Outstanding student achievement award won by SBE student

Kathryn Gilchrist (left), Ann Skippers, RTPI President and Justin Webb of Radio 4's Today programme who presented the awards

Heriot-Watt University student Kathryn Gilchrist took the honours in this year's Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) awards for education and lifelong learning.

Kathryn, who completed her MSc in urban and regional planning with an average score of 76 per cent and did sterling service as a class rep, received the award for 'Outstanding Student Achievement in Planning Education' at the RTPI Planning Awards in London on 4 February. She received particular praise for two assignments investigating the sustainability of public transport priority schemes and the role of planning in pollution control.

Kathryn will be going on to study for a PhD. Her lecturer, Sarah McIntosh, said, "These two examples provide evidence of the high quality and wide range of Kathryn's work. She has performed strongly throughout the year, both in individual assignments and group work. We are delighted that she has decided to continue her studies".