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Save the RIBA education fund

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Tucked away on p82 of the May riba Journal is the last paragraph of a report by John Grigsby. It is noted that the riba education trust fund has a diminishing capital and no income stream. The next paragraph implies that the problem can only be solved by injection of a great deal of money. This implies that it will be allowed to die.

This is a sad end to 60 years of benevolence by architects for students who are suffering poverty and also a provision for some small-scale research. During its life arcuk, through the registration fee, gave a varying amount to the education fund - which varied from 50 per cent of 7s6d (the registration fee in 1931) to 16 per cent of the £30 fee in 1996.

Of the £4.80 paid by every registered architect prior to the change from arcuk to arb, £4 was devoted to the relief of hardship for students and 80p for the research fund.

Is it too much to ask the riba to devote a similar amount, perhaps rounded up to £5 of the subscription of £220, to continue funding the education trust fund? Alternatively, although not so satisfactory, it could appear as a donation on the annual subscription form, as does a donation to the abs.


Amersham, Bucks

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