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Vacancy for Independent Adviser European Notifications

The Architects Registration Board (ARB) is the UK’s statutory regulator of architects, set up by Parliament under the Architects Act 1997.  ARB is looking to appoint an independent adviser to its Prescription Committee with a specific focus on reviewing European qualifications notified to the European Commission by other EEA states, and UK qualifications to be notified to the Commission for compliance with the requirements of the Professional Qualifications Directive (2005/36/EC).

The Independent Adviser (European Notifications) is expected to make a contribution to ARB’s role as the UK’s Competent Authority by drafting initial observations and recommendations on European notifications for review by the UK’s Nominated Expert in Architecture.  They may also be called upon by the Prescription Committee to advise on European matters or by ARB to guide UK Higher Education institutions seeking to develop new qualifications and/or make changes to existing prescribed qualifications in line with the Directive.  They are also expected to bring their independent judgment, experience and critical detachment to any Committee’s discussions.

Independent Advisers will be appointed for a period of four years in the first instance. The appointment may be renewed for a further period of four years subject to satisfactory performance. Independent Advisers carrying out this specific role may be appointed for a maximum period of two consecutive terms, e.g., eight years, in line with the Board’s policy on the appointment of advisers and external professionals.

As a registered UK architect, with a background in higher education, applicants will have prior experience of delivering and developing, or reviewing, architectural qualifications and of higher education quality assurance processes within the UK and Europe.  They will also have experience and knowledge of engaging with current policy developments and issues that impact upon the higher education sector within the UK, Europe and overseas.  Knowledge of the Professional Qualifications Directive (2005/36/EC) and ARB’s procedures and criteria for prescribing qualifications is desirable. Knowledge of another European language would be an advantage, but is not essential.

The total commitment is likely to be equivalent to 12-15 days a year (subject to change), including relevant meetings usually held at ARB offices.  This may also include other relevant committee meeting and meetings regarding European matters, attendance at briefing sessions, preparation time for meetings as well as the preparation of advice to the Prescription Committee and/or UK Higher Education institutions.  In return, we offer £275 a day for attendance at the above mentioned meetings and briefing sessions, as well as £55 an hour for reading/preparation time for such meetings.  Reasonable expenses for travel and subsistence will also be paid.  All payments are subject to tax and National Insurance contributions, and the deductions are made at source.

Closing date:                      9am on Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Interview dates:                 July/August 2017

If you are interested in applying for the position of Independent Adviser (European Notifications), please return the completed application form and equality monitoring form to Marc Stoner, Head of Finance and Resources:

By email to   or

By post to            Architects Registration Board, 8 Weymouth Street, London, W1W 5BU

Before:                 9am on Wednesday 12 July 2017

We are committed to equal opportunities and values diversity in its workforce.

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