Published: 25 March 2014

Reducing student cost in Architecture

School of Architecture

You told us:

In feedback through University surveys and through the Liverpool Guild of Students ‘Pound in your Pocket’ campaign, you told us that those studying subjects like architecture tend to experience high costs for academic materials on top of normal course costs.

What we did:

The School of Architecture has introduced a number of measures to reduce the cost that students face as part of their studies. Previously architects would have had to print large A1 size sheets regularly, so to save students money the School has installed high quality, short throw Digital projection in ten design review locations. The investment means that students can submit work digitally; avoiding the normal print costs for large items as well as print queue problems.

The system was piloted last year to extremely positive feedback, before being introduced across the School.

A recycled paper printer has also been purchased with funding from the Benefactors’ Fund, which provides low cost 3D models. The School has also committed to providing free or low cost recycled materials wherever possible by linking up with local suppliers to obtain off-cut plastics and wood.

A student shop is available in the School where space and racking is provided for free and students can buy materials such as foam board at wholesale rather than retail price.

Scholarships and prizes are also available as a result of a large number of endowments from graduates. At graduation the School awards more than £12,000 in prizes for high-achievers, plus another £6,000 if they return to study the MArch course.

A number of £1,000 scholarships and bursaries are also available both for new students and those entering their final year of study.

Have your say:

Do you study in the School of Architecture? Have you found the changes helpful to your pocket? Do you have suggestions for further improvements which could be considered?

If you’re a final year undergraduate, make sure you have your say by taking part in the National Student Survey. The survey is open until 30 April 2014 and is your opportunity to share your opinions on what you like about the University, as well as things that you feel could be improved – so don’t miss out! Students who are eligible to take part have been sent a message to their University email account with details about how to take part.

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