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Central Saint Martins and London College of Fashion feature in top 10 fashion schools worldwide

Central Saint Martins and London College of Fashion have been listed in the top 10 fashion schools worldwide for undergraduate courses in the first Business of Fashion (BoF) Global Fashion School Rankings. Both colleges are also listed in the top five for postgraduate fashion courses.

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The BoF Global Fashion School Rankings feature the top 21 undergraduate and 10 graduate fashion programmes in the world. The new rankings are based on BoF analysis of 60 data points collected directly from 24 participating fashion schools in 11 countries, a survey of more than 4,000 fashion students and alumni, plus a survey of 88 HR professionals and fashion influencers. Each course was evaluated on three different areas of global influence, learning experience and long-term value.

UAL Vice-Chancellor Nigel Carrington said: “To have two UAL colleges – Central Saint Martins and London College of Fashion – placed so highly in these rankings further reiterates UAL’s position as a world-class provider of fashion education. It’s particularly rewarding to be recognised by rankings which are based on the views of students and alumni as well as fashion influencers. UAL alumni have a huge influence on the fashion industry, making up more than half of the 78 labels showing at London Fashion Week this year alone, and based on the quality of our recently-graduated students’ work it’s a trend I predict will continue.”

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Central Saint Martins BA Fashion Course Director and Fashion Programme Director Willie Walters said of the results: “I’m very pleased to see the results of the BoF fashion school rankings. These results are a genuine tribute to our dedicated staff team.”

Central Saint Martins MA Fashion Course Director Fabio Piras said: “I am honoured by the MA Fashion course’s results in the BoF fashion school rankings and take it as an immense accolade for the entire team. Our work is to educate with honesty and passion, to enhance and nurture qualities that enable to develop and sustain a rewarding professional life. We define ourselves as being at the origin of the careers of many influencers working in an industry context worldwide and we want to see our graduates continue to shape the future of the fashion industry. Their success can be seen in their work both for major labels internationally and under their own names.”

UAL Pro Vice-Chancellor and Head of London College of Fashion Frances Corner said: “We are delighted to be included as one of the top ten schools in BoF’s global fashion school rankings. This ranking reflects London College of Fashion, UAL’s positioning as a leading global provider of fashion education, research and consultancy. Building upon our achievements this year we will continue to nurture the future of fashion through our specialist undergraduate and postgraduate courses and initiatives such as our Fashion Business School. We very much welcome BoF’s new education focus and look forward to using it as a platform for sharing specialist knowledge.”

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UAL leads unique design project to improve youth mental health

UAL has led a ground-breaking new design project in partnership with Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT), using art and design to explore young people’s experiences of mental health services and how they can be improved.

UAL Early Lab is a new initiative led by UAL Chair of Communication Design Nick Bell and Camberwell College of Arts BA 3D Design tutor Fabiane Lee-Perrella, giving UAL students the opportunity to collaborate across the University to use design to drive social change.

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UAL Early Lab students 

UAL Early Lab’s first project opportunity saw students and academics spend a week working closely alongside NSFT’s clinicians and members of its Youth Council, made up of young service-users in Norfolk and Suffolk, exploring issues around mental health using design techniques such as storyboarding and stop-frame animation.

The UAL team presented its findings to commissioners, stakeholders and voluntary sector groups from across Norfolk. Their recommendations include:

• decentralising and distributing the service across the sparsely populated region

• offering a mobile and pop-up service for the convenience of users – where they are

• connecting to users through a new online platform designed to speak in their voice

• providing information, access to services and youth provisions through the online platform

• creating a seamless, integrated service across health, social care, education and youth justice

• concentrating on prevention, awareness and early intervention, especially in schools

• normalising mental health in schools.

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UAL Early Lab co-founders Nick Bell and Fabiane Lee-Perrella 

Following the success of the presentation and overall collaboration, NSFT commissioners are planning to use the findings in the imminent transformation of services for young people, and also to influence practice further afield.

Consultant Psychiatrist and Deputy Medical Director (Research) at NSFT Dr Jon Wilson said:

“I’m very excited by this project. I think it will give us the ammunition to drive change forward in Norfolk mental health services for young people. And because of links nationally, I think we can use that to articulate this around the whole of the country and start to give people the confidence that things can be different.”

UAL Chair of Communication Design and co-founder of UAL Early Lab Nick Bell said:

“I wanted to find an opportunity for students to use design much earlier than usual, right at the start of something. At the start it is possible to address the root causes of social issues and that increases chances of contributing to outcomes that are resilient and sustainable.

“I told Dr Jon Wilson I wanted to take UAL Early Lab to a place where an issue is active and to work responsively with people who endure those issues every day in that place. Jon invited UAL Early Lab to Norfolk to work with NSFT’s Youth Council. Having a group of young, talented UAL students collaborating with his bright, young service users very much appealed to him.”

NSFT Youth Council member and service user Katie-Louise Davis said of the experience:

“This was such a new and different concept to work with. I feel that the fact we worked together so well is amazing and shows that two passions; mental health and art and design, can collide to form something beneficial and inspiring.”

London College of Fashion MA Fashion Futures graduate Kat Thiel said:

“For us it was amazing to actually have hands-on experience where you are really grasping what it is to socially interact and to socially design.”

Camberwell College of Arts BA 3D Design tutor and co-founder of UAL Early Lab Fabiane Lee-Perrella said:

“So called ‘Design Thinking’ removes making from the design process – the supposedly intimidating bit. UAL Early Lab places making at the centre of our connection with people. We use processes of making to unlock personal capacities.

“We collected information from the bottom to the top and we wove all this information through with the perspective of the outsider, from the perspective of the maker. We made things and we brought this back to them as a set of proposals and findings they can take forward.”

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UAL Early Lab presenting their recommendations to commissioners, stakeholders and voluntary sector groups

Members of the Youth Council and UAL Early Lab team will present the findings from the project at the International Association for Youth Mental Health (IAYMH) conference in Montreal, Canada in October.

Videos created by the team about the project can be found on YouTube, and you can also read blog entries written by project participants.

Inspirational quotes from UAL honourees 2015

Congratulations to the class of 2015 on a fantastic graduation week at the Southbank Centre. Speeches were made, hats were thrown, photos were snapped and the clapping and cheering from proud friends and families nearly took the roof off the Royal Festival Hall.

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We had an exceptional list of honorary graduates this year, all of whom had inspiring and energising words of wisdom to pass on to our new graduates. We’ve picked our favourites below.

Bill Amberg: “Remember to look up. Take everything in and make the most of opportunities.”

Zeinab Badawi: “If you are always guided by passion and compassion, you will truly have a life of meaning.”

Jonathan Barnbrook: “Be nice. Your personality is as much a part of your portfolio as your work.”

Simon Costin: “Stay weird and stay wonderful. Come on, class of 2015 – get out there and ruffle some feathers!”

Ilse Crawford: “Ask questions and be curious. Everyone wants to be interesting, but it’s so much better to be interested.”

Tacita Dean: “Stick with your process, don’t be afraid to make mistakes and take your time.”

Theo Fennell: “You are the luckiest people in the world with your whole creative lives ahead of you.”

Ralph Fiennes: “Let us, as artists, never stop asking questions & provoking each other to interpret.”

Tom Hardy: “It’s okay to fail. You learn so much more from failure – it’s not embarrassing.”

Phoebe Philo: “Be brave. Work hard, be true to yourself, and remember to enjoy yourself along the way.”

Peter Saville: “Your education hasn’t finished today. You have just started.”

To get an even better idea of the happy atmosphere of graduation week, you can search for our very popular hashtag #UALgrads on Twitter or on Instagram.

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[Photos by Ivan Jones]

UAL sustainability projects gain national nominations and awards

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UAL’s commitment to sustainability has been celebrated through a series of nominations and awards. UAL talent received several nominations and an award at the recent Observer Ethical Awards, which was followed by seven nominations for this year’s Green Gown Awards.

The Observer Ethical Awards, which took place on 2 July at the V&A and are now in their tenth year, highlight ethical and environmental success throughout the UK and internationally. UAL’s work on improving the ethical and environmental standards of its suppliers – through the implementation of an index measuring sustainability ineconomic, social and environmental terms – led to a nomination in the arts and culture category. Visit meetthetide.com to find out more

The sustainable style category award was won by a group of London College of Fashion alumni from the Centre for Sustainable Fashion. They currently work as mentors at the Centre, and their enterprise, ‘Here Today Here Tomorrow’ sells fashion items and accessories that have a known provenance. Also shortlisted for the sustainable style award was London College of Fashion’s Rosalie McMillan, who works on the Centre for Sustainable Fashion’s business support programme. She was nominated for her handcrafted ‘java rock’ necklace, made from material derived from recycled coffee grounds. Lucy Siegle, who hosted the awards, was wearing an outfit from womenswear brand Kitty Ferreira, which was founded by London College of Fashion graduate Valerie Goode and is also part of the Centre’s business support programme. The Centre’s director, fashion designer Dilys Williams, has held the honour of sitting on the judging panel since 2008, and was joined this year by luminaries including children’s charity founder Camila Batmanghelidjh and broadcaster Stacey Dooley.

UAL also received several nominations for the Green Gown Awards including a nomination in the food and drink category for ‘Food for Life’, its catering facility, the first of its kind to receive the Gold Catering Mark by the Soil Association. The Green Gown Awards recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges across the UK. Other nominated projects came from London College of Fashion, including Rachel Clowes’s ‘Grow a Garment’ initiative in the research and development category and ‘Creative Collaborations/Design+Make’ in the community innovation category. London College of Fashion’s Professor Frances Corner OBE, Dr Rosemary Willatt and student Charlotte Rebekah Instone have also been shortlisted for the awards.

These accolades demonstrate the impact of UAL’s sustainability agenda. The finalists of the Green Gown Awards will be announced on 26 November.

Find out more

The Observer Ethical Awards

The Green Gown Awards

UAL’s sustainability index

Centre for Sustainable Fashion

 

New UAL campus at the heart of proposals for Elephant & Castle town centre regeneration

University of the Arts London (UAL) has announced a new cutting-edge campus for London College of Communication and a new centre for its core university services at the heart of proposals for the regeneration of Elephant & Castle.

An architect's impression of how the proposed Elephant & Castle development could look.

UAL’s presence in the proposed development will reinforce the status of the area as a major cultural and educational destination in central London.

The new campus for London College of Communication builds upon a number of high-profile estates investments undertaken by UAL including a £62m regeneration of Camberwell College of Arts, the relocation of London College of Fashion to the Olympic Park at Stratford by 2021 and the completion of its Central Saint Martins campus in King’s Cross in 2011.

Incorporating the redevelopment of the Elephant and Castle shopping centre and the adjacent London College of Communication’s existing site, initial proposals will include a first class shopping and leisure destination with new homes to rent for people living and working in London, state-of-the-art educational facilities for UAL students, excellent transport links and enhanced public spaces. It will build upon the existing community and cultural diversity of the area and sit at the heart of the changes within the local area.

Nigel Carrington, Vice-Chancellor of University of Arts London, said: “We are delighted that a new cutting edge campus for London College of Communication and a new centre for UAL’s core university services will be at the heart of one of London’s most exciting regeneration projects. UAL is proud to have been at the heart of Elephant & Castle for more than half a century and this development will mean we are there for years to come. This investment will mean a great deal to our staff and students, many of whom live and contribute in many exciting ways to the vibrancy of Elephant & Castle.”

The Elephant and Castle town centre redevelopment is the lynchpin to the wider £3 billion regeneration underway in the area and integral to Southwark’s wider regeneration plan, which includes the creation of a new pedestrianised town centre, market square, 5,000 new and replacement homes, approximately 500,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space, an integrated public transport hub and five green spaces.

The emerging proposals for the new town centre were officially announced today by Delancey’s client fund DV4 and Europe’s largest pension fund asset manager, APG.

Jamie Ritblat, on behalf of Delancey and APG commented: “We want the community to be at the heart of our proposals for the revitalisation and renewal of the town centre, and in that spirit and objective, local feedback is key to ensuring that our vision corresponds to that of the local community and the wider activities within the regeneration area. This public exhibition will show for the first time our emerging plans to deliver a fantastic new town centre at the heart of Elephant and Castle. Proposals include new world-class educational facilities, a significant increase in homes for rent and improved shopping and public realm for locals and visitors alike. We would like to encourage everyone to visit the exhibition and provide feedback to help inform the next stage of the design process.”

The proposals are at the centrepiece of a public exhibition to be held in the Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre from 9 to 11 July. Local stakeholders, businesses, residents and community groups are being invited to contribute to the evolving proposals and meet some members of the team including lead architects, Allies & Morrison.