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Bursaries success

22 October 2019

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Thomas Morris, Daniel Gillen, Angelique Caranzo and Ilias Geronikolos

Four postgraduate students at the School of Geography and Planning are celebrating after securing prestigious bursaries to fund their studies.

The students – Angelique Caranzo, Daniel Gillen, Ilias Geronikolos and Thomas Morris – are studying for an MSc in Transport and Planning. They commenced their studies this month after receiving notification earlier this summer that their bursary applications had been successful.

Rees Jeffreys Road Fund

Angelique, Daniel and Ilias secured £10,000 each from the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund to pursue their postgraduate studies.

The Rees Jeffreys Road Fund was established by William Rees Jeffreys, a pioneer in improving travel for road users and in developing the national road classification system, in 1950. Since his death in 1954 an endowment from his estate has provided financial support for education and research in the field of transport.

This is the second consecutive year that three students from the School have received Rees Jeffreys bursaries.

Brian Large Bursary

Thomas received one of only four bursaries awarded across the UK this year by the Brian Large Bursary Fund which was established in 1990 in tribute to Brian Large, a Director of the MVA Group (transport planning consultants).

The bursaries are intended to “enable students who have insufficient other funds to study full time without the need to take paid employment during normal university study hours”. They are awarded to continue Brian’s work supporting the professional and skills development of those in the early stages of their careers and ensure eligible students can complete their studies in the field of transport and planning.

Consistently excellent

The MSc in Transport and Planning is one of the School’s flagship postgraduate programmes. It has a long and successful history of helping incoming students secure bursaries and funding to fulfil their academic ambitions.

Programme Director, Dr Dimitris Potoglou, said: “Only eight Rees Jeffreys bursaries and four Brian Large bursaries were awarded this year, so it is quite an achievement that four of our students were successful. It demonstrates the quality of our student cohort and the regard with which our Transport and Planning programme is held.

Dimitris Potoglou

“It is always a competitive application process for bursaries of this kind and draws an exemplary field of candidates. As such I offer warm congratulations to Angelique, Daniel, Ilias and Thomas on their success. It’s wonderful to see their hard work rewarded in this way and I look forward to working with them this coming year and supporting their academic and professional development.”

Dr Dimitris Potoglou, Senior Lecturer in Transport and Applied Choice Analysis

All four of the bursary recipients are Cardiff University graduates. Angelique and Daniel both completed their undergraduate studies at the School of Geography and Planning, graduating this summer from the BSc Urban Planning and Development and BSc Human Geography programmes respectively. Ilias studied Mechanical Engineering at the School of Engineering while Thomas holds a degree in Journalism, Media and Sociology from the School of Journalism, Media and Culture.

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