Britain’s Bartlett School of Architecture has launched a new scheme to help struggling architects and young practitioners survive the recession.

The scheme by University College London’s (UCL) faculty of the built environment features three new educational programmes.

The knowledge transfer programme could potentially count towards students’ professional education and development resource (PEDR) on a year out.

It will also offer practices up to £500 a month to fund graduates, postgraduates and current employees to carry out a research project with the Bartlett as an academic partner.

The initiative is backed by funds from the government’s economic challenge investment fund (ECIF) and students will be exempt from all general overhead costs on the programmes.