Issue date: 24 October 2002
A University of the West of England postgraduate student, Claire Mitcham, has won a Panasonic Trust Fellowship worth £7,000 to study for an MA in Urban Design.
Claire said, “It has been very exciting to return to Bristol after a long absence, and I am already enjoying the creative challenge of developing my urban design skills. I am honoured to receive this award from Panasonic trust, and I am sure it will make an enormous difference to my studies during the coming year.”
The Programme Leader on the MA in Urban Design, Richard Guise, says he was delighted to hear of Claire’s success. He said, “Claire has a high level of commitment to this course and the bursary provides an excellent opportunity for her to change directions into a field which is considered increasingly important both by government and by environmental groups. It is very good that this Trust exists to help people like Claire many of whom would not otherwise be able to pursue their studies at this level.”
Claire, 31, graduated from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne with a first class honours degree in Town Planning and has been working with the World Health Organisation in Copenhagen for the past FOUR years as part of WHO’s Centre for Urban Health. She helped manage the Healthy Cities network and developed and promoted WHO’s Healthy Urban Planning initiative and managed SAVE II, a twinning project on cycling in six European cities.
Claire is returning close to her Gloucestershire roots as she attended Katherine Lady Berkeley’s School in Wotton-under-Edge.
The Panasonic Trust Fellowships were endowed by a £500,000 gift from Panasonic UK in 1997 to assist students on full-time Masters course in environment-related subjects. The Panasonic Trust was founded in 1984, managed by the Royal Academy of Engineering, and has enabled over 900 young engineers to take part-time modular Masters courses to update their skills – it was one of the first grant scheme actively to promote continuing professional development.
The Royal Academy of Engineering aims to pursue, encourage and maintain excellence across the whole field of engineering in order to promote the advancement of the science, art and practice of engineering for the benefit of the public. The Academy comprises the UK’s most eminent engineers and is able to use their combined wealth of knowledge and experience to meet its objectives.
Jpeg visual of Claire Mitcham available upon request from Jayne.Andrews@uwe.ac.uk or tel 0117 3442874.