The University of Kent School of Architecture is defending itself against accusations that a brief asking students to design torture implements was inappropriate.
‘When viewed in the context of the other two modules on this course, this assignment makes sense,’ insists a university spokesman. ‘The entire project was inspired by Amnesty International, which the students have been working closely with.’
Last week it emerged that one of the 12 first-year masters students taking the course had lodged a complaint with the university, and subsequently been permitted to work to an altered brief.
But according to the university, the second stage of the project asked students to create implements that could disable the torture devices.
The final module, which students are now tackling, asks students to design new headquarters for Amnesty International.
‘The course will not be repeated, since we devise new projects every year,’ says the spokesman, who confirms that no university staff will face disciplinary action.