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First year Designing Cities student awarded Royal Town Planning Institute grant

Planning, Housing and Urban Design 5 June 2018

Elina Mieme

Elina Mieme, studying the Designing Cities BA Honours course at the University of Westminster, has just received a £2,000 grant from the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) undergraduate bursary programme.

The RTPI Trust Bursary is designed to promote and support diversity within, and widen access to, the planning profession. The bursary of £2,000 recognises undergraduate student excellence among students currently studying on an accredited planning programme.

Student Elina Mieme submitted a video on the topic of urban health and wellbeing, one of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals which was selected for this year’s competition. In her video, Elina explained how she would like to see the planning profession address this goal in the future.

Talking about her success, Elina said: “I was very pleased to receive the good news. The RTPI bursary has given me an additional boost and motivation to pursue planning, be more active in my community, and, with no doubt, it will help me to find better job opportunities in the future.”

The Designing Cities BA Honours course, teaching a wide range of skills related to urban design, is accredited by the RTPI.

Giulio Verdini, Course Leader of the Designing Cities BA Honours course, said about this success: “This is fantastic news for Designing Cities. After only two years since the course started, one of our best students has just received a competitive grant from RTPI.

“The video she submitted is on the topic of urban health and wellbeing, which is very high in the United Nations Agenda of Sustainable Development Goals. It is also at the core of our teaching approach to sustainable cities. This is a milestone achievement for us, witnessing the quality of our students teaching staff.”

Find out more about the Designing Cities BA Honours course offered at the University of Westminster.

Find out more about the RTPI Trust Bursary.


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