The Stansfield Smith report has 'fudged a vital opportunity', the dean of Sheffield University's architectural faculty Bryan Lawson told council.
'To continue to believe in five years of undergraduate funding is wrong.' he said. 'It is damaging the students, the staff and the schools. It withdraws and withholds funding in the way it restricts post-graduate work.'
Lawson called five-year funding 'largely mythical' as the financial support for students is being eroded rapidly. 'In a few years, ' he said, 'we will be expecting students to pay for two years more undergraduate learning that is inferior to most other courses.' He added: 'Postgraduate work is the engine of most departments. It is largely missing in our subject. The lack of development is holding back our subject.'
In other ways, however, Lawson was broadly supportive of the report, as were other council members. Roger Stonehouse, who said, 'I have been absolutely distraught about the Stansfield Smith Review as it went along, ' described the finished document as 'a reversal, a revelation and an enormous relief.'
Paul Hyett, vice-president for education, presented the report, saying: 'It's very challenging, there is much for us to think about.We seek that council should note this report.We are asking for the authority to use it as a basis for discussion with other bodies.We will bring forward suggestions which can be adopted and are brokerable.'
Council approved the recommendation that this power be passed to the Policy Management Board.
SCHOSA (the Standing Conference of Heads of Schools of Architecture) last week endorsed the principles of the Stansfield Smith Review. It says it 'believes that the review now gives the opportunity for the main issues ofthe profession, education and the validation prosesses relating to both, being positively addressed.'