Steve Tiesdell Student Endowment Fund

The Steve Tiesdell Student Endowment Fund has been established in memory of Dr Steve Tiesdell (1964-2011), Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at the University of Glasgow and one of the UK’s leading academic urban designers, who died on 30 June 2011, aged 47.

Steve was brought up in East Anglia and studied at the University of Nottingham, from where he gained a BA in Architecture & Environmental Design in 1985, a Bachelor of Architecture in 1988 and an MA in Environmental Planning in 1989. He worked briefly for Tibbalds Monro, qualifying as a chartered architect in 1990, before then returning to Nottingham as a Lecturer in Planning (Design).  In 1998, Steve became a Chartered Town Planner. That year, he moved to the University of Sheffield and thence on to the University of Aberdeen in 2000, where he was appointed to a Senior Lectureship in Land Economy. By then, his expertise was becoming widely known in the UK and abroad. He gained his PhD in 1999, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2000, and held a Visiting Professorship at the University of Pennsylvania in the US in 2003. In 2005, he moved on to his last academic appointment at the University of Glasgow.

Throughout his career, Steve was at the forefront of re-interpreting and re-energising urban design as a means to transform people’s lives for the better by creating places in which they could thrive. His strong commitment to social justice was reflected in the importance he attached to urban regeneration and he viewed he viewed urban design as a specific illustration of public policy.

Although passionate about academic enquiry, he never took himself too seriously – his self-deprecating sense of humour was frequently used to good effect. So many people have remarked how much they enjoyed their lively discussions with Steve about academic matters and indeed much more, and will long remember those chances to share a drink or a meal and appreciate his company. In many ways, he was an old-fashioned conversationalist – keen to listen as much as to talk – but always liable to inject new insight and new direction into any discussion.  His widespread popularity among colleagues and students alike reflected his own generosity of time and his keenness to share and debate ideas. He was well known for his collegiality as a colleague.

Family, friends and colleagues are invited to make a donation in memory of Steve to help establish a permanent Student prize for the best Masters Student in Urban Studies and to provide other appropriate forms of student support.

Donations can be made:

  • online (please select "Prize Awards" from the drop down menu at 1.2 and enter "Steve Tiesdell Prize" in the box at 2.5)
  • or by completing and returning the