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By Paul Fender

ECE supports students in Brighton and Portsmouth University

ECE has committed to supporting students by participating in the RIBA mentoring scheme.

The scheme is offered to students in the final year of their undergraduate course and ECE supports up to 4 students each year from Brighton and Portsmouth University.

As part of the mentoring support Director Paul Fender and Associate David MacDonald provide three structured sessions per year, two site visits and one office based visit. In addition they offer students portfolio advice, mock interviews and help with their technical case studies. This gives students a fantastic opportunity to gain valuable onsite expertise and to prepare them for the next stage in their architectural education.

Here’s what our current students have to say:

“ECE have enabled me to gain important experience and truly understand how an architecture firm works. I have been able to develop a project with real clients and see through a project development from plans to building site. My favourite part of the mentoring scheme has been the opportunity to do a site visit and see in person a building coming into fruition. I wouldn’t have had this opportunity without ECE.” 

Sophia Johnson, Portsmouth University Student

“The mentoring scheme really improved my confidence talking to architectural practitioners about my work and their projects which really helped in recent job interviews. Being mentored by ECE gave me the opportunity to leave the security of university and gain an insight into the day to day running of an architectural practice. It helped me put into perspective how all the things we learn at university will be applied to a real project.”

Stephanie Wyant, Portsmouth University Student

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