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Planning ahead – Master’s students secure bursary support

11 October 2021

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The aim of the Brian Large Bursary Fund is to enrich the supply of transport planning professionals in the United Kingdom.

Three Brian Large Bursary Fund awards have been secured by MSc Transport and Planning students at Cardiff University’s School of Geography and Planning.

The successful applicants, Aled Evans, Stephen Hughes and Matthew Dapré will each receive £8,000 and have extended the School’s successful history of helping students secure funding to fulfil their academic ambitions.

The fund was established in 1990 in tribute to Brian Large, a Director of the MVA Group.

The bursaries 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.

Upon hearing the news Aled said, “I’m delighted to be awarded the Brian Large Bursary, which will support my transport planning studies this year. The MSc Transport and Planning course is integral for me to develop relevant skills in transport policy, planning and management.”

Matthew added, “The bursary will enable me to focus on my degree and not worry about taking up a part-time job in order to finance my studies. I am excited to get underway on my course, build on my existing knowledge of transport planning and use my new skills and knowledge to secure a job in a transport planning related field.”

The MSc in Transport and Planning is one of the School’s flagship postgraduate programmes, highly respected for its research-led teaching and accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) as a 'specialist' master’s programme and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT).

Programme Director, Dr Dimitris Potoglou, said, “I offer my congratulations to Aled, Stephen and Matthew. It’s a testament to their knowledge, abilities and commitment to advance the field of transport and planning practice and scholarship.

“Their success is a welcome endorsement of the quality and rigour of our programme and for three out of the four Brian Large bursaries awarded this year to go to Cardiff University students is wonderful news.”

Rees Jeffreys Road Fund

These bursaries completed another successful year of applications as Jack Kinder, also an MSc Transport and Planning student, was awarded the Rees Jeffreys bursary in June, worth £10,000.

The Rees Jeffreys Road Fund aims are to encourage and promote better and safer roads, through design, engineering and aesthetics, leading to enhanced experience for everyone.

Jack progressed to postgraduate study after successfully completing the School’s BSc Human Geography and Planning with a Professional Placement Year.

Find out more about some of our other postgraduate planning degrees.

International Planning and Development (MSc)

Urban planning is fascinating and tackles the challenges of change and development in an urbanising world, and this course is designed to help you shape your future career in professional practice.

Spatial Planning and Development (MSc)

The MSc Spatial Planning and Development aims to put you on the road to being a good planner.

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