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Top-performing students recognised

12 October 2023

Foysal and Olivia receive their book award

Kh. M. Rifat Foysal and Oliva Hammond, who have recently completed their Transport and Planning (MSc) studies at the School of Geography and Planning, have been recognised for their outstanding academic performance.

Foysal and Olivia were confirmed as having achieved the highest marks for the taught component of the master’s programme, with Programme Director Dr Dimitris Potoglou commending both students for their hard work and commitment to the exciting field of transport and planning.

Foysal and Olivia were both gifted with a copy of Emeritus Professor Huw Williams’ award-winning book Forecasting Urban Travel Past, Present and Future. Co-authored with Professor David Boyce from the University of Illinois at Chicago, the book won the 2016 The William Alonso Memorial Prize for Innovative Work in Regional Science.

Kh. M. Rifat Foysal said: “The honour of receiving the "Forecasting Urban Travel Past, Present and Future" book in recognition of my academic achievement is both humbling and deeply gratifying. The “Student Performance Award” holds immense significance for me, symbolizing the culmination of relentless effort and unwavering dedication.

“I extend my sincere gratitude to Prof. Huw Williams, whose influential contributions to demand modelling have shaped the trajectory of my academic pursuits. His dedication to advancing the field has been an inspiration to me.”

Dr Potoglou said: “I would like to congratulate Kh. M. Rifat and Olivia for their achievements and hard work. I wish them every success in their future endeavours. I’d also like to thank Professor Williams for kindly donating a copy of his excellent, agenda-setting book to be given as a prize, and for supporting our students and their development.”