Two Westminster Transport Planning and Management alumni win Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation dissertation prizes
Transport and Logistics 15 December 2017
Graduates Sarah Betts (cover picture, second from the right) and Jeffrey Howard (pictured below) both won for their final Master’s dissertation work. While Sarah’s work focused on a study of the proposed workplace parking levy in Cambridge, Jeffrey’s work explored the possibility of implementing a Flat Fare Structure on the London Underground.
Sarah and Jeffrey received certificates during the graduation ceremony which took place in November and were rewarded £125 for their work. The CIHT Foundation provides grants for educational or innovative activities and projects that advance the art and science of highways and transportation.
The MSc in Transport Planning and Management at the University of Westminster is one of the approved Master’s degrees for the Transport Planning Professional qualification which provides professional recognition for transport planners at a level similar to that of Chartered Engineer.
Jeffrey Howard, who won this year’s dissertation prize, said: "I am honoured to be awarded the CIHT Foundation prize for best dissertation. The Transport Planning and Management course at the University of Westminster sparked my curiosity for how public transport, through transport fares, can affect accessibility, particularly for Londoners. The course and faculty prepared me well to critically examine the barriers to transport accessibility and develop the new fare model in my dissertation. Writing this dissertation encouraged me to further pursue a doctoral research degree at Westminster, where I am able to continue making contributions to transport research."
Sarah, who is currently Transport Engineer at one of the world's leading engineering professional services consulting firms WSP, said about her success: “I was delighted to win the CIHT Foundation Dissertation Prize, and have been overwhelmed with the response received from my colleagues. Winning this prize has helped to raise my profile within both WSP and the world of Transport Planning and has inspired me to present my dissertation topic at various transport conferences.”
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