Winner at RTPI Planning Awards 2011

Dr Jon Anderson has won the Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning for the project Integrating Student-led Film into Assessment: Enhancing Planning Through Qualitative Methods.
Introduced into the Practising Geographical Research module of the BSc City and Regional Planning course, the project harnessed students' awareness of film as a popular knowledge medium and broadened their capacity to gather useful evidence on communities' sense of place. The students were asked to "drift" across Cardiff in order to capture "different kinds of experience in place and different kinds of understanding of the world". They were then required to edit the films and broadcast then to fellow students and the public via a website that received 2,800 hits in its first eight weeks.

Judges Comments:
The initiative enhanced the teaching and learning experience by helping students to "diversify and democratise" their spatial understanding, as well as building their practical ability to engage and consult with communities. Dr Anderson has shown how using film and social media can make a difference to how students learn. There is a strong pedagogical and practical base for this work as students use media to appreciate the meanings and identities that citizens attach to space in our cities.

Also a finalist in this category was Dr Andrea Frank for Teaching Community Involvement: Learning by Doing. This project-based module involving external clients was recognised for its innovation and creativity in involving the community in design exercises.

Graduate student Rebecca Frost was a finalist for the Award for Outstanding Student Achievement for her design-based project on Edinburgh Old Town and former student Simon Coop of planning consultancy NLP (Cardiff office) received  a "high commendation" for the Young Planner of the Year Award for his leadership in NLP's development of "HEadROOM", a technique for evaluating future housing requirements and putting together responses to government planning reforms.

The School has previously had success with both its students and staff and was winner of the 2009 Award for Excellence in Planning Education with the module Sustainability in Practice.