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Range of Public Training Courses at a 15% discount for SLA members

The following courses are available to SLA members at a 15% discount.

“An Introduction to Property”, Thursday 24 May, 9:30am – 5pm, Central London
Price: standard price £450pp+VAT, SLA member price £382pp+VAT
A course for those who lack formalised property training or have a one-sided background. This course provides a 360° view of the property industry and how it all fits together, looking at market drivers, jargon, job roles, market players, lettings, investment, valuations and uses a case study. Quote SLA15% for your discount

For more information, visit click https://www.propertyoverview.co.uk/introduction-to-property-courses

You can also download An Introduction to Property Brochure here.

“Understanding Valuations”, Wednesday 23 May, 9:30am – 5pm, Central London
Price: standard price £540pp+VAT, SLA member price £459pp+VAT
This course explains the valuation methods and what is used when & why, what factors impact valuations & how they differ by property type – brought to life by case studies – and addresses jargon so a valuation report will no longer hold any secrets for you, enabling more informed discussions and decisions. Quote SLA15% for your discount

For more information visit https://www.propertyoverview.co.uk/understanding-valuations

“Understanding RE debt”, Wednesday 4 July, 9:30am – 5pm, Central London
Price: standard price £795pp+VAT, SLA member price £675.75pp+VAT
This course will provide a foundation of knowledge on real estate debt. Quote SLA15% for your discount

For more information, click https://www.propertyoverview.co.uk/understanding-re-debt

All courses provided by the Property Review are available to SLA members with 15% discount.

What are the SLA Student Awards 2018 and who should enter?

The SLA Student Awards are designed to reward final year Undergraduate and Masters students who have achieved excellence in the broad field of location analysis. The award scheme is open to students registered at UK Universities in the 2017/18 academic year and undertaking dissertations or extended projects involving location analysis.

The society will award prizes in two categories:

  • The Undergraduate Award
  • The Masters Award

A winner and runner-up will be selected in each category by an expert panel. Judges will be looking for work that makes both academic and practical contributions to the field. Award winners will be invited to attend a SLA event (in October/November) to meet members, network and collect their certificate and cash prize (winner: £200, runner-up: £100 in both categories). Reasonable travel expenses will be covered by the society.
Students in any subject area are invited to apply providing that they meet the above criteria. Example subjects may include (but are not exclusive to) geography, demographics, GIS, business and management.
Entry criteria

In order to apply for the SLA Student Awards 2018, you must meet the following criteria. You are/were:

  • Enrolled as an undergraduate (BA/BSc) or Masters (MA/MSc/MRes) student in 2017/18
  • Completing studies at a UK university / institute of Higher Education
  • Completing a dissertation or final year extended project in the broad field of location analysis

How do I enter?

Entries are by electronic application form only (downloadable on this page) and require all fields to be completed. Completed forms should be sent to Ruth Holroyd, SLA Secretary, at Info@thesla.org by no later than the closing date of Friday 14th September 2018, 5pm. Informal enquiries/questions can be directed to Dr Luke Burns at L.P.Burns@leeds.ac.uk.

Documents available for download

  1. SLA Student Awards 2018 application form
  2. 2. SLA Student Awards 2018 promotional poster

2018 Survey of Salary and Benefits for Location Planning Practitioners

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The Society for Location Planning (SLA) are delighted to announce details of the 2018 survey of Salary and Benefits for Location Planning Practitioners in the UK. For the second year running the survey is being conducted by Red Tiger Consulting and we are grateful for the investment they continue to make in this initiative.

This survey is now established as the authority on salary and benefits in Location Planning in the UK and is being used by practitioners and HR departments as a reference guide. This year the survey had been amended to incorporate additional questions about flexible and part time work, as well as research on the impact of technology on your role. It is important to highlight that the survey responses are anonymous and Red Tiger do not pass the raw data on to any third parties.

The summary report will be published in Spring 2018 and will be made available to members of the SLA, with a presentation on the key findings at an SLA event.

The survey can be accessed here, please take time to complete the survey (it will not take any more than 4 minutes of your time) and forward on to colleagues and friends in the industry. Your input is absolutely critical to the success of this initiative:

Complete the 2018 SLA Salary & Benefits survey here.

Please note the deadline for completion is Friday 26th January 2018 and is open to anyone in the UK who actively plays a role in location planning.

CDRC Masters Dissertation Programme – Submissions by 8th Dec

CDRC logoFollowing another successful year of the Consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC) Masters Research Dissertation Programme, the CDRCare now seeking proposals from businesses for new projects due to commence next spring (2018).

The annual dissertation programme presents a unique opportunity for commercial organisations to invite a masters student to work on a project of their choice between May-August, with the joint supervision and advice from an academic from their university.

It is a great opportunity to get a Masters student to help you to make progress with:

  • Major current issues, such as big data analytics, understanding footfall, predicting consumer behaviour, multi-channel insight, modelling mobility, geodemographic segmentation, e-engagement, social media
  • Working with data – both your own in-house data, and also maximising the value to be obtained from Open Data or data from government or administrative sources (available through the CDRC and the ONS)
  • Exploration of new techniques in data science

It also publicises your company’s interest in students with data skills and collaboration with academia.

Previous experience illustrates the main features of the initiative:

The CDRC are aiming to open the application process for masters students in January and to therefore encourage applicants from a wide breadth of disciplines and institutions. The student application process will be facilitated on the CDRC website and businesses will be encouraged to interview/select successful applicants in early 2018.

If you have a project in mind, please complete a project proposal form (available from the web link below) and email it to Guy Lansley at g.lansley@ucl.ac.uk by 8th December 2017.

All proposals need to be approved before they can be publicised to ensure that the students can maximise the academic potential from their dissertations. Alternatively, feel free to email Guy informally if you would rather discuss rough ideas for projects at this stage.

For more information on the programme visit: https://www.cdrc.ac.uk/retail-masters/information-for-retailers/

What are the SLA Student Awards 2017 and who should enter?

The SLA Student Awards are designed to reward final year Undergraduate and Masters students who have achieved excellence in the broad field of location analysis. The award scheme is open to students registered at UK Universities in the 2016/17 academic year and undertaking dissertations or extended projects involving location analysis.

New for 2017, the society will award prizes in two categories:

  1. Undergraduate Award
  2. The Masters Award

A winner and runner-up will be selected in each category by an expert panel. Judges will be looking for work that makes both academic and practical contributions to the field. Award winners will be invited to attend a SLA event (in September/October) to meet members, network and collect their certificate and cash prize (winner: £200, runner-up: £100 in both categories). Reasonable travel expenses will be covered by the society.

Students in any subject area are invited to apply providing that they meet the above criteria. Example subjects may include (but are not exclusive to) geography, demographics, GIS, business and management.

Entry criteria

In order to apply for the SLA Student Awards 2017, you must meet the following criteria. You are:

  • Enrolled as an undergraduate (BA/BSc) or Masters (MA/MSc/MRes) student
  • Completing studies at a UK university / institute of Higher Education
  • Completing a dissertation or final year extended project in the broad field of location analysis
  • Not a previous winner of a student award issued by the SLA

How do I enter?

Entries are by electronic application form only (downloadable on this page) and require all fields to be completed. Completed forms should be sent to Ruth Holroyd, SLA Secretary, at info@thesla.org by no later than the closing date of Friday 8th September 2017, 5pm. Informal enquiries/questions can be directed to Dr Luke Burns at L.P.Burns@leeds.ac.uk.

Documents available for download:
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  1. SLA Student Awards 2017 application form
  2. SLA Student Awards 2017 promotional poster

Apply for your Oxford Summer School Masters Scholarship

Oxford Summer School Masters Programme – Apply for one of our limited scholarships worth up to £3,600
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We’re providing six fully funded and six part funded scholarships for the prestigious Oxford Summer School Masters programme, helping senior managers in retail develop essential skills for future success.

Competition is always fierce, make sure your application is submitted before 11th December to be considered.

Apply Now

Oxford Summer School – Masters Level

27 February – 2 March 2017, Saïd Business School, Oxford

The structure of the Masters programme encourages delegates to look at things in a different way; to find their own creative solutions to high level strategic issues during the week. Experts are on hand to advise, including respected industry leaders and retail professionals, to whom delegates have full, unprecedented access. By looking at threats and opportunities, which they can profit or protect themselves from, the course ultimately helps senior managers become more effective.

Find out more about the Masters course and the Oxford summer school.

Apply Now

The CDRC Masters Research Dissertation Programme 2017: Call for Industry Projects

The Consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC) are now seeking proposals from businesses for new projects for next year’s CDRC Masters Research Dissertation Programme. This provides a unique opportunity to invite a masters student to undertake a research project on consumer data for your company.

A student project could help you to make progress with:

  • Major current issues, such as multi-channel marketing, customer insight, store networks, transport, surveys, social media, brand insight, predictive modelling and many others.
  • ‘horizon scanning’ projects that are not of the highest priority in the day-to-day work schedules
  • Working with data – both your own in-house data, and also maximising the value to be obtained from Open Data or data from government or administrative sources (available through the CDRC)
  • Exploring new techniques and open software

It also publicises your company’s interest in students with data skills.

Previous experience illustrates the main features of the initiative:

The CDRC are aiming to open the application process for masters students from all UK institutions and disciplines in January. Businesses will be required to select an appropriate student from a small number of forwarded applicants and the projects typically take place from May until the end of August. There are no costs, but we ask business partners to provide their student with a £500 bursary and also fund travel expenses upon successful project completion.

If you have a project in mind, please complete the project proposal form (below) and email it to Guy Lansley at g.lansley@ucl.ac.uk by the start of December.

Download the Project Proposal Form

All proposals need to be approved before they can be publicised to ensure that the students can maximise the academic potential from their dissertations. Alternatively, feel free to email Guy informally if you would rather discuss rough ideas for projects at this stage.

For more information on the programme visit: https://www.cdrc.ac.uk/retail-masters/information-for-retailers/