Chris Waller, BSc Urban Planning
Why did you choose your course?
The Urban Planning course is an intellectually stimulating programme with practical uses. It covers infrastructure, energy, politics, economics, design and social issues and other vital areas of our lives. Planning is a global activity and there are opportunities across the world. It is challenging but with a gentle learning curve.
What have you enjoyed most about the course?
The trips and the opportunities beyond the core teaching. My highlight was travelling to Taiwan with other students and the RTPI (The Royal Town Planning Institute) president to present material on Bristol’s Green Capital. I was also able to explore what it would be like living in a rapidly urbanising East Asian country.
What has been your favourite module?
Healthy and Sustainable Communities as it provides a really good introduction to the course. It also allows us to be imaginative and creative; I was required to develop ideas for a new eco-neighbourhood.
What’s the best thing about studying in Bristol?
The relaxed atmosphere and being in a city large enough to have everything but small enough to feel that you are living in a community. There is fantastic nightlife, shopping, culture and music. No wonder most people do not want to leave the city (including myself).
What extra-curricular opportunities have you been involved with?
I have been involved with various Student Union committees and societies, including the Bristol Spatial Planning Society. I attended the British Conference of Undergraduate Research where I delivered a presentation about my dissertation.
I have also led a tour around Bristol’s city centre for a delegation of Norwegian planning experts and written articles for Western Eye, the student newspaper. I have also stood as a candidate for the Green Party at local elections.