Read some case studies for our Bursary scheme here.

The aim of the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund Bursary scheme is to support the development of transport professionals. 
Find out here how receiving a Bursary enabled individuals to study for a transport related Masters degree, and the impact this had on their future career.

Case Studies: Amy Allbright

Amy Albright received a Rees Jeffreys Road Fund MSc Bursary in 2018. She tells us:

“Receiving the Bursary made it possible for me to study on UCL’s world-leading Transport and City Planning Masters programme, which offered an incredible academic experience in the urban laboratory of London. The programme equipped me for critical and creative thinking in transport innovation, which I am currently applying in the context of a local jurisdiction’s comprehensive mobility plan. It was an honour to receive the Bursary, and I’m hopeful that I can someday help to shape the future of London mobility.”


Case Studies: Kate Winstanley

Rees Jeffreys Road Fund awarded an MSc bursary for 2019/2020 to Kate Winstanley to study at Newcastle University.

Kate told us “I wouldn’t have been able to undertake the course without your support. I have certainly learnt a lot over the past year, and will use that knowledge going forward. 

My favourite module (albeit challenging) was Railways Management and Planning. This module was the most enlightening in regards to real world examples, and it was excellent experience to work alongside various external colleagues from Network Rail, and Office of Rail and Road, amongst others. Despite only being a student, my opinions and thoughts were treated with the same respect as the working external colleagues, and this really added to the positive impact of this module. “

Kate has since joined Jacobs as a Graduate Transport Planner.  You can read Kate’s dissertation “To what extent is running considered to be a commuting mode, and what factors influence it?” here.


Bursary recipient Steven Currie with the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund Roadside Rest plaque at Duncton Hill, off A285 in West Sussex

Steven Currie received a Rees Jeffreys Road Fund MSc bursary in 2020 to study at UCL. After a number of years working in aviation, road and rail sectors Steven wanted to continue to pursue his interest in transport and “it was the Rees Jeffreys bursary scheme that really made this possible.”

“The Transport & City Planning MSc combined my enthusiasm for business, my knowledge of user experience and service design, with physical planning and development of spaces; alongside the interaction with transport and city systems. I was able to explore subjects as diverse as sustainability and street design, to global politics and international transport project funding. This culminated in a thesis project that focused on electric vehicle infrastructure and analysed the user experience for EV drivers across the UK.”

“I have been able to complement my core experience with knowledge from the MSc that I will continue to refer to long into my future career in transport, wherever that will take me. The bursary has helped me to realise that longstanding dream and facilitated a career progression that would have otherwise been unattainable as a ‘mature student’.”

You can listen to Steven being interviewed by our Trustee Leon Daniels on this 2 minute podcast. With thanks to News – ITT HUb News.


Dr. Simon Blainey received a Rees Jeffreys Road Fund MSc bursary in 2005 to study at Imperial College.

Simon told us, “During my undergraduate degree in geography I decided that I wanted to pursue a career as a transport academic.  The first stage on this journey was to undertake an MSc (essential at that time in order to get PhD funding), and the award of a Masters bursary by the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund enabled me to study for an MSc in Transport at Imperial College London and University College London in 2005-6. 

I subsequently obtained a PhD from the University of Southampton, and following several years working as a researcher was appointed to a full time academic post there in 2014.  I now lead the Southampton MSc programmes in Transportation Planning and Engineering, a role which includes supporting student applications for RJRF bursaries, so the wheel has turned full circle!”