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Why no interest in Winterschool?

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As one of the organisers of this year's Winterschool, held at Newcastle, I was delighted to read Paul Hyett's review of the event (aj 21.1.99). However, I am

confused as to how he can see it as 'one of the most important events in the academic calendar', when we received little or no interest from most universities across the country. Unless those with influence show some enthusiasm for Winterschool, the uphill struggle we fought to make it happen will become a downhill fall.

I agree with Paul that the event is an invaluable part of our architectural education - where else do today's students have the chance to explore with so much freedom the diverse areas touched by architecture? But until there is some recognition of the need for more freedom of choice within our static educational system, students will continue to be denied vital avenues of self-development.

Good luck to all those involved in the riba education review, and good luck to next year's Winterschool organisers, at Liverpool. Some of us appreciate that it is worth the work - hopefully more will do soon.

RUTH SAXTON

Newcastle University

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