Under the Future Planners scheme, which will run initially with 16 universities across the UK and Ireland, students can apply for a bursary worth £1,000, co-funded by the RTPI and the participating university, and sponsored by a number of employers including Atkins, Bilfinger GVA and Quod.
The following universities have signed up to the scheme: University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University, Cardiff University, Heriot-Watt University, Leeds Beckett University, London South Bank University, Manchester University, Newcastle University, Oxford Brookes University, Plymouth University, Queen’s University Belfast, Sheffield University, Sheffield Hallam University, University College Cork, University College London, University of the West of England.
Janet Askew, president of the RTPI, said: "Planning is a multi-faceted and rewarding career. Having lectured and worked internationally, I know that British planning schools and the planners they educate are well respected around the world and held in high professional esteem".
The scheme has been welcomed by planning minister Brandon Lewis. He said: "We need to keep encouraging talent into the planning profession, which can only ever be as good as the people who work in it. I warmly welcome the RTPI’s introduction of their bursary scheme, which will draw some of the best and brightest graduates to continuing their studies into planning at master’s degree level."
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