Department of Education Consultation on Revised School Premises Regulations
The RIBA has responded to the consultation paper from the Department of Education.
The RIBA agrees with the need to rationalise regulations and guidance, but does not agree with all of the changes proposed. The removal of standards for light, heat and ventilation are a particular concern in this regard.
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) White Paper: Students at the Heart of the System
The RIBA has responded to the White Paper from the BIS. This includes sections on:
- Financing students
- Improving the student experience
- Increasing social mobility
- A new, fit-for-purpose regulatory framework
Overall, the RIBA is concerned that decisions made by prospective higher education students on choice of course will focus on employment rates and graduate salaries, and that education may therefore become focused on investment in employability rather than developing critical thinking and fostering learning.
RIBA response to Students at the Heart of the System
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Department of Education capital review
The RIBA responded to the review by stating that the government must ensure that future investment is made wisely. A school that is fit for purpose is a school that is delivered to fit the brief of the client. The response includes:
- what is meant by good design in educational buildings
- the positive effect that better school buildings have on both pupils and staff
- the underlying problems with the BSF schools procurement process
- the principles that should underpin better procurement
- RIBA-proposed alternative procurement models
Egan Review of Skills
President George Ferguson has welcomed the main recommendation of Sir John Egan's review of the skills needed to deliver the government's Sustainable Communities Plan - a national centre for skills. The RIBA was also asked to submit private advice to the Egan Review as part of the initial consultation process. Both responses are available below.
Top-up Fees in Higher Education
In response to proposed legislation in the Higher Education Bill permitting higher education institutions to charge variable fees, the RIBA issued a statement on the effect of top-up fees on architectural education.
Higher Education Bill
HEFCE Review of Teaching Funding
RIBA response to a review of the funding method for teaching in higher education, emphasising that the current funding status of architectural eduation does not reflect the actual costs of the subject.
HEFCE Review of Research Funding
The RIBA responded to a HEFCE review of its method for allocating research funds, expressing concern that a number of proposed policies will negatively impact research departments in architectural education.
Roberts Review of Research Assessment
The RIBA responded to the final report by Sir Gareth Roberts on the future of research assessment in higher education, addressing issues specific to architectural education.
Roberts Review consultation
Higher Education White Paper
RIBA response to the Department for Education and Skills White Paper on 'The Future of Higher Education'. Though supportive of a number of proposals within the White Paper, the RIBA is seriously concerned about the impact on research and student support in architectural education.