Janet Askew elected to be president of the Royal Town Planning Institute for 2015

Issue date: 29 November 2013

Janet Askew, Director of Academic Engagement and Enhancement at UWE Bristol, has been elected to the position of Vice-President of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) in 2014, meaning she will automatically become President in 2015.

The RTPI is the UK's leading professional body for spatial, sustainable and inclusive planning and is the largest planning institute in Europe with over 23,000 members.

Janet said of her appointment, “To be president in the year of a general election offers great opportunities to join in political debates about the future of the country. Locally, Bristol will hold the title of Green Capital in 2015, and with the elected mayor passionate about promoting ideas for a better quality of life through better planning, I hope that there will be opportunities to put UWE at the centre of some of these debates during my time as President.

“Town and country planning has never been more important than it is now. The RTPI is celebrating its centenary in 2014, and it is essential for the institute to consider how planning will survive another 100 years. One of its centenary projects is to send young planners into schools to encourage the next generation to study this subject and become members of the profession. The planners at UWE are committed to this, as they know it accords with the professional and practice-led University that UWE is aiming to become by 2020.”

There have been 101 presidents of the RTPI by 2015, and Janet Askew will be the sixth woman to be president. UWE has produced three presidents of the RTPI and Janet Askew is the third, reflecting its importance as a planning academy.

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