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Joanne Mathers Memorial Award

Joanne Mathers, a Senior Planner in the Londonderry Office of the Planning Service, was murdered whilst collecting Census Forms in 1981.  Various memorials were established.  The branch, following discussions with Joanne's family, set up a Memorial Award on the basis of it being a group classroom project for Primary School children throughout Northern Ireland.

Due to changes in the school syllabus over the years, and in consultation with Joanne's family, the focus of the award has changed from Primary level to Secondary level before recently progressing to being awarded to Ulster University Planning and Property Development students.

The RTPI NI branch present this annual award to the student with the highest mark for the Research Design and Regeneration Project on the Integrated Masters (MSc i).

In 2016, following discussions with the Mathers family, it was decided to use the Joanne Mathers fund for its original purpose to support projects with Primary School pupils in conjunction with Belfast Healthy Cities.  The NI Student Project Prize has now replaced this award for Ulster University students.


The winner of the 2015 award is Jenny Russell.  Congratulations Jenny!

Past recipients


2014 Laura Morgan

2013 Alex O'Hara

2012  Keith Henry

2011  Linda McElduff