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Inspectorate helps to fund RTPI bursaries

Words: Laura Edgar

The Planning Inspectorate has contributed £5,500 to two student bursary schemes the RTPI has set up to help tackle the shortage of planners.

The money from the inspectorate will go towards the Future Planners Bursary and the Trust Bursary.

Launched in 2015, the RTPI Future Planners Bursary fund allows students in a number of disciplines, including law, politics, geography or architecture, who decide to choose planning as a career to apply for a £1,000 award. The award applies if they enrol on an accredited university master’s course in town planning.

The Trust Bursary was launched earlier this year and is available to eligible students to promote diversity and accessibility of the profession.

The RTPI said more than 90 students will have been supported across 2015-16 and 2016-17 with its bursaries. Twenty-five RTPI-accredited planning schools are supporting the initiatives in 2016-17.

Sarah Richards, chief executive at the Planning Inspectorate, said: “Planning plays a vital role in shaping our environment, from protecting our architectural heritage and the countryside to providing great design for new buildings. This is why we need to keep encouraging the best talent into the planning profession.”

Trudi Elliott, chief executive at the RTPI, said the support of the Planning Inspectorate will give the institute additional financial backing that will help it to build on the scheme’s achievements.

Current sponsors of the bursaries include the Department for Communities and Local Government, Barton Wilmore, the RTPI Trust, RTPI regions, past presidents and other members of the institute.

More information on the bursaries can be found here.

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