Published: 5 January 2007 at 10:45
Anglia Ruskin environmental planning student Shelley Blackaby is celebrating her recent win of a prestigious postgraduate student sponsorship competition.
Sponsors IDOX plc, owners and operators of the UKPlanning Managed Service, launched the competition to select an outstanding student from a RTPI (Royal Town Planning Institute) accredited course. The prize, one year’s membership of the IDOX information service and £4000 towards education and living costs, was awarded to Shelley who is now in the fourth year of her planning studies for her essay on public participation in the UK planning system.
The essay, entitled ‘Assess the potential of the internet as a tool to revolutionise public participation in the UK planning system’ recognises the benefits and shortfalls of using the Internet to replace traditional consultation events.
Shelley’s essay analyses the government’s proposals for e-planning and concludes that it has the potential for revolutionising the participation in planning but that it just not be at the expense of traditional methods.
Shelley (23) is studying for a post graduate Diploma in Environmental Planning, one of the two routes available to students who want to hold the much-acclaimed RTPI town planning qualification. The RTPI is a dynamic organisation leading the way in the creation of places that work now and in the future.
said IDOX Information Service Director, Tony Burton.
Said Dr Matthias Hardinghaus, Course Leader of the MSc/PGDip in Environmental Planning at Anglia Ruskin University:
Shelley is a member of the RTPI Young Planners Network which actively encourages individuals to join the planning system.
A growing number of Planning students at Anglia Ruskin University work in placements in the county, many with Essex County Council. Graduates are often recruited direct from the University as a result of this relationship.
Information about entry to the undergraduate BSc Environmental Planning pathway can be obtained from Bernard Bourdillon on 0845 196 3464 or via firstname.lastname@example.org, and for the postgraduate MSc Town Planning pathway from Ann Hockey, 0845 196 3339 or email@example.com or visit www.anglia.ac.uk