Source; The Planner
The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has created a new fund to generate bursaries for places on accredited university planning masters courses.
The number of students studying for planning masters degrees has fluctuated in recent years, with the RTPI saying there have been reductions in both UK and EU students.
Having already provided students with free membership of the RTPI and established the future planners’ programme, the institute would like to go further.
The RTPI would like to encourage people to choose planning as a career and persuade governments across the UK of the importance of a well-resourced planning system. Therefore, the institute has created ‘The future planner bursary fund’ to generate bursaries for places on accredited university planning masters courses this year.
Trudi Elliott, RTPI chief executive commented; “To help to address the challenge of producing future chartered town planners in the numbers we need, the RTPI has created a new fund to generate bursaries for places on accredited university planning masters courses this year.
“The scheme will also be used to raise awareness of the exciting opportunities there are within the profession.”
2015 is a pilot year and the RTPI will continue to seek additional funding for future years.
For 2015, each bursary will be worth £1,000, with £750 contributed by the fund and £250 from the university. A part-time master’s student will receive the bursary in equal amounts for each year of the programme.
Students in 2015 will be eligible for a bursary if they have a first or upper second degree at undergraduate level in planning or other disciplines and demonstrate an interest in planning and a career in planning.
The partner contribution would go directly into the fund, while the establishment, management, promotion and fundraising for the scheme will be contained within existing RTPI resources.
To offer every accredited planning school in the UK and Ireland a bursary, excluding the university contribution, £20,250 will be required.
The RTPI Board of Trustees has agreed an initial contribution, which will fund 14 bursaries.
The scheme will be launched in June.