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Fears over predicted rise in architecture student fees

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A survey revealing a potential increase in architecture student fees to up to £10,000 a year has been greeted with concern by the RIBA.

Simon Allford, RIBA vice president of education, said any increase in tuition fees 'would be very worrying for students in general, but more so for architecture'.

His comments follow a recent survey by the Guardian, which claims that the top universities could start charging up to £10,000 a year for certain courses following a re-evaluation in 2009.

Allford said: 'If this is more than just scare-mongering, then it is very bad news, not only for architecture students but for students in general.

'However, it will hit architecture students a lot harder. The course is a lot longer than many others, and there is less earning capacity when they leave.'

Allford said a new way of thinking was necessary, one which would allow more flexibility into how architecture students pay for their education.

He said: 'We recognise the need to try and keep the profession open, and we are trying to think of other models to work to, such as practices sponsoring students.

'[The potential increase] is very bad news, and it needs to be fought very hard.'

by Richard Vaughan

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