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Bartlett unveils government-backed anti-recession programme

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The Bartlett School of Architecture has launched a four-pronged ‘recession busting’ initiative to help struggling architects and young practitioners

The scheme by University College London’s (UCL) Faculty of the Built Environment could benefit up to 200 people and features three ‘brand new’ educational programmes.

Potentially counting towards year out students’ Professional Education and Development Resource(PEDR), the short knowledge transfer research programme will offer practices up to £500 a month to fund graduates, postgraduates and current employees to carry out a research project with the Bartlett as an academic partner.

‘There are lots of bright young practices working flat out who might now like to reflect on some of the work and start research programmes on back of what they have done,’ said Steven Gage, the Bartlett’s professor of innovative technology who states that up to 20 project will be supported (for initial advice on projects contact s.gage@ucl.ac.uk).

Backed by cash from the Economic Challenge Investment Fund (ECIF), the Bartlett has agreed to waive all ‘general overhead costs’ on the programmes. 

This has meant the UCL has been able to offer a series of part-time, ten week modules on its MSc Environmental Design and Engineering course at just £250 (for application details contact Indigo Rohrer on ucftpt3@ucl.ac.uk)

Zoe Webber, who is in her first year of her diploma at Oxford Brookes University said: ‘[This course] sounds the most exciting. The specialisation of an MSc seems a good way to set yourself apart. Furthermore £250 for 10 weeks seems ludicrously cheap.’  

Another 50 places are available on the advanced cadcam/rapid prototyping training course in the Bartlett’s new £500,000 3D modelling facility.  The course is 50 per cent funded through the ECIF and students will pay £1,200 – which includes all materials - for the four-week, intensive full-time masterclass (for further details contact Indigo Rohrer on ucftpt3@ucl.ac.uk).

The final initiative offers assisted full-time places for those with a Bartlett graduate diploma in Architecture/March to study for a postgraduate certificate in advanced architectural research.

Up to 20 will pay £1,000 for a three-month full-time course starting this month.

A further course will be run over the summer in 2010 (Contact Indigo Rohrer for further details).

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