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Religious festivals and holy days: new guidance

religious festivals

UAL has launched new guidance on how to account for religious festivals and holy days when planning timetables, work programmes and events. This guidance sets out arrangements for students and staff to request alterations to their working hours or timetables on grounds of religious observance.

The UAL religious festivals calendar lists a selection of holidays and festivals which take place throughout the academic year. Teams are encouraged to take account of the religious festivals calendar when planning events such as interviews, induction activities, timetables and assessment schedules.

The calendar indicates if a particular festival involves fasting, or a restriction on work, in order to highlight dates that are likely to have a particular impact on participation or attendance. ‘Work restricted’ dates include: Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Eid ul-Adha, Sukkot (Autumn term); Chinese New Year and Passover (Spring Term) and Eid al-Fitr (Summer Term).

The religious festivals calendar is available as a shared outlook calendar (listed under ‘Corporate Resources’) or as a Word document. Details of how to download the calendar are available.

Professor Frances Corner, UAL’s Religion and Belief Champion, said:

“Considering the religious observance requirements of students and staff enables us to demonstrate our commitment to promoting inclusion, whilst acknowledging the diverse religious identities and practices students and staff bring with them.

Our aim is to take a positive approach to requests for flexibility on grounds of religious observance, and to consider the festivals calendar when planning our work programmes.”

To find out more about religious observance guidance, visit the religious festivals and holy days intranet page.

PhD researcher, Idit Nathan talks about her current show at Standpoint Gallery

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The exhibition FOOTNOTES PLAYING DEAD is Idit Elia Nathan’s (PhD candidate at CSM) first solo show. It opened at Standpoint Gallery in London on the 15th January and will run till 14th Feb 2015.

Footnotes Playing Dead is the culmination of 5 years of practice-based research titled Art of Play in Zones of Conflict, which explores the intersections between the seemingly unrelated phenomenons of play and conflict.

The exhibition title takes its cue from the opening lines of Günter Grass’ famously controversial poem What Must Be Said, which considers personal and collective responsibilities in times of adversity and interminable conflict. The title also reflects on children’s games and certain theatrical demonstrations in the West Bank and Gaza as well as more recently here in London, where people pretend to be dead in order to highlight the way in which children and innocent civilians are targeted by one of the most powerful armies in the world.

Tell us about the work you are showing in Footnotes Playing Dead and why did you choose this work?

The artworks are all playful and interactive because I wanted to create participatory experiences in which the viewers are invited to “play with” and explore for themselves the complexities of conflicts, which as stated by Artist Simon Leung

‘…even if we do not live under the direct threat of war’s violence, we understand ourselves in relationship to the state-sanctioned killing of others, elsewhere, in our time, and at times in our name’.

I included three projects which are central to my research and which I wanted to concentrate in one space. For example Seven Walks in a Holy City which explores Jerusalem, the city I grew up and left more than twenty years ago is explored through walks of varying length, thematic foci and staring points, all determined by cards and dice. Following the walks I produced seven series of postcards, which are on display and available for purchase. Another project called Hegemonopoly/Machsompoly is an adaptation of the classic monopoly game to reflect on the landscape of Israel Palestine with its wealth of settlements as well as checkpoints and where freedom of movement and restrictions on it are not equal to all, as those playing in the gallery soon find out. In Painting the City Golden or a Leaf from Tansy’s Book the gallery visitors are invited to ‘colour in’ their own version of one of the city’s most iconic tourist sites.

There are other games such as a triptych of HAND MADE MEMORY GAMES where all the cards are made out of black and white photos from different parts of the world as well as from a variety of historical times with subject matters ranging from Aerial Bombs in the first to Checkpoints and Refugees inthe second and third, making it tricky to win. And there is my first inkjet print Invisible Cities Series, No. 1 and my first artists book Please watch ur head, published with marmalade publishers of visual culture so its a very varied show.

It has been particularly interesting to get all the artworks of recent years into one space and it was great to site the work at Standpoint gallery, with its intimate and evocative features such as the lift with its heavy metal mesh doors. The opening event included a raffle of postcard paintings which will be sent out to the winners once the show comes down. So far I have had some excellent feedback and with two discussion events planned it promises to be a busy and interesting month for me.

Why did you choose CSM for your PhD studies, and how did you find the experience? (how has studying for a PhD developed your work)

When I started considering the possibility of embarking on a research project to contextuaise work that was loosely tied together a friend pointed me in the direction of my now supervisors Pam Skelton and Professor Anne Tallantire. I knew and admired their work and was delsighted when they offered me a place. They were then joined by Caterina Albano and I now have an amazing team of supervisors, each contributing from their own perspective so its proved to be a very rich experience so far. There is no doubt that the research has impacted positively on the work I have made in ways that I am still in the process of reflecting on and I hope will be articulated in the thesis itself. It seems to have made me more reflective and I’d like to think a better writer too. In terms of the work produced I think it has benefited from the contextual research and hopefully become richer and more rigorous.

How do you juggle being a PhD student and practitioner?

It is a challenge and I have given up on trying to find the perfect balance – it just doesn’t exist. Some weeks/months are dedicated to making work and others to writing and the word juggling is the right one in this context. I make work, sometimes relating to the thesis, at others less so, and then it feels like I will never manage to write about it or get back to the thesis and then it can be quite the opposite – making the work – means that some of the thoughts fall much more easily onto the page and find their way into the thesis. As fluxus’ score says ‘you never quite know.’

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Green league table results keep sustainability on the agenda for UAL

People and Planet University League

University of the Arts London has been named as the 61st greenest university in the UK by the People & Planet University League 2015 – the UK’s only comprehensive and independent ranking of universities by ethical and environmental criteria published by The Guardian.

UAL has jumped 66 places, with a score of 46.3 out of 100, making it the most improved major higher education institution, and third most improved out of all higher education institutions, in the UK. In November, UAL was awarded two Green Apple awards and nominated for six Green Gown awards.

With Green Week fast approaching (9-15 February) and the first inter-college waste reduction competition, ‘Waste Off’, to follow in March, UAL was able to demonstrate to the Green League that sustainability is important to staff and students all year round.

Ian Lane, UAL’s Head of Sustainability, believes the Green League is a valid tool to test an organisation’s response to the sustainability agenda. He said: “Sustainability at UAL is used as a catalyst for positive change. Instead of focusing on resiliency, UAL harnesses how well sustainability is captured in our learning teaching and research and replicates it through our estates and operations, business engagement and procurement. This makes us leaner and greener.”

Improving the student experience through enhanced academic support

Academic Development and Services (ADS) is pleased to announce that Alex Lumley became full time in her post as Associate Dean of Academic Support from 5 January, reporting to the Director of Libraries and Academic Support Services.


Alex is an experienced arts and design practitioner, teacher and manager; most recently she was Associate Dean of Learning, Teaching and Enhancement at Central Saint Martins. She will continue to lead on delivering the ambitions articulated in the University’s Strategy for Academic Support and will be developing Academic Support’s role in improving retention, attainment and student success.

Academic Support aims to provide enhanced opportunities, tutorials and online resources for the development of effective learning strategies, study skills and professional attributes. Read the full academic support strategy or visit the UAL website for more information on academic support including a new downloadable leaflet for students.

Digital pioneer Emily Bell to give Hugh Cudlipp Lecture 2015

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Emily Bell, Founder Director to the Tow Centre for Digital Journalism at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in New York City, will be the guest speaker for the Hugh Cudlipp Lecture 2015, taking place at London College of Communication on Monday 26 January.

Booking is essential – reserve your free space

“It is a great and humbling honour to be asked to deliver the Cudlipp Lecture. The Cudlipp tradition is an important part of the rich, robust and innovative soul of British journalism,” said Emily Bell.

As former Editor-in-Chief of the Guardian’s websites and director of digital content, Emily led the strategy to make the Guardian an open platform for journalism.

“We are delighted that Emily Bell has agreed to give this year’s Cudlipp Lecture. At a time when the media industry is being transformed by digital, her thoughts and research on its impact on the business of journalism and news output will be seminal, not least because she was one of the digital pioneers in the UK at the Guardian,” said Natalie Brett, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Head of College.

Now in its twelfth year, the annual Hugh Cudlipp Lecture – named in memory of the late Lord Cudlipp, former Editorial Director of the Daily Mirror – also serves as a platform for the Hugh Cudlipp Award, given to a student who has made an outstanding contribution to journalism.

Entries are now closed for this year’s student journalism prize of £2,000, with the criteria widened this year to include video journalism. The winner of this prestigious award will be announced at the lecture.

London College of Communication has hosted the Hugh Cudlipp Lecture since 2005 and we are once again partnering with sponsors The Daily Mirror for the event.

“The Daily Mirror is honoured to be sponsoring the Hugh Cudlipp Lecture for the second year in a row. Emily Bell is one of the leading lights in digital journalism. The Mirror has been making great strides online, so it’ll be enlightening to hear her speech,” said Lloyd Embley, Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Mirror.

Watch previous Hugh Cudlipp Lectures on the LCC YouTube channel

Read more about the Hugh Cudlipp Lecture

Read about BA (Hons) Journalism

Read about MA Arts and Lifestyle Journalism

Read about MA International Journalism (Online)

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The Department of Repair


Department of Repair: image by Bridget Harvey.

Bridget Harvey has co-curated a project at the Camberwell Space called The Department of Repair as part of her PhD research.  It is a two part project involving three weeks of workshops and exhibition, followed by three weeks of exhibition which will include the outcomes of the workshops.

The Department of Repair explores (re)making through fixing, repairing and mending. The project reframes the theme of ‘repair’, exploring its identities and its potential as an environmentally/socially engaged practice. The project aims to create space for broader interpretations of repairing, fixing and/or mending practice, exploring categories such as repair narratives, agents, materials, and methods/systems.

The project begins with an exhibition which showcases approaches to mending, guides and tools of repair. For the first three weeks, visiting (re)makers, (re)designers and repairers, who demonstrate and teach repair and re-making skills will run drop-in workshops. Outcomes from the workshops will be then added to the existing set of exhibits to form a larger exhibition.  A two-part publication will complement the project with writings by and about the repairers and exhibits involved in the project.

  • All workshops will take place at Camberwell Space as part of the exhibition.
  • All workshops are free and open to the public.

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The project reception will be held on  3rd February, starting with a talk by Daniel Charny at 4pm, followed by drinks in the space until 8pm.  Please RSVP to

Yve Lomax talk: Photographs, Writing.


A research talk by Yve Lomax:

‘Photographs, Writing’

Wednesday 11 March 2015, 4.30.
Street Lecture Theatre, London College of Communication, Elephant & Castle.

All welcome.

The Photography and the Contemporary Imaginary Research Hub at LCC is pleased to announce a research talk by Yve Lomax:

‘Within this talk I will give examples of my writing and, in so doing, say something about photographic images. There will be examples that embrace what I can only call the ‘art’ of writing. There will also be examples of me toing and froing as, in writing, I enter into conversation with myself. And finally there will be ideas regarding the example itself and how, if only for a moment, a photographic image can be considered as that.’

Yve Lomax is a visual artist and writer. She is author of Pure Means: Writing, Photographs and an Insurrection of Being(2013), Passionate Being: Language, Singularity and Perseverance (2010), Sounding the Event: Escapades in Dialogue and Matters of Art, Nature and Time (2005) and Writing the Image: An Adventure with Art and Theory (2000). She is currently Senior Research Tutor for Photography and Fine Art at the Royal College of Art. She is also a director of and commissioning editor for the Common Intellectual series of Copy Press.

This event is organized in association with TrAIN, the UAL research centre for transnational art, identity and nation.

Please direct enquiries to: Weibke Leister,

Office 365 – coming soon

Office 365 The Office 365 pilot has started. Over 250 ‘early adopters’ from across the university are having their accounts moved to Office 365 by 22 January. Some of the benefits include:

  • Increased mailbox size (up to 50GB) and more Cloud storage for documents
  • Access to emails remotely without having to log in to webmail
  • Instant messaging and Lync video conferencing
  • Access to documents from mobile devices with OneDrive
  • Up to five copies of the Microsoft suite so you can use the applications on your different devices

All staff will be migrated to Office 365 between 2 March and 28 August, with student migration scheduled for 10 August – 7 October. The pilot will provide valuable insights that can be applied to the main Office 365 deployment. Find out more about the benefits of Office 365 and how to use the software.

en>route development opportunities for BAME (Black, Asian, and Minority ethnic) staff

Mentoring for BAME Staff, Grade 4+:
Register now as a Mentee, and participate in 10 mentoring sessions with a senior manager or academic, matched to your 2015 career development aims. Mentee Induction Day: 9th February.

For more information and to register, visit en>route’s Mentoring intranet page

BAME Interview Panellists Required, any Grade:
If you are a from BAME background, and worked at UAL for more than 9 months, you are eligible to volunteer for the Interview Panellists Pool (endorsed by Executive Board). Members of the Pool will be asked to complete one day’s training, and participate in 2 or 3 recruitment panels each year.

For more information, and to register, visit the Interview Panellists Pool intranet page

Senior Shadowing Programme for BAME staff, Grade 3+:
Wanting to progress your career at UAL? Learn about the roles, career experiences and strategic vision of senior managers at the University, through a 1:1 meeting and observation of committees that they chair.

For more information, and to register, visit the Senior Shadowing intranet page

Teaching excellence award for LCC Course Leader

UAL Teaching Scholars Group

The four UAL Teaching Scholars 2015

Congratulations to Paul Lowe, LCC’s Course Leader for MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography, who has been awarded the prestigious title of UAL Teaching Scholar.

This new award is for academic and support staff at UAL who demonstrate excellence in teaching and support.

The title is held by successful applicants for two years. Teaching Scholars also receive £5,000 project and development funding, a special responsibility allowance and professional development support to become a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Receiving the title alongside Paul were Anne Marr (Course Leader, BA (Hons) Textile Design, CSM), Fred Meller (Course Leader, BA (Hons) Performance Design and Practice, CSM) and Dr. Natascha Radclyffe-Thomas (Course Leader, BA (Hons) Fashion Marketing, LCF).

The awards were presented at the 2015 Learning and Teaching Day by Professor Susan Orr.

UAL Teaching Scholar Paul

Course Leader, MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography, Paul Lowe

Speaking about his achievement, Paul said:

“This is a fantastic initiative from UAL that really recognises that teaching is central to our practice and I am delighted to be with such a great group of fellow scholars.

“I’m really looking forward to building on all our work and collaborating together over the next two years”.

Read more about the UAL Teaching Scholarship

Read more about MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at LCC

View Paul Lowe’s staff profile

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