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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

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

Format innovation & retail real estate, London, 5th October, 2016

Venue: DAC Beachcroft LLP, 100 Fetter Lane, London DAC Beachcroft LLP, 100 Fetter Lane, London EC4A 1BN
Nearest tube: Chancery Lane
Time: 6pm for 6.30pm start; 8.00pm networking

This is a joint SLA/SPR event. This October meeting will explore some of the physical & spatial consequences for retail real estate of the innovation and transformation of the sector. With innovations ranging from pop-up stores to reconfigured & refurbished shopping centres; and new distribution and logistics requirements for the omnichannel, the task of understanding the evolving footprint of the retail ecosystem becomes ever more complex. Three speakers will present their perspectives on this topic and the session will conclude with a panel discussion.

Speakers include:

Download the presentations

SLA Undergraduate Awards

We will also take the opportunity of awarding this year’s SLA Student Undergraduate Awards at the meeting. This is an opportunity to reward final year undergraduate students who have achieved excellence in the broad field of location analysis. The awards are open to final year students registered at UK Universities in the 2015/16 academic year and undertaking dissertations or extended projects involving location analysis. You can read more here: https://thesla.org/student-undergraduate-awards/

SLA is sponsored by CACI and Geolytix. We are grateful to them and to DACB for providing the venue for this meeting.

To reserve your place to attend this free event please email info@thesla.org

Speaker’s Biographies

Ben Dimson, Head of Retail Business Development, British Land
Ben Dimson is Head of Retail Business Development at British Land, having joined the company in 2011 as a Strategy Executive. Prior to that, Ben worked as a strategy consultant with Bain & Company, having completed an MBA at London Business School. Ben also sits on the board of Broadgate Estates, a property management company owned by British Land.

SLA Undergraduate Student Awards 2016

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After the success of last year’s Undergraduate Student awards we are launching them for a second time.

  • Are you a final year a final year undergraduate student at a UK University?
  • Did you complete a dissertation or extended project in the broad field of location analysis during the period 2015/2016

Why not enter the SLA Undergraduate Student Awards?

This year we will be awarding three levels of prize as well as a certificate and recognition in the industry. The prizes are as follows:

  1. Gold: £150
  2. Silver £100
  3. Bronze: £50

All entries must comply to the criteria detailed on the application form and be submitted to the SLA secretary on info@thesla.org by 5pm on 29th July 2016.

All questions and enquiries to Dr Luke Burns on l.p.burns@leeds.ac.uk

Click here for more information, application forms and to the download poster.

Who won the SLA Undergraduate award?

We are delighted to announce the winners of the first SLA Undergraduate Award competition run by the Society for Location Analysis.

Jonathan Reynolds, SLA Chairman and Lecturer at Oxford University presents awards to Jamie Tasker and Lauren Parker with fellow judge and awards advocate Luke Burns of Leeds University
Jonathan Reynolds, SLA Chairman and Lecturer at Oxford University presents awards to Jamie Tasker and Lauren Parker with fellow judge and awards advocate Luke Burns of Leeds University

All the entries were of a very high standard and the decision was tough but the judges agreed unanimously on their choice for the top three so congratulations to our winners.

  1. GOLD – Jamie Tasker – University of Leeds
  2. SLA Undergraduate Gold award winner  - Jamie Tasker, Leeds Uni
    Gold – Jamie Tasker, Leeds Uni
    His undergraduate dissertation was entitled ‘Analysing the Middle Geography of Click and Collect: The Future of Convenience Retailing?’

    Brief synopsis: – To some observers in the early 21st century, the Internet was seen as an all-consuming force that would eventually replace traditional brick-and-mortar stores. This theory was not just blind optimism as evidenced by the 1,779 UK store closures since 2012. In order to survive in the digital era, traditional retailers need to catalyse innovation by combining modern technologies with their existing network of physical stores.

    Click and collect is an example of retail modernisation that allows the consumer to overcome a large number of drawbacks associated with the physical store and online delivery. The crucial advantage of the service however, is that collection does not need to be anchored to brick-and-mortar outlets. We are now beginning to witness the rise of retail within spaces such as train stations, the London Underground, petrol stations and schools. The introduction of collection points that integrate into the everyday lives of consumers are creating a ‘middle geography’ between customers and retailers. Indeed, this concept has the potential to solve many current issues associated with access, catchment areas and land use policy.
    Although some observers have commented on the advantages and disadvantages of traditional the click and collect model inside physical stores, studies regarding the potential of this middle geography are sorely absent. This analysis aims to rectify this, deploying a quantitative based study revolving around a hypothetical partnership between a major UK grocery retailer and petrol station operator. The study aims to prove the fantastic contribution this ‘middle geography’ can add to convenience retailing.

    You can download his full entry form here: Gold winner – Jame Tasker – Leeds.

  3. SILVER – Lauren Parker – Manchester Metropolitan University
  4. Silver - Lauren Parker - Manchester University
    Silver – Lauren Parker – Manchester University

    Lauren’s dissertation title was ‘Higher Educational Institutions Mapping (Universities)’.

    Brief synopsis: The aim of the project is to capture the spatial distribution of students in higher educational institutes across the UK and NI for the use by field based analysts in the assessment of potential Co-Operative Food sites. The data will aim to enrich current data surrounding the location of Universities in an attempt to gain the best local knowledge about an areas student population. With the launch of the Co-Operative NUS student 10% discount, it seems apt to understand where these customers are and in what volumes.

    Data is pulled from a variety of sources including UCAS, HESA and University websites. The presentation of the data is in the form of 5 shapefiles under one ‘Universities’ layer; this includes University Main site, University campuses, University student unions, University owned/managed accommodation and Privately owned/managed accommodation.

    This data differs from current datasets as it includes numbers of students at various locations as opposed to a student number geolocated to one singular location. University campus data captures populations by mode (part time/full time), Level (Undergraduate/Postgraduate) and staff by full/part time. Rationale surrounding including this detail surrounds understanding that different cohorts shop Co-Operative differently in terms of basket spend, time of day and basket contents.

    Accommodation data includes data including what company/institute manages it, whether it is self-catered, catered, mixed or part catered and the maximum capacity of the accommodation. This data was included upon the basis that spend will be different dependant on these factors ie. Students in catered accommodation will have different basket content and spend.

    All data includes a ‘notes’ section which is a freetype column included to add any details deemed relevant ie ‘Accommodation opened recently’, ‘postgraduates only’ or ’52 week contract’. This is to enrich the local knowledge further in order to aid assessment by analysts.

    You can download Lauren’s application here: Silver Winner – Lauren Parker – Manchester

  5. BRONZE – Taylor Day – University of Southampton
  6. Taylor’s dissertation was entitled, “A Multidimensional Study Analysing the Urban-Rural Differences in Ambulance Access in South-West England”

    Brief synopsis: The South-Western Ambulance Service Trust (SWAST) was consistently failing to reach the national Category A response targets, of attending to 75% of incidents within 8 minutes and 95% within 19 minutes, following its adoption of a neighbouring trust. The rurality of its catchment ensures that the provision of an efficient ambulance response remains difficult. This research aimed to analyse ambulance access, using a multidimensional approach, to investigate the urban-rural differences between Dartmoor and Exeter, south-west England.

    Within ArcGIS 10.2.2, the first dimension, accessibility, was analysed by calculating ambulance response times to each Population-Weighted Centroid (PWC) and road traffic collision using the ‘Closest Facility’ tool. This revealed that response times were greater in Dartmoor and that 75% of Category A incidents were not responded to within 8 minutes, thus failing to achieve the national target. Using the ‘Location-Allocation’ tool, standby ambulances were placed at strategic locations to reduce response times in Dartmoor by 3.8 minutes and allowing the national target to be achieved.

    The second dimension, availability, was analysed using the Enhanced Two-Step Floating Catchment Area (E2SFCA) and the Two-Step Floating Catchment Area (2SFCA) methods: a concept not previously applied to ambulances. A value was derived for each PWC, which is a function of the number of ambulances which can access each PWC, and the number of people these ambulances can reach, within 19 minutes. These methods successfully identified areas which appeared to have either an insufficient or abundant number of available ambulances.

    Combined, analysing the two dimensions of access is integral for ambulance services struggling to achieve the national targets. Abundant ambulances in one area, highlighted by the availability analysis, can be redistributed to the standby locations, depicted during the accessibility analysis, to improve ambulance response times.

    Sadly Taylor wasn’t able to attend so we don’t have a photograph of him but you can still read his application here: Bronze winner – Taylor Day – Southampton

Well done to all our winners and those who entered and didn’t get placed. We really enjoyed reading all your entries and we were delighted with the number of applications and diversity and quality of dissertations submitted.

We will be running the competition again next year so please help us to spread awareness and encourage innovation in site location analysis.

SLA Undergraduate Awards 2015 – enter by Fri 31st July!

The Society for Location Analysis (SLA) is delighted to announce its inaugural Undergraduate Awards competition for 2015. These awards are designed to reward final year undergraduate students who have achieved excellence in the broad field of location analysis. The awards are open to final year students registered at UK Universities in the 2014/15 academic year and undertaking dissertations or extended projects involving location analysis. The society will award three levels of prize: Gold, Silver and Bronze to the top three entries as judged by an expert panel. These should make both academic and practical contributions to the field. The three winners will also be invited to attend an upcoming SLA event to meet members, network and deliver a short (informal) presentation of the winning research.

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.

Entries are by 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 31st July 2015, 5pm. Informal enquiries/questions can be directed to Dr. Luke Burns at L.P.Burns@leeds.ac.uk.

Students are invited to put forward their own application for this award.

We hope you will consider putting your location analysis work forward for consideration or promoting it to those who may be eligible and thank you for your interest in the society. Good luck!

Documents available for download:

  1. SLA Undergraduate Awards 2015 Application form
  2. The SLA Undergraduate Award Promotional Poster

Retail Research Masters Dissertation Competition 2015

If you’re interested in the SLA Undergraduate Awards you may also be interested in The Retail Research Masters Dissertation competition.

This offers an exciting opportunity to link students on Masters courses and their university supervisors with leading retail companies on projects which are important to the retail industry. The scheme provides the opportunity to work directly with an industrial partner and to link students’ research to important retail and ‘open data’ sources. The project titles are devised by retailers and are open to students from a wide range of disciplines. The research will take place over spring/summer 2015.

Please note: We have extended the deadline for entering until Friday 31st July.