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CABE set to play peacemaker in education discussions

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Heads of schools have asked CABE to help broker peace in the ongoing education saga.

President of SCHOSA Wendy Potts has approached the commission suggesting it get involved in architectural education. CABE, as a neutral party, could try to reconcile the different interests of the plethora of organisations involved - that includes the ARB, the RIBA, the Higher Education Funding Council of England and the Quality Assurance Agency, she said.

Its role in education could be that of enabler, similar to its work as an enabler for good design.

'Their brief is to encourage the best architecture they can, ' she said, 'so it's very important that students have the best academic experience in order to achieve that. Both CABE and SCHOSA have the same agenda to produce good young architects.'

The proposal emerged during SCHOSA's annual conference in Vienna a fortnight ago, attended by CABE deputy chairman Paul Finch.

Finch said: 'We are very conscious of the pressures, some of which are conflicting, on schools of architecture at the moment.We would like to help in this area and are examining ways in which we might be useful.'

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