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RIBA answers student call for a clear system

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With reference to 'Archaos calls for transparency' (AJ 2.10.03), we are in the process of making available summaries of the RIBA visiting board reports for all UK schools of architecture. The summaries include details of the RIBA validation status (continued or conditional validation), together with the details of any conditions imposed on a course and the actions and timescale required to discharge those conditions. This information is being presented alongside the excellent President's Medals website, www. presidentsmedals. com, and www. careersinarchitecture. net. In future, prospective architecture students, when selecting which architectural courses to apply to, should have all the necessary information regarding a course's validated status.

Now that the RIBA has resumed full responsibility for validation in the UK, it is our intention to make the system even more transparent to students and those applying to study architecture. We have thus asked SCHOSA to consider a RIBA proposal to publish full visiting board reports (rather than summaries as at present) for the boards conducted by us from this September.

The final piece of the jigsaw is the classification of RIBArecognised courses on the UCAS database. The RIBA initiated a conversation with UCAS on this issue 12 months ago, and good progress is being made to ensure that the relevant information is collected and published by UCAS.

Leonie Milliner, RIBA director of education

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