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Oxford University’s Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre

Universities dominate Stirling shortlist

THREE of the six buildings shortlisted for this year’s RIBA Stirling Prize are at British universities. They are University of Roehampton’s Chadwick Hall, Worcester College, Oxford University’s Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre and Cambridge University’s Storey’s Field Community Centre and Nursery. Commenting, Julian Robinson, Chair of

the Higher Education Design Quality Forum (HEDQF), which promotes high-quality design in university campuses, said: “This is simply unprecedented and demonstrates universities are one of the most important patrons of the best architecture in the UK.” He noted that all three universities are long term members of HEDQF and have track records of achieving high quality design in their estates. Dr. Ghazwa Alwani-Starr, Director of

Property at the University of London, HEDQF Trustee and former Director of Estates at the University of Roehampton said: “I am delighted that the projects at Roehampton have been recognised for

their design excellence. As a team, our aim was to create buildings and landscapes that our students and staff loved. To achieve this we prioritised careful selection of the teams we worked with, design quality and construction materials; simple as it sounds, the rest/just followed." The architect Niall McLaughlin will be

hoping to make it third time lucky after receiving his third Stirling nomination in five years, for the auditorium at Worcester College. This year’s shortlist for architecture’s

most prestigious prize is: • Bloomberg, London, by Foster & Partners • Bushey Cemetery, Hertfordshire, by Waugh Thistleton Architects

• Chadwick Hall, University of Roehampton, London, by Henley Halebrown

• New Tate St Ives, Cornwall, by Jamie Fobert Architects with Evans & Shalev

• Storey’s Field Community Centre and Nursery, Cambridge, by MUMA

• The Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre, Worcester College, Oxford, by Niall

McLaughlin Architects RIBA president Ben Derbyshire said:

“Each of the projects on this year’s shortlist shows the power and payback of investing in quality architecture, illustrating perfectly how well-designed buildings are worth every penny and can exceed the expectations of the community they serve. “It doesn’t go unnoticed that half of the

buildings were commissioned by UK universities, suggesting that parts of the higher education sector value the importance of improving the quality of their buildings and estates to reward and attract students, staff and visitors, and to make a positive contribution to their local area. It’s encouraging to see clients who recognise the broad range of benefits that can be achieved by working with skilled and resourceful architects, and I hope more public-sector organisations will follow their lead.” The winner will be announced on

October 10. Students and Minister call for improvement

THE 2018 National Student Survey results, capturing the views of over 320,000 students, show that while student satisfaction levels remain high, universities and colleges must do more to ensure a positive experience for all students, says Universities Minister Sam Gyimah. Gyimah said: “It is brilliant to see

continually high satisfaction rates but we

need to keep improving. That is why I want to see universities and colleges using this data to enhance and develop their offer for those choosing to study there.” Overall satisfaction is 83 per cent in

comparison with 84 per cent last year. Eight per cent were neither satisfied nor dissatisfied with their higher education experience and the remaining eight per

cent were dissatisfied. Nicola Dandridge, Chief Executive of

the Office for Students, said: “I am pleased to see the overall satisfaction rate remains high, but the data shows that there is more work to be done to ensure all students have a high quality and fulfilling experience of higher education that enriches their lives and careers.”

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