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ARB and RIBA agree on code but not on education

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Riba president David Rock is to tell councillors next week that the institute has been successful in convincing the arb to take its time and listen to its views over the 'broadly acceptable' new Code of Professional Conduct and Practice. But he will also tell council that discussions over validation and assessment have 'regressed'.

Rock's report details the continuing problems over these two issues. The institute received legal advice saying that changes were necessary to published procedures on validation between the arb and riba, to show that the final decision to validate a course rests with the arb and to allow schools to make any final appeal directly to the arb. But, says Rock, although arb chief Barbara Kelly has assured him of the Board's willingness to co-operate fully with the riba on validation, he is worried it will not happen.: 'We have yet to see this fully in practice.'

On the Code, however, the arb has decided to avoid rushing to get the Code out to a given timetable and try to ensure that the views of consultees are taken into account, particularly riba worries about Standard 10 (self- reporting).

The riba is to announce the Royal Gold Medal for 1999 at council. The jury, including Sir Norman Foster and Sir Michael Hopkins, considered 22 nominations and 21 from three previous meetings before unanimously agreeing the recipient.

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