Malcolm Higgs, head of Canterbury School of Architecture, is leaving at the end of this year to set up a consultancy in architectural history and education. Higgs said it was becoming too difficult to combine research with the administration requirements of a head of school: carrying out significant research (or practice) was only possible in larger schools where people could take leave of absence. Higgs said his successor would 'have to be interested in the art-school milieu [Canterbury is part of the Kent Institute of Art and Design], but research is also important'. The school was specially praised in the last Research Assessment Exercise.
Canterbury hopes to have a successor in place for the next academic year. Newcastle is also seeking a head of school, as John Wiltshire is due to retire.