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Huddersfield school hits out at ARB de-validation delay

Huddersfield school of architecture has spoken out against the ARB as it waits for the outcome of its appeal against de-validation.

Head of school Richard Fellows condemned the ARB for its delay in reaching a decision over the appeal, saying the lengthy process was 'very damaging' and a 'serious threat to the university'.

The school began appeals procedures last October after it was threatened with de-recognition of its undergraduate course. As the process drags on, Fellows warned, the school not only risked losing its Part 1 intake for 2002 but for the following year as well. It has been unable to accept Part 1 students until the matter is resolved.

In addition to the loss of income from 60 Part 1 students, Fellows said, the school was receiving fewer applications from students for parts 2 and 3.

'It's a big threat to us. We're not taking it lying down.' Fellows suggested the delay was in some way affected by the lack of a precedent: 'We have no experience of this and neither do the ARB.' He said he was confident the school had a good case for appeal.

The ARB was unable to release any information about the appeals procedure or when it would be resolved.

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