John Heasman Bursary

Why does the Bursary exist?
Who can apply?
What funding is available?
What support will I get from the BPA?
What else can be expected?
How does the selection process work?

Why does the Bursary exist?

The John Heasman Bursary was set up by the BPA in 2006 in recognition of the contribution John Heasman, a former President and Director General of the BPA, made to the parking sector and, in particular, to the formation of the BPA, to promote research and encourage professionalism in the parking sector.

This Bursary encourages research in parking. The parking and traffic management sector is an under-researched area, and one which covers a vast range of subjects including:

  • the design and construction of car parks
  • the effect that parking provision has on traffic congestion and the urban landscape
  • the effective management of kerb space
  • technological innovations such as the development of Smart parking technology, how parking can support electric vehicle use
  • the many media and public concerns that managing on and off street parking raises
  • what effect parking can make on local economies/the high street
  • how mobility as a service (MaaS) will impact on the market & how it can work with shifts forecast in mobility.

It is expected that recipients of the Bursary will provide a final research report that provides evidence, statistics or narrative that: contributes to advancing knowledge of the sector, increases professionalism or identifies a new perspective/business to the sector.

Last years recipient Martin De Heaver says “The BPA were very supportive of my research, and provided opportunities to present my work to new audiences, and to connect with experts across the industry.  I am also very grateful to the BPA head office team, who even took part in the detailed video studies. Gaining a detailed understanding of how drivers search and find parking, and how parking finder apps affect this could help the industry to optimise its services, maximise utilisation, reduce traffic congestion associated with parking search, and make our urban areas a little easier to live in." 

Who can apply?

Applications are welcome from any individual undertaking non-commercial research that is of value to, and supports the parking profession.

Candidates from outside the UK are welcome to apply, ensuring that research undertaken is of be of benefit to the UK parking sector.

Research could be a stand-alone project, a dissertation or part of a course module.

Applications are considered by the John Heasman Bursary Advisory Group.

Applications received outside of the normal timescales are held on file and submitted to the group for consideration as appropriate.

Applications will be received by application form, available for download below or by emailing Sarah.

John Heasman Bursary application form


What funding is available?

The value of the bursary in 2018 is £10,000. Candidates may apply for bursary funds for research that has not yet been carried out. They can make an application outlining their research topic, how much funding they require and what contribution their research will make to the parking profession.

The BPA reserves the right to award the bursary to the most relevant research projects as appropriate each year. If no suitable projects are identified, the funding will be held over to the following year.

What support will I get from the BPA?

Successful bursary candidates are allocated a mentor who are their single point of contact during their research, and will provide assistance in terms of guidance and reporting requirements. Bursary candidates are required to attend a meeting of the bursary panel once a year to report on progress.

What else is expected?

The chosen candidate(s) is be expected to present the findings of their research at a BPA conference/seminar, regional meeting(s) or workshop, for example it could be the BPA annual expo Parkex The results of this work may also be published in the trade journal, Parking News, BPA's membership magazine

How does the selection and interview process work?

The John Heasman Bursary Advisory Group identify suitable topics annually, seeking external research requirements as appropriate.

The John Heasman Bursary Advisory Group appoint an interview panel, which normally comprises; the Chair of the Group plus two Group members, one BPA staff member and a specialist technical advisor/support (where appropriate).

The panel create a short list of suitable candidates from the applications received.

Each short-listed candidate is invited to interview and the most suitable candidate selected. Criteria for making the award is used to ensure all candidates are interviewed consistently.

We are now accepting applications for 2018-2019.  

The application deadline is 3 December, however if you would like to apply aftter this date or need more information about the bursary, please contact Dave or call 01444 447316.