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UEL architectural design technology programme receives professional accreditation

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Students studying on the BSc (Hons) Architectural Design and Technology course at the University of East London have received a major boost to their career prospects after their degree was awarded professional accreditation.

The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) recently informed Dr Heba Elsharkawy, the course leader, that an application for accreditation had been successful.

It means graduates of the degree course will meet the requirements for associate membership of the Institute. 

CIAT is the lead qualifying body for architectural technology and qualifies chartered architectural technologists.

Commenting on this the news, Dr Elsharkawy said: “With the Associate CIAT status, graduates will be able to access numerous benefits including career and professional development, professional recognition, prospective awards, and information concerning state-of-the-art technology.”

The Institute, founded in 1965, aims to promote the science and practice of architectural technology; facilitate the development and integration of technology into architecture and the wider construction industry; and advance the standards of education, competence, practice and conduct of members of the Institute.

The architectural degree programmes are taught at UEL’s School of Architecture, Computing, and Engineering (ACE). 

The School’s BSc (Part 1) and MArch (Part 2) in Architecture are accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Architects Registration Board (ARB).

According to the latest National Student Survey (NSS), the School’s student satisfaction levels rose from 77 per cent in 2015 to 89 per cent this year – well above the sector average of 86 per cent. Architecture ranked top in London for ‘assessment and feedback’ and ‘academic support’.

In May this year, the Guardian University Guide 2017 ranked the University second best for architecture in London and 11th best in the country.

Prospective students should visit the School’s architecture course pages to find out more.