Architecture schools may face funding cuts
September 16 2004
Architecture as a subject will drop into price group C - the second-lowest group - which could mean less money per student being received by the schools. In HEFCE’s recent consultation, the proposed resources available to teach engineering is intended to decline by 7.4% per student, and by 5% for students on other built environment courses, including architecture.
In their response to the HEFCE report, the RIBA stated that placing architecture in price group C does not adequately reflect the actual costs of teaching the subject.
“The iterative project-based learning central to our method of design teaching, with its sustained one-to-one staff-student contact and frequent small group teaching, group tutorials and criticisms, requires a high staff/student ratio. The RIBA therefore maintains that architecture cannot adequately be provided in the current price group.”