Leading names in the creative sector are coming together to raise money for student support at UAL.
The new Development Council will provide high level support to the Development and Alumni Relations department by acting as ambassadors for the University and highlighting the importance of philanthropic support for creative education.
The Council will be chaired by Aisha Caan, who studied at both London College of Fashion and Central Saint Martins, and is now a renowned artist and founder of the Aisha Caan Foundation. She says:
“The University has been instrumental in shaping my career as an artist and I am extremely keen to support all the Colleges to help them further their work and support the thousands of students who study with us.
“Unfortunately due to increases in tuition fees and spending cuts to the arts, there is no better time to put together a strong Development Council to tackle some of the challenges facing students and the University because of austerity measures.
“Not only is art becoming an increasingly more lucrative asset class for investors, especially in an economic downturn where people look to alternative safe assets in which to hold their investments; but the concept of fame today lies strongly in the hands of artists. Music, fashion, film, art are all areas our society holds in strong regard, and we must support the industry by fostering new talent.”
Karen Doyle, Director of Development and Alumni Relations at UAL, says:
“I’m thrilled that our new Council brings together such a diverse range of people and expertise. The education we offer here is fundamental to the creative and cultural sectors of the UK, which in turn is fundamental to this country’s international reputation and economic competitiveness.
“We simply cannot afford to let talent go to waste and it’s vital that UAL’s doors remain open to everyone who will benefit from the high quality education we offer, regardless of their background. With the help of the Council, we will be able to increase the number of scholarships on offer to undergraduate and postgraduate students who have been hit hard by changes to higher education funding.”