The annual meeting of Lighting Teachers was started by Professor James Bell of Manchester University and has come under the auspices of the Lighting Education Trust since his retirement. Now run by LET in association with the CIBSE Daylight Group, it has been held most years at CIBSE in Balham though on several occasions it has taken place in accommodation offered by a university.
The meeting was set up and remains as an open forum for the exchange of information, sharing of research, discussion of developments and, indeed, an informal airing of views between a spectrum of participants from academics, through trade and professional institutions, to training managers or the “just interested”. There is a simple agenda where the opportunity to be updated by different colleges, institutions and other groups sparks lively and informative interactions.
Often, participants give notice of wishing to make a brief presentation on a subject being pursued, sharing knowledge and enjoying feedback and valuable input from their academic and commercial peers in the profession.
The last couple of years have seen a strong revival of interest in new and re-structured architectural lighting programmes, after a period when the only undergraduate courses have been those focussed mainly on the entertainment and events industry.
As an umbrella body responding to the requirements of the industry and profession, LET has taken an active supporting role. The ability to provide assistance with the emphasis and content in syllabuses helps to ensure that employers’ expectations will be met and that qualifications will have comparable values recognisable by the Professional institutions and associations. The Lighting Teachers’ meetings have helped to guide and define that contribution.
The next meeting will be held on Wednesday 12 February 2014 at a venue to be confirmed.
The minutes of the meeting held on 6 February 2013 have not yet been published. To see the agenda of that meeting click here