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Next update due: November 2018

Background

In July 2017 the Board agreed to undertake cyclical reviews of its Criteria for the Prescription of Qualifications and its Procedures for the Prescription of Qualifications. Further information on the background to these reviews and the Board’s objectives can be found here.

Throughout September and early October 2017 as part of a pre-consultation exercise, we gathered information and feedback from a range of stakeholders to inform these reviews from every corner of the United Kingdom. We held five round-table events in Glasgow, Belfast, Cardiff, Nottingham and London respectively to hear stakeholders’ views first hand we also received over 100 responses to our online pre-consultation survey. At its July meeting, the Board agreed that two Task & Finish Groups should be appointed, one each for the Criteria and Procedures reviews respectively, to lead on these reviews. After an open recruitment process in September 2017 we appointed the following Task & Finish Group members in addition to an independent Chair who has been working with both groups to ensure consistency of approach and that the Board’s objectives are delivered.

Task and Finish Group Recommendations

All of the feedback received to date was compiled and analysed by each group. The recommendations of the Criteria Task and Finish Group, made after considering the results of the consultation on the current Criteria and Procedures, were presented to the Board at its meeting on 23 November 2017. The papers presented the Board can be found here.

The Board noted and agreed the following:

Criteria Review

To note the feedback gathered through the pre-consultation exercise.  To discuss the outcomes of the feedback and the Criteria Task and Finish Group’s suggestions and recommendations in relation to the next steps of the review.  To agree the strategic direction that the next steps of the review should take.

  1. The Board noted the summary of the pre-consultation feedback relating to the Criteria Review and noted the positions of the Quality Assurance Agency and the RIBA;
  2. The Board agreed that the Criteria Task and Finish Group’s recommendations should form the basis of the next steps of the review, i.e., the Criteria Task and Finish Group should review these areas of the Criteria [refer to point 5iii of the paper for the recommendations]; and
  3. The Board agreed that ARB’s Criteria Task and Finish Group should continue its work, whilst ARB holds discussions with the RIBA to determine whether alignment between the Board’s objectives and the Task and Finish Group’s recommendations with the RIBA’s aspirations can be achieved [Option 1 within the paper].

We have progressed our Criteria review on this basis.

Procedures Review

  1. The Board noted the summary of the pre-consultation feedback relating to the Procedures Review;
  2. The Board noted the Procedures Task and Finish Group’s recommendations at key point iii) and agreed that these, along with the Staff’s suggestions in key point iv), should form the basis of the next steps of the review.

We have progressed our Procedures review on this basis.

Progress Updates:

September 2018

At an informal meeting between the Board and the Criteria Task and Finish Group in late July 2018, the Board members present raised several queries about some aspects of the draft Criteria and asked the Task and Finish Group to undertake some further work.

At its meeting on 11 September 2018, the Board discussed a revised draft of the Criteria and agreed that ARB should now re-engage with the RIBA to develop the Criteria further.  Both organisations continue to share the aim of holding the Criteria in common.

The Board also noted that work had continued on revising the Procedures over the summer period.  The staff team are awaiting further clarification regarding the structure and content of the revised Criteria before finalising a draft of the revised Procedures.  Once a draft has been finalised the Procedures Task and Finish Group and the Criteria Task and Finish Group will be brought together to discuss whether the relevant elements of the Procedures will continue to be operable in line with the Board’s objectives for this business as usual review.

May 2018

At its meeting on 11 May 2018, the Board considered a paper on the Criteria review to date.  In summary, the Joint Working Group’s first meeting took place in February 2018 and opinions on the structure and content of the revised Criteria were discussed. At the meeting it was agreed that both parties would continue to work on proposals and the RIBA subsequently provided suggestions for Criteria at Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 which were passed to the ARB Task and Finish Group for review.

After careful review the Task and Finish Group felt that the RIBA’s proposals would not fulfill the review’s objectives, but upon reflection felt that its own original proposals could also be improved upon. The Group therefore proposed alternative approaches to the structure and content of the Criteria be explored. RIBA expressed disappointment in the Group’s initial feedback and indicated they would re-engage with the Criteria review once there was a set of draft Criteria at Parts 1, 2, and 3 for them to consider.

At the Board meeting in May, the Board:

  1. Noted the position regarding the progress of the Criteria Review;
  2. Noted the position of the RIBA;
  3. Agreed that the ARB Criteria Task and Finish Group should continue to develop Criteria that would satisfy ARB’s objectives (as agreed in July 2017). The Board advised that the Task and Finish Group should focus on developing Criteria at Part 1 and 2 levels using the 11 points and other relevant amplifications in order to differentiate between each level. As part of this, the Board requested that the Group should review whether programme level qualification descriptors, for example, were an appropriate way of differentiating between the Criteria at Part 1 and Part 2 level;
  4. Agreed that the Group should continue its review of the Part 3 level Criteria;
  5. Agreed that the Task and Finish Group should provide an initial draft of the revised Criteria to the Board; and
  6. Agreed that once the Board had considered the Criteria, ARB would re-engage with the RIBA.

February 2018

At its meeting on 14 February 2018, the Board noted that our Criteria and Procedures Task and Finish Groups had started work on redrafting both the Criteria and the Procedures documents.  Following the Board’s decision that we should hold further discussions with the RIBA, we formed a Joint Criteria Working Group which met for the first time on 26 February 2018. The Joint Working Group released the following statement:

‘ARB and RIBA have commenced a set of meetings with the aim of developing a set of draft revised criteria that will meet each organisation’s respective objectives and that can be shared with other stakeholders for initial feedback before going out to formal public consultation. Both organisations are committed to striving to continue to hold a single set of criteria in common if possible.  We will be exploring the strengthening of professionalism, ethics and social responsibility in the new criteria.’

We are aiming to provide the Board with revised drafts of the Criteria and the Procedures at its November 2018 meeting for consideration. We will continue to engage with our stakeholders throughout the process of developing both the Criteria and Procedures over the coming weeks.

We will be providing further updates on the progress of the Criteria and Procedures Reviews on this page. The next update will be added after the Board’s meeting on 29 November 2018.

If you would like any further information at this stage please contact Emma Matthews, Head of Qualifications and Governance, on emmam@arb.org.uk or 020 7580 5861

Members of the Criteria Task and Finish Group

Stan Lester – Chair, Independent Consultant
Bill Hodgson – Proprietor, Hodgson Gabb Studio and Part-time Teaching Fellow, Barlett School of the Built Environment UCL
Carol Norton – Director, Norton Ellis
Damien Day – Head of Education, General Pharmaceutical Council
Elena Marco – Head of Department of Architecture and the Build Environment, University of the West of England
Janet Bohrer – Director of the Academic Quality Development Office, London South Bank University
Stephen Brookhouse – Interim Dean of Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, University of Westminster

A short biography for each Task and Finish group member can be found here.

Members of the Procedures Task and Finish Group

Stan Lester – Chair, Independent Consultant
Ian Jeal – Global Director of Education and Qualification Standards, Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors
Richard Harrison – Head of Learning and Teaching Development, Newcastle University
Tony Clelford – Practitioner and Part 3 Course Leader, University of Greenwich

A short biography for each Task and Finish group member can be found here.

Criteria Review: Activities and Timescales

August 2017 – October 2017

Pre-consultation exercise

Undertake a wide ranging pre-consultation exercise and gather information from ARB’s stakeholders, including holding initial discussions with Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)/Quality Assurance Agency (QAA).

August 2017 – October 2017

ARB Task and Finish Group

Appoint and establish an ARB Task and Finish Group to undertake the review

October 2017 – November 2017

Analysis and review

ARB’s Task and Finish Group to undertake an initial analysis and review of information gathered from pre-consultation exercise and evidence gathering stage

23 November 2017

ARB Board Meeting

The Board to review the pre-consultation feedback and to take strategic decisions regarding the direction of travel of the review

November 2017 – November 2018

Revisions to the Criteria

ARB’s Task and Finish Group to develop revisions to the Criteria

Engagement with RIBA and QAA including the establishment of a Joint ARB RIBA Criteria Working Group

November 2018*

Presentation

Presentation of draft revised Criteria to the Board. If approved, issue for consultation

*date subject to change

December 2018 – February 2019*

Consultation

Consultation period

*date subject to change

March 2019*

Consultation feedback

Consideration of consultation feedback by ARB’s Task and Finish Group

*date subject to change

May 2019*

Consideration and approval

Consideration of consultation feedback and Task and Finish Group’s recommendations by the Board

Approval of revised Criteria by the Board

*date subject to change

TBC

Criteria become effective

Criteria become effective for the purpose of prescribing qualifications and practical training experience

Procedures Review: Activities and Timescales

August 2017 – October 2017

Pre-consultation exercise

Undertake a wide ranging pre-consultation exercise and gather information from ARB’s stakeholders

August 2017 – October 2017

ARB Task and Finish Group

Appoint and establish an ARB Task and Finish Group to undertake the review

October 2017 - November 2017

Analysis and review

ARB’s Task and Finish Group to undertake an initial analysis and review of information gathered from pre-consultation exercise and evidence gathering stage

23 November 2017

ARB Board meeting

The Board to review the pre-consultation feedback and to take strategic decisions regarding the direction of travel of the review

November 2017 – November 2018

Revisions to the Procedures

ARB’s Task and Finish Group to develop revisions to the procedures

November 2018*

Presentation

Presentation of draft revised Procedures to the Board; if approved, issue for consultation

*date subject to change

December 2018 – February 2019*

Consultation

Consultation period

*date subject to change

March 2019*

Consultation feedback

Consideration of consultation feedback by ARB’s Task and Finish Group

*date subject to change

May 2019*

Consideration and approval

Consideration of consultation feedback and Task and Finish Group’s recommendations by the Board

Approval of revised Procedures by the Board

*date subject to change

TBC

Procedures become effective

Procedures become effective

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