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University of Hertfordshire becomes latest RTPI-accredited planning school

16 July 2019

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) today formally granted accreditation to the University of Hertfordshire’s Master’s degrees in Sustainable Planning.

Completion of an accredited course will allow future University of Hertfordshire graduates to progress towards chartered membership of the RTPI.

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Above (l-r): RTPI President Ian Tant with Dean of the University of Hertfordshire Richard Southern and Vice-Chancellor Quintin McKellar

RTPI President Ian Tant made the announcement during a Highways UK-hosted conference held at the University which called for more integrated strategic infrastructure planning.

Ian Tant said: “I am delighted to announce that the University of Hertfordshire has gained RTPI accreditation for its postgraduate Sustainable Planning programmes, including specialist teaching that integrates planning and transport.

“We warmly welcome the University into the RTPI family and we look forward to working with it to ensure that planners are able to develop the skills they need to create sustainable places and infrastructure, to protect the environment and to unlock development potential.”

The University of Hertfordshire – which will be appointing a Professor of Planning in the coming months – becomes the RTPI’s 33rd accredited Planning School, and the first since the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2017.

Quintin McKellar, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Hertfordshire, said: “I am delighted that the prestigious Royal Town Planning Institute has given accreditation to our Sustainable Planning Master’s degrees. The course leaders have worked incredibly hard developing course materials and creating relationships with industry in order for our students to graduate with strong career prospects.”

The University’s MSc Sustainable Planning programme for 2019/2020 consists of three courses - MSc Sustainable Planning, MSc Sustainable Planning and Environmental Management and MSc Sustainable Planning and Transport.