I studied 'Urban Studies and Planning' at the University of Sheffield and graduated from the MPlan course in 2015. During my time at Sheffield I undertook work experience at Northampton Borough Council and furthered my academic learning by studying a semester abroad in Aalborg Universitet, Denmark as an Erasmus student on the 'MSc Urban Planning and Management' course.
Following graduation I began my planning career at the Building Design Partnership as a Graduate Planner, before progressing to Iceni Projects in June 2016 as an Assistant Planner within the Urban Mixed Use team in London. My experience to date has developed my competency as a planner through working on a diverse range of mixed use schemes including, residential, student accommodation, retail and industrial projects across England, and parts of Wales. I am currently working on major urban regeneration schemes in London and Norwich, which has broadened my experience and specific understanding of masterplanning, viability and heritage/townscape considerations.
Experience of the L-APC process:
Obtaining Chartered membership with the RTPI through the APC process is a great milestone in my on-going progression as a planner. My time in academia and professional experience has given me a competent level of understanding and professionalism, contributing to my MRTPI and reinforcing my credibility as a planner. I feel the role of a planner in society is becoming increasingly important and I am proud to be a member of an institute at the forefront of shaping the environment we live in.
L-APC Top tips:
Don't leave your Professional Development Plan (PDP) to the last minute – your PDP should be the conclusion to your submission and is an on-going reflection on how as a planner you are to improve. Agree your Actions with your line manager as they should be achievable and relevant to your progression.
Give yourself plenty of time – working full time and preparing your L-APC submission can be stressful. Agree a date of completion for your first draft with your mentor, to ensure it is finalised in time and the submission is not rushed.
Utilise your Logbook – you can save a surprising amount of room in your Practical Experience Statement and Professional Competence Statement (PCS) by including supporting text related to project experience in your log book. This afforded me extra words in my PCS to reflect on my competencies in more detail.
Reflect constantly – try to avoid being too descriptive in your PCS and reflect on your experiences throughout your submission. This will help to demonstrate your wider thinking and analysis of the process and outcome.
Please note: To stay fit for purpose, L-APC requirements do change over time. For the most up to date advice, please always refer to the L-APC Guidance on the Licentiate APC webpage. Candidate details provided here are current at time of L-APC submission in 2017.