The RIBA announced last week it wants to introduce a new paid-for category of membership for students
‘Student Plus’ membership would, according to draft proposals, cost £25 per annum and come with a range of benefits and services including subscription to RIBA magazine (usually £35 per annum).
Currently, students on RIBA accredited courses apply for free membership to the organisation but the rate of uptake is low, said John Devlin vice president for membership.
Devlin argued paid-for benefits might offer students a better value for money deal than a free membership without as many useful benefits.
‘I can’t see many students taking this one on,’ said Caine Crawford of Archaos. ‘Charging for something people don’t use for free is not the way to go’.
‘The only people giving advice to students currently are Archaos and a few individual efforts from within RIBA, the organisation as a whole just moves too slowly,’said Crawford. ‘The most recent student newsletter had no advice in it about how to get work’.
RIBA council voted to approve in principle the new category of membership which will undergo market testing before an official launch expected early next year.