Centre of Excellence Accolade Builds Architecture Courses' Reputation

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Date posted: 17 October 2013

The University of Derby has been awarded 'Centre of Excellence' status for Architectural Technology - making it one of only four in the UK - by a top international professional institute.

The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) is the lead qualifying body for architectural technology, representing those practising and studying within the discipline. Architectural technologists design the technology around architecture.

Commending the University's research activities in the area of architectural technology CIAT has now confirmed that Derby has been made one of only four of its 'Centres of Excellence' in the UK.

The CIAT panel's report said: "The University has demonstrated a high standard with regard to academic and research staff and resources, commitment to the promotion of CIAT, and the promotion of research and scholarly activity (within architectural technology). The panel agreed that the range of research activities at the University is to be commended."

Commenting on the CIAT accolade Dr Boris Ceranic, Programme Leader for BSc and MSc Architectural Programmes at the University of Derby, said: "This is obviously great news for Architectural Technology at the University. It's a fitting reward for all the hard work that staff have put into making the course academically rigorous but vocationally orientated, interesting for students and relevant to the industry they will be going into."

Professor Sam Allwinkle, Chairman of the Education Board at the CIAT, added: "I am delighted to see more universities attaining Centre of Excellence status and look forward to our continuing partnerships in developing the discipline of architectural technology."

Derby's CIAT Centre of Excellence status is valid for five years, until 2018, when the University will be able to apply again to retain it.

The University of Derby offers one CIAT Accredited course, the BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology and Practice.

Its other Architecture courses include:

For more information on the University of Derby's Architecture courses see website www.derby.ac.uk/engineering-technology

Media requiring further information on this news release should contact Sean Kirby, University of Derby Press and PR Officer, on 01332 591891 or email: s.kirby@derby.ac.uk

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