Institute's top accolade won by academic

Patsy Healey has been awarded the RTPI's Gold Medal, the profession's highest accolade, for outstanding achievement.

Healey, professor emeritus at Newcastle University's global urbanism research unit, is the first woman and only the 12th person to win the award in its 53-year history.

RTPI secretary-general Robert Upton commented: "The RTPI is delighted to present the Gold Medal to Professor Healey on the basis of her outstanding contribution to ideas, practice and education in town and country planning for more than 30 years. She is regarded as the doyenne of UK planning academics."

Her academic career stretches back to 1970, when she was a research fellow at the London School of Economics. Previous roles have included head of the school of planning and faculty dean at Oxford Brookes University and head of Newcastle University's department of town and country planning.

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