RIBA has launched two schemes offering financial support to architecture students during year out placements in the UK and abroad
It comes as the latest RIBA Future Trends Survey warned that students will struggle financially due to the recession, with average student employment level at 55 per cent in comparison with the average year-on-year staffing levels recorded in the April survey of 83 per cent.
The RIBA Walter Parker Bursary will provide 40 bursaries of £500 in 2009/10 each to help students to meet costs such as relocation and travel expenses. The new hardship scheme is aimed at Part 1 students during professional experience.
The bursary complements the RIBA Education Fund which provides financial assistance to students of architecture enrolled in either Part 1 or Part 2.
Meanwhile, the RIBA Boyd Auger Scholarship has been extended to support students doing both research and professional experience abroad. Established in 2008 to support student travel towards research, it provides at least one scholarship of up to £5,000 for a period of international professional experience between six and 12 months.
John-Paul Nunes, head of education projects at the RIBA said: ‘We are delighted that we are launching these two funding programmes to support students of architecture doing professional experience at a time of severe financial hardship for students. The results from the recent Future Trend Surveys conducted by the RIBA indicate that there are concerns about the economic welfare of students and the opportunities for them to complete the professional practice component of their architectural education. We hope that these two new initiatives address this serious issue and support students to complete their studies.’
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