A group of UAL students has taken direct action over seven potential research redundancies.
The research team at Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon is being restructured in order to put UAL’s researchers where our students are. At the moment, we have too few researchers in design and too many in fine art. We are currently in consultation with the staff affected and are making every effort to minimise job losses.
We remain firmly committed to our research students at Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon and to the continuation of our Graduate School Community. Our first concern is, where possible, to ensure continuity of PhD supervision in cases where research staff are made redundant.
The decision to make these posts redundant is part of the ‘Creating New Histories’ five-year strategy. One key area of the strategy is to strengthen the relationship between teaching and research across the full range of subjects taught in our colleges.
As we have explained to the Students’ Union and to research staff, these changes will have an impact on some of our staff in the research area and a formal consultation is currently underway with those individuals who are likely to be affected.
‘Creating New Histories’ has been devised based on extensive conversations with students, staff and alumni. In addition, it has been communicated widely to all students across UAL, including in the form of a film featuring Professor David Crow, Head of Chelsea, Camberwell and Wimbledon Colleges of Arts.
We have been in dialogue with the Students’ Union over the past few days and have a further meeting scheduled with them on Wednesday 24 May.
We are concerned that there is inaccurate information circulating about potential course closures. We will be communicating with staff and students in due course with more details about the proposed changes and to clarify all of the facts.