New Urban Design and Place Shaping course launched by Anglia Ruskin University and Regional Cities East

Published: 8 February 2010 at 10:39

Anglia Ruskin University has today launched a new Urban Design course developed in partnership with Regional Cities East (RCE).

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Anglia Ruskin University has today launched a new Urban Design course developed in partnership with Regional Cities East (RCE).

This new one year Graduate Certificate in Urban Design and Place Shaping has been developed to help people in public, private and third sector organisations improve their ability to understand, design and deliver great places.

Daniel Durrant, Capacity for Urban Renaissance East Manager at RCE, said:

“The planning sector now recognises it needs to deliver great places where people want to live, work and spend their time. We need great urban design to be a central part of any redevelopment.”

“This course is different.  It’s not about training urban designers but training other professionals, such as planners and economic development officers, to understand and apply urban design to the work they are already doing.”

Dr Alison Greig, Skills Development Consultant at Anglia Ruskin University said:

“By collaborating with Regional Cities East through our Higher Skills @ Work initiative, we have been able to create an Urban Design qualification which precisely meets the needs of organisations who are working towards the common goal of delivering great places. The course has been designed to support learning in the workplace, helping staff to deliver better projects as they learn and minimising their time away from work.”

Assessment is based on a portfolio of evidence including real life projects, evaluations of good practice and Continuing Professional Development sessions.

The course is designed for professionals already involved in place making or place shaping. This is likely to include assistant officers and officers in planning, design and regeneration teams, policy teams and development control. It will also be relevant to architects, surveyors, highway engineers, transport planners, engineers and conservationists.

Further details about the course and application forms are available at

Anglia Ruskin University has secured funding from HEFCE to significantly reduce the cost of this course for its January 2010 start. Small and medium sized private sector organisations can also apply for beyond 2010 funding which may reduce these fees by another 50%

For further information about the course please contact Dr Alison Greig on 07545 204358 or email