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.
Lucy Martin has been awarded the 2018 Voorhees-Large Prize for her Southampton University Transport Planning and Engineering Masters dissertation ‘Geo-Demographic Profiling of Road Casualty Risk across Devon’.
In July 2019, Universities will be invited to select a dissertation for the Voorhees-Large Prize submitted by the end of November 2019 by one of their 2019 transport Masters students who has the right to reside and work in the UK and who is normally resident in the UK.