James Dingwall - Network Rail
The academic staff at Reading are insightful and supportive, offering an ideal balance of practical learning and theory. We were encouraged to write a dissertation concerning a particular area of planning and development which was of personal interest. The University's excellent links with the industry meant professionals were keen to take part in original research. I enjoyed looking into the business case for green buildings, interviewing a number of top developers.
Socially, the course is great fun - one of the highlights of the year was the field trip to Barcelona. This provided a unique opportunity to learn about the Spanish planning system, Jesepe Guardiola's tactics at the Nou Camp, and the Catalan night time economy!
The course was pivotal in helping me and others secure work. I am currently working for Network Rail Property, which is an exciting place to be.