RTPI Bulletin Board

Christmas and New Year greetings

The president, general assembly and staff of the RTPI wish you all a very happy Christmas and a peaceful and successful 2005.

RTPI Christmas Closure

The Botolph Lane office will be closed from 24 December until 3 January 2005 inclusive and will reopen at 8.30am on 4 January 2005.


This year's most talked about literary competition, bigger than the Booker Prize, has been the RTPI's challenging and bawdy - deep breath - "find a humorous interpretation for the letters comprising the acronym MRTPI" competition.

After media scandals involving judges taking jollies to exotic far flung places such as Purfleet and Scunthorpe and receiving various glittering gifts that would make even International Olympic Committee members cringe, we have a winner. Hats off to Roger Adams for his teasing intellectual melange: Magnificent Realist Trying for Perfection Incessantly.

In the runner up position was Powys Jones with Magical Remedies Through Practiced Ingenuity.

In bronze medal position was Mark Funnell with Mostly Realists Trying to Please Idealists. A special mention goes out to Stephen Coulter for attempting to define every aspect and job title relating to the planning profession. Much respect.

A prize of significant worth may or may not be winging its way to those listed above. A full list of all the competition entries can be viewed via the RTPI website at www.rtpi.org.uk.


All full-time, final-year students on RTPI-accredited planning courses are eligible for free studentship of the institute.

To apply, students need to complete form Z(F), available from planning schools or from (e-mail) kate.webster@rtpi.org.uk - please enter "free studentship form" as the subject line.

All application forms must be received by 14 January 2005 and all free students will then be enrolled by the end of January. Any applications not received by the deadline will not be processed.

Those who have already applied will also be enrolled by the end of January 2005 and do not need to contact the institute before then. Once free studentship has been granted, the term will run from January 2005 to December 2006.

Please return completed forms to: Education and Lifelong Learning Department, RTPI, 41 Botolph Lane, London EC3R 8DL.

If you have any queries about free studentship, please contact education and lifelong learning on (tel) 020 7929 9484/9481.


Minerals and waste management panel and development control panel vacancies

Both the minerals and waste management panel and the development control panel are looking for enthusiastic planners who are keen to use their expertise to join them and help develop RTPI policy in minerals and waste planning and development control. The panels meet two to three times a year in London.

Application forms and further information on the work of both panels is available from (e-mail) sarah.lewis@rtpi.org.uk - please indicate which panel you are interested in joining. The closing date for applications is 24 January 2005.


Do not forget to vote for the young planner of the year. The finalists were profiled in Planning, 10 December, p16. Voting instructions can be viewed via www.rtpi.org. uk/about-the-rtpi/awards/youngplanner.

Seminars and meetings

Regional and sub regional planning issues

24 January 2005. RTPI North West branch, St Mary's Centre, Chester.

This event provides an update on regional and sub-regional planning activities in the North West region including the latest emerging arrangements for future sub-regional planning - replacing structure plans - and the development of other forms of regional strategy-making, covering issues related to spatial planning such as regional economic development, transport and sustainable development strategies.

Cost: £85+VAT.

- Details: Beverley Watson (tel) 0161 969 3815; (e-mail) northwest@rtpi.org.uk.

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