John Heasman Bursary

Why does the Bursary exist?
Who can apply?
What funding is available?
What support will I get from the BPA?
What else can be expected?
How does the selection process work?

Why does the Bursary exist?

The John Heasman Bursary was set up by the BPA in 2006 in recognition of the contribution that John Heasman (former President and Director General of the BPA) made to the parking sector and, in particular, to the formation of the BPA, with the express aim to promote research and encourage professionalism in the parking sector.

This Bursary is being offered to encourage research in parking. The parking and traffic management sector is an under-researched area, and one which covers a vast range of subjects including: the design and construction of car parks, the effect that parking provision has on traffic congestion and the urban landscape, the effective management of kerb space, and the many media and public concerns that managing on and off street parking raises.

It is expected that any recipient of the Bursary will provide a final research report that provides evidence, statistics or narrative that: contributes to advancing knowledge of the sector, increases professionalism or identifies a new perspective/business to the sector.


Who can apply?

Applications will be accepted from any individual undertaking non-commercial research that is of value to, and supports the parking profession.

Candidates from outside the UK are welcome to apply, ensuring that research undertaken is proven to be of benefit to the UK parking sector.

Research could be a stand-alone project, a dissertation or part of a course module.

Applications will be circulated to the John Heasman Bursary Advisory Group for scrutiny.

Applications received outside of the normal timescales will be held on file and submitted to the group for consideration as appropriate.

Applications will be received by application form, available for download below or by emailing Kathryn.

John Heasman Bursary application form

John Heasman Prize Fund application form


What funding is available?

The value of the bursary in 2016 is £10,000 and there are two ways candidates may apply for funding:

  • Prize Funds

Candidates have the opportunity to propose a piece of work they've undertaken relating to the parking and traffic management sector.

This year there will be two prizes of £100, one each for undergraduate and postgraduate entries.

  • Further research funding

Candidates may additionally apply for bursary funds for research that has not been carried out yet. They can make an application outlining their research topic, how much funding they require and what contribution their research will have to the parking profession.

The BPA reserves the right to award the bursary to the most relevant research projects as deemed appropriate each year. If no suitable projects are identified, the funding will be held over to the following year.


What support will I get from the BPA?

Successful bursary candidates will be allocated a mentor who will be their single point of contact during their research, and will provide assistance in terms of guidance and reporting requirements. Bursary candidates will be required to attend a meeting of the bursary panel once a year to report on progress.


What else will be expected?

The chosen candidate(s) will be expected to present the findings of their research at a BPA conference/seminar, regional meeting(s) or workshop. The results of this work may also be published in the trade journal, Parking News.


How does the selection and interview process work?

The John Heasman Bursary Advisory Group will identify suitable topics annually, seeking external research requirements as appropriate.

The John Heasman Bursary Advisory Group will appoint an interview panel, which will normally comprise the Chair of the Group plus two Group members, one BPA staff member and a specialist technical advisor/support (where appropriate).

The panel will create a short list of suitable candidates from the applications received.

Each short-listed candidate will be invited to interview and the most suitable candidate selected. Criteria for making the award will be used to ensure all candidates are interviewed consistently.

We are now accepting applications for 2016-2017.  

If you would like further information about the bursary, please contact Kathryn or call 01444 447317.

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