality graduates are fundamental to our business success.  Supporting the RTPI’s Bursary Scheme is part of our commitment to creating better town planners and attracting the best talent.”


Sue Willcox, Director, Quod said:

“Quod is pleased to support the RTPI in nurturing the next generation of talented planners. Skills and knowledge are crucial to the quality of our industry. The profession is becoming attractive to young people who recognise that it is a creative and rewarding way to make a difference to society. We hope that the bursary scheme will help to attract students from a broad academic background to enter planning, to contribute to the diversity of our profession.” 


Alex Neil MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioners’ Rights, Scottish Government, said:  

“The Scottish Government is pleased to be able to support this positive scheme.  The planning profession has much to contribute to achieving a fairer, wealthier and healthier Scotland and it is critical that today’s students are supported to become tomorrow’s planners.  We welcome the RTPI’s efforts to ensure the future vitality and diversity of the profession.”  


There is still an opportunity for universities and employers to get involved. Contact Nicola Burt.

See the full list of universities and sponsors co-funding bursaries through the RTPI Future Planners Bursary Scheme.