The Ove Arup Foundation has joined with a number of organisations to support the Lighting Education Trust (LET), committing £4,500 over five years.
This grant is helping the Trust to press ahead with a range of initiatives including the planning of basic training and CPD programmes, the accreditation and sponsorship of courses, and the monitoring and promotion of research.
The LET was established in 1995 in response to financial constraints facing the acclaimed Lighting MSc programme at University College London’s Bartlett School of Architecture. As an independent charity under the joint trusteeship of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers and the Institute of Lighting Engineers, it offered an acceptable way for the lighting profession and industry to address the shortfall in funding.
The Trust’s concern and commitment, which continue today, helped persuade University College London to direct resources towards saving the MSc course, which is unique in Europe. Government and other grants have also been won, with each £1 of LET funding leveraging a further £6 of external funding for lighting research and teaching.
With the LET support for the Bartlett MSc consolidated, the sponsoring companies turned their attention to the lack of structured sub-degree courses. The LET therefore set up an Accreditation Committee to develop a CD-ROM distance-learning package. A comprehensive syllabus was subsequently agreed, which South Bank University has developed into an extensive teaching programme, leading to the nationally recognised LET Diploma in Lighting.
You can find out more about the Lighting Education Trust and its activities by visiting www.lighting-education-trust.org.