Student shortlisted for national award

Carol Algar, who studied MSc Town Planning, is a finalist in the Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) Awards for Research Excellence for her dissertation on the role of planning to support Build to Rent, a new form of housing for the rental sector.

Winners will be announced on 3 September during the opening ceremony of the UK-Ireland Planning Research Conference, in Sheffield.

Carol said: “The awards recognise and promote high quality, impactful spatial planning research from RTPI-accredited planning schools and consultancies both in the UK and internationally. My dissertation has been selected from 22 entries and I am delighted to have been shortlisted – this is added reward for all the hard work I undertook last year.”

Andrew Coleman, Senior Lecturer and Course Leader in the University’s School of Architecture and Design, said: “We are extremely pleased that Carol has made the shortlist for this prestigious award.

“Her dissertation was a fantastic example of a student researching a subject at the cutting edge of planning practice and policy and her findings have the potential to influence how planners deal with a new form of housing in England.

“This is the second year running that a Brighton planning student has been shortlisted for this award and we hope that she walks away with the prize.”

The RTPI, whose awards are the longest running and most high-profile awards in the industry, said: “For 40 years they have rewarded the brightest talent in the profession; the teams, projects and individuals that transform economies, environments and their communities all over the UK and internationally.

“They recognise and promote high quality, impactful spatial planning research from RTPI-accredited planning schools in the UK, the Republic of Ireland and internationally.

“We had particularly strong entries this year – reflecting the research strength of accredited planning schools and consultancies around the world – and after several months of marking and deliberation, judges shortlisted the following four entries from each category.”

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