Shortly after starting at Globe, I seized upon their very generous offer to undertake a Master’s course on a part time basis. I took my place on the MSc Urban Planning Course at Sheffield Hallam University a few weeks ago, and am fast becoming immersed in academic life again. The course is fully RTPI accredited, which will allow me to progress through to RTPI chartership upon completion.
Studying while working full time seemed daunting, but so far I have found the two support each other well. Understanding the history of the planning system, and how and why it evolved into its current form, perfectly complements the practical experience I am gaining with Globe. It’s been rather enlightening to discover how different ideologies have informed our planning system and the complexities surrounding this. Equally, in seminar discussions we have found that throughout recent history, there have been many common themes underpinning the different planning stages.
Joining the world of the commuter once a week has also given me a lesson in what ‘getting up early’ actually is! I’m sure in the depths of winter the early morning trains will be an interesting (cold) experience, but the thought of being a fully trained planner in two years’ time (hopefully) will keep me going.