Class of 2019 graduate

John Land and Paula Meth

Urban Studies and Planning students graduated last week. Before the ceremony, students were invited to the department for a reception, where they got the opportunity to talk to many of the academic staff who have taught them over the past three or four years.

The Director of Undergraduate Programmes, Dr Paula Meth, gave a speech at the reception to a room full of staff, students and family, and she thanked the parents, guardians and friends of those who were graduating for their support.

Dr Meth also handed out the departmental prizes. Daniels Saakjans won the John Richings James Book Prize for Best Student in Level 3, while Daniel Ramsay won the RTPI Prize Nomination for Best Student in Level 4. Rowan Gilbert was awarded the ADH Crook Prize for Contributions towards Social Justice in Planning.

National planning and development consultancy Turley is proud to sponsor two prizes which recognise excellence and nurture the talent of future planning professionals. The Turley Prize for Best Performance at Level 1 was awarded to Alister Maguire, and the Turley Prize for Best Dissertation at Level 3 was shared between John Land and Ben Hackeson.

Head of Planning North at Turley, Stephen Bell said: “It’s important to support the next generation of planners as they start out in their careers, so we’re really pleased to continue our sponsorship of the prizes which are awarded to students who have excelled in their field of study. We look forward to seeing great things from the winners when they embark on their professional journeys.”

Shaped by our world-leading and internationally excellent research (REF 2014), our courses are ranked among the best planning courses in the UK (The Guardian University Guide 2019).

Our dedicated employability team and our range of professionally accredited courses and modules ensure that over 90% of our alumni are in graduate-level employment or further study six months after graduation (DLHE Survey 2016/2017).

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