Aline Kirkland: Urban and Regional Planning with a Sandwich Year
Graduate Planner, Barton Willmore
Aline, who studied Urban and Regional Planning with a Sandwich Year in the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure & Society, now works as a Graduate Planner at Barton Willmore.
What appealed to you most about Heriot-Watt University when you made the decision to come here?
Heriot-Watt appealed to me because of the high rankings in the league tables for the Town Planning programme and because of its location in Edinburgh, a city with a wide range of planning challenges.
How has your degree programme prepared you for a career?
The University works hard to maintain industry links and this has been very useful to my career
progression. I used the option to undertake a sandwich year and obtained valuable public sector
experience at the City of Edinburgh Council, working in the town planning department. I was also able to take on the elected role of student member on the Scottish Young Planners Network Steering Group, which was alerted to me through the University.
What would you say to prospective students considering Heriot-Watt as their first choice of university?
The lecturers at Heriot-Watt are one of the best features of the University. They were knowledgeable and up-to-date in their respective fields providing me with a strong, relevant grounding in planning. Overall, I feel my degree has provided me with the analytical skills and the knowledge of the Scottish planning system that I need to be successful in my career.