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Next update due: May 2018

Background

In July 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 has been 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 made the following decisions:

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.

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 have now formed a Joint Criteria Working Group which met for the first time on 26 February 2018. The Joint Working Group has since 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 May meeting for consideration.  If the Board is satisfied with the drafts, they will then be issued for formal consultation over the summer.  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 10 May 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 – April 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

May 2018

Presentation

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

Late May 2018 – Late August 2018

Consultation

Consultation period

Late August/early September 2018

Consultation feedback

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

September 2018

Consideration and approval

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

 

Approval of revised Criteria by the Board

September 2019

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 – April 2018

Revisions to the Procedures

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

May 2018

Presentation

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

Late May 2018 – late August 2018

Consultation

Consultation period

Late August/early September 2018

Consultation feedback

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

September 2018

Consideration and approval

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

 

Approval of revised Procedures by the Board

September 2019

Procedures become effective

Procedures become effective

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