Dr Roger Pierce

MSc Town and Country Planning
Current Job: 
Retired: Councillor, City of York Council; MPhil research part-time at University of York

Why did you choose Cardiff University as a place to study?

Proximity: I worked in Park Place.

What was the best thing about your time as a student at Cardiff?

High calibre of staff and students.

What thing or person inspired you most whilst you were a Cardiff University student?

Prof RJC Atkinson (Archaeology); Prof Dewi Prys-Thomas (Architecture); Dr Simon Holding (T&C Planning).

What one thing would you tell someone else about the School of Geography and Planning at Cardiff?

High reputation.

How did your degree most help you in the career or job you have now chosen?

Intellectual development from cross-fertilisation with students from other disciplines.

What opportunities do you feel have opened up to you as a result of being a student at the School of Geography and Planning?

A career in  private practice and local government with the opportunities to shape  policies and places.

Tell us any interesting facts about yourself, hobbies or interests that you have.

Like may planners in the 1980/90s, the cross-disciplinary training and  outlook enabled me to extend professionally into corporate planning and  corporate management. I retired early to pursue my academic interests in  politics gaining an MA and PhD (social exclusion) and becoming a lecturer and author of published textbooks.

Dr Roger Pierce PhD, BArch (Wales), MA (York), MSc (Wales), DMS, Dip MKtg, Architect RIBA (ret'd), MRTPI, CMIM (ret'd)