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The Brian Large Bursary Fund is a Registered Charity, number 328747.


It was established in 1990 by the family, friends and colleagues of Brian Large who died in 1989, far too young.

Brian, a Director of The MVA Group, transport planning consultants, was committed to the professional development of those in the early stages of their careers.


The purpose of the Fund is to continue Brian’s work by helping young UK resident transport planners gain the knowledge they need to become skilled transport professionals.


Initially, reflecting Brian’s interests in travelling, the Fund provided bursaries to support transport Masters students travelling abroad as part of their studies.  It also provided funds to support the publication of transport planning books.


For the last two decades, the Trustees have focused on providing bursaries to those studying for a Masters in transport at a UK university and, latterly, on awarding an annual prize, the Voorhees-Large Prize, for the best transport Masters dissertation submitted by a UK resident. Both are awarded to candidates submitted to the Fund by their university; the Trustees do not consider any direct applications or submissions.


The Fund only awards its Masters bursaries and the Voorhees-Large Prize.

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Jamie Ward has won the 2023 Voorhees-Large Prize, awarded annually for the best Transport Masters dissertation submitted during the year, and worth £1,000.


Jamie’s dissertation, ‘A route-level analysis of the relationship between bike sharing and public transport: integration, complementation and substitution’ was submitted for his Masters in Transport Planning at the Institute for Transport Studies (ITS), University of Leeds, which he was awarded with Distinction.

The Trustees of the Brian Large Bursary Fund awarded three Brian Large Masters Bursaries of £9,250 for the academic year 2023/24.  A call for applications for academic year 2024/25 will be made in Spring 2024.

Applicants must have been accepted for a full time Masters course in transport at a UK university for 2024/25.  Applicants must be recommended by the Head of Department or Course Supervisor, based on a personal interview with the candidate. 

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