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RTPI to review education policy

13 July 2016

The RTPI is reviewing its education policy with the aim of maintaining standards and quality assurance and strengthening RTPI accreditation requirements. This will ensure the next generation of planners meets both employers’ and society’s needs with a flexible approach to education. 

The Institute through a working group of its Education & Lifelong Learning Committee has reviewed its policies on accreditation, known as the RTPI Policy Statement on Initial Planning Education

From time to time the RTPI refines its education policy to take account of the changing nature of education, emerging issues in planning and changes to the labour market. This review proposes to clarify the RTPI’s accreditation criteria so that universities know exactly how courses need to be designed and delivered to meet the Institute’s high standards.

Professor Tony Crook, CBE FAcSS FRTPI, Chair of the RTPI’s Education & Lifelong Learning Committee, said:

“In 2003 the RTPI endorsed the recommendations of its Education Commission. These were all subsequently implemented. We have since kept our education policy regularly under review to ensure it is fit for our purposes and all these reviews have confirmed the approach the Commission recommended. Our current review is a 'light touch' one where we are responding to current issues which arise from the changing professional and higher education and funding environments.”

Andrew Close MRTPI, Head of Careers, Education and Professional Development said:

“We want to hear from all members but particularly from universities, employers and Young Planners. It is important we hear from a range of stakeholders to ensure our routes to education remain up-to-date and attractive for students and future planners.”

RTPI Education Review

The consultation asks:

  • For a view on the time taken to complete accredited undergraduate courses;
  • Whether more emphasis in courses should be placed on practical planning skills for example development management;
  • How universities should ensure that the academic leadership of accredited courses involves those with the knowledge and understanding of the planning profession as well as the discipline.

The education policy review is the first part of a 'Routes to Education' project to support the pipeline of Future Planners through routes to membership.

The consultation closes at 10am Monday 3 October 2016. After that the Institute will report internally in November to consider the next steps based on the evidence provided.

Contact the education team to provide your feedback.