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Salter leaves East London University as schools merge

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Peter Salter is leaving his post as head of school at the University of East London, following the merger of the architecture and design schools.

Salter, who will take early retirement at the end of October after seven years in the post, said he was sad to leave, but cited frustration at the changing nature of the job.

'Like all universities, there are a lot of problems with a shortage of funding from central government. Under those circumstances, I can't develop the school as I would like. I can't do it under the present financing of the school.'

Increasingly the school was taking on more students for the same number of teachers, Salter said. As a result of the merger, the architecture school will move from Holbrook in Stratford to the University's Docklands Campus.

The school will begin discussions with students and staff as soon as the new term begins to seek suggestions for a replacement, in addition to advertising the post. Salter, 55, is not sure of his next move, but said he planned to get his Part 3 and concentrate on designing.

lProfessor Thom Gorst is taking over as head of school at Birmingham School of Architecture and Landscape.

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