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RIBA to introduce ‘Student Plus’ membership

The RIBA announced last week it wants to introduce a new paid-for category of membership for students

‘Student Plus’ membership would, according to draft proposals, cost £25 per annum and come with a range of benefits and services including subscription to RIBA magazine (usually £35 per annum).

Currently, students on RIBA accredited courses apply for free membership to the organisation but the rate of uptake is low, said John Devlin vice president for membership.

Devlin argued paid-for benefits might offer students a better value for money deal than a free membership without as many useful benefits.

‘I can’t see many students taking this one on,’ said Caine Crawford of Archaos. ‘Charging for something people don’t use for free is not the way to go’.

‘The only people giving advice to students currently are Archaos and a few individual efforts from within RIBA, the organisation as a whole just moves too slowly,’said Crawford. ‘The most recent student newsletter had no advice in it about how to get work’.

RIBA council voted to approve in principle the new category of membership which will undergo market testing before an official launch expected early next year.

 
 

Readers' comments (3)

  • I am interested to see what these new benefits and services are? As a student member I was not aware that I wasn't already getting the full package.

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  • Student Plus? - Student plus nothing.

    As a five year student member I got nothing more than a RIBA branded free clip pencil! Unless you live in London it is not even worth bothering about.

    As ever its nice to see Archaos appearing once again from the woodwork since they've been abscent for the past year throughout the recession... and as I see standing up for student values... like more money making opportunities!

    I don't know who John Devlin is, but he clearly hasn't spoken to any students in the past year. This is another case of the RIBA trying to claw more money since membership is down on whole with architects. You can't even use the RIBA title after your name as a student!

    What a waste of time. Try harder.

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  • This week the government has announced that tuition fees 'must rise' to protect standards in Universities from £3225 to approx. £5000-6000 a year.

    Combined with living costs - it would cost students anything upto £60k to study in the profession to a Part II standard. Then you have a average national salery of about £22-23k a year. Most people will be in their 40's trying to pay that much debt off!

    From which bottomless pit do you expect the majority of students to cough up an extra £25 a year?

    What planet are you on?

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