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Central Saint Martins Opens Dialogue About New Proposed MBA Course

Over the past year, Central Saint Martins has been exploring whether to set up a new kind of MBA (Master of Business Administration) course.

This series of blog posts is where we start taking some of our thinking public and contribute to the important conversation about the role of creativity and design thinking in managing and organising, and in developing new responses to global challenges. At its core, this vision is about creating new opportunities, not problem-solving, by combining creativity with analysis. We’ve been inspired by many other initiatives around the world including:

  • The MBA Design Strategy at California College of the Arts
  • The at Stanford, which brings together students from different departments to work together on projects
  • CSM’s own MA Innovation Management which develops strategic collaborative practitioners who can identify, and develop, innovative business and public sector opportunities
  • Non-university learning and collaboration projects such as Makerversity, ImpactHub, THNK and KaosPilots
  • And many, many more

Over the past few months we’ve used several different methods to do research and synthesise our findings into a proposition, which we are now testing through an online survey with partners Shift Learning. The sorts of things we have done include:

  • Interviewing MBA and MA innovation management graduates from traditional business schools as well as the newer, hybrid courses
  • Interviewing employers and entrepreneurs about the knowledge and skills they think the next generation of managers and entrepreneurs need to develop
  • Reading research reports and hearing from MBA course directors about
  • Trends in management education
  • Exposing our emerging proposition to critical friends in Central Saint Martins’ partner network
  • Setting up an advisory board of leading practitioners and academics to guide and challenge our thinking

Over the next few weeks we’ll be posting guest blogs by many of the people we’ve been in dialogue with as well by Central Saint Martins members of staff. We’ll share findings from our online survey testing our proposition. Central Saint Martins is taking this dialogue and this research seriously. The findings will shape the post-graduate course it develops. Get in touch to share your thoughts about what managers and entrepreneurs need to develop their skills and knowledge, and what Central Saint Martins should and should not do. We look forward to the conversation. Lucy Kimbell, academic lead, Central Saint Martins MBA @lixindex    

More information:
California College of the Arts Design MBA Programs
Stanford  Innovation Management
THNK School of Creative Leadership KaosPilots

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Book of 19th Century Fashions Gets a Makeover

The scrapbookFor her final project, Camberwell conservation student Corinne Henderson breathed new life into a scrapbook of 19th century fashion plates from our museum.

The book contains 191 plates taken from a variety of English and French publications, including Lady’s Magazine and La Belle Assemble. The images, which are predominantly hand-coloured engravings, depict society women’s dress from 1800 to 1890. They offer a fascinating insight into the contemporary culture.

Fashion plates were published in magazines from the late 18th century and throughout the 1900s, and were a popular way for people to stay up to date with the latest high-class fashions. They are rather specific, with titles including “morning dresses for July 1800” and “evening promenade dress in May 1809”.

Looking smart

Although it is not known when the book was compiled, it was probably created in the 20th Century as a source of reference and inspiration for costume students. The scrapbook is part of a small collection of two other books – one covering mostly male fashions, and the other accessories and ephemera.

The condition of the book prior to treatment was poor, but Corinne managed to get it into a fit state for handling, display and research. She worked with our Head of Museum, Judy Willcocks, to make sure she did so without damaging the scrapbook’s integrity.

Thanks to Corinne, the book is now fully functional as a scrapbook and available in the Museum for people who want to see it. You can read full details about the restoration process on her blog.

More information:
Corinne’s blog
Our Museum and Study Collection
Judy Willcocks profile

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Colouring Crayons Draw Community Together

With a little help from strangers, BA Culture, Criticism and Curation student Jemima Wilson turned her street in Stepney, East London, into a community art gallery.

Wilson posted a letter through the door of each house on her road, asking the inhabitants to draw a group portrait of themselves. Costs were minimal – she simply provided crayons and Blu Tack – but the rewards were huge. Within a week of making her request, Wilson saw 35 portraits pop up in neighbouring windows.

The enterprise, with its array of sketched families, smiling faces, scribbled messages and crayon cats, was featured in a Time Out article on “kind-hearted projects”. Talking about her idea, Wilson said: “It’s my response to living on a road where I still don’t know anyone. If I can’t change the world, perhaps I can change a street.”

More information:
BA Culture, Criticism and Curation
The Dear Neighbour project
Dear Neighbour in Time Out

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Ed Marler Joins Fashion East Lineup for SS15

Ed Marler CSM BA Graduate Collection 2013

Ed Marler CSM BA Graduate Collection 2013

BA Fashion graduate Ed Marler will make his London Fashion Week debut in the Fashion East catwalk show in September 2014.

Fashion East is a scheme that supports young designers by providing catwalk sponsorship, financial bursaries, Paris sales showroom support and ongoing business mentoring. Joining Marler for the group catwalk show will be Fashion East’s AW14 breakouts Helen Lawrence, who graduated from our MA Fashion course, and Louise Alsop.

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Marler’s 2013 graduate collection The Trials of an Impossible Princess featured an opulent mish-mash of faux leopard, blue denim bell sleeves and a dress of knotted pink satin bandanas. Accessories included giant ‘MUM’ door knocker earrings and crowns moulded from furniture.

Rising star Marler has already made a name for himself, with fans ranging from M.I.A. to megastylist Katie Grand. Fashion East Founder and Director Lulu Kennedy MBE said: “Ed is great. I like his vision and how he puts things together so confidently. He’s a very fun new addition to our brilliant girls Louise Alsop and Helen Lawrence, who made strong debuts last season.”

More information:
BA Fashion
Fashion East

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London College of Love // LCC’s golden couple


Sthuthi and Sebastian on their wedding day. Image © Mukesh Khatri.

Sthuthi Ramesh and Sebastian Grenzhaeuser were both drawn to study at LCC through their love of design. Sthuthi originally studied in Bangalore, but in 2011 both she and Sebastian found themselves enrolled on the Postgraduate Diploma Design for Visual Communication course, and it is here that they first met.


Sthuthi and Sebastian on their wedding day. Image © Mukesh Khatri.

United by remarkably similar tastes in design and quality, their first non-design related conversation came after a research trip to the V&A. Ironically they spoke about the cultural difference between German and Indian weddings – little did they know then that in a few years they themselves would be married!

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Sthuthi Ramesh, 2014.

Since leaving LCC, both have gone on to achieve great success. After a period working at Wieden+Kennedy, Sthuthi is now a freelance designer.

Earlier this year she worked with the Greater London Authority on a project for their education department. She designed the London curriculum material for an educational pilot project about London which was then used across London by teachers and students. In addition to this, Sthuthi was approached again to design a poster for the project that was then signed and presented by Boris Johnson.

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Sthuthi Ramesh, 2014.

After graduating, Sebastian spent a year at PARK Advance Design Managment, a leading design and innovation consultancy in Hamburg, Germany, and is currently studying a Masters degree in Design Strategy and Innovation. In December last year he won the FIAT & ACEA Design and Innovation award for his proposal on how cars can fit into the environments of the future.

Watch Sebastian explain more about the proposal:

Read more about Postgraduate Diploma Design for Visual Communication

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Centre for Learning and Teaching in Art and Design welcomes new colleagues

CLTAD new staff

UAL and Professor Susan Orr, Dean of Learning, Teaching and Enhancement, would like to welcome three new colleagues joining UAL’s Centre for Learning and Teaching in Art and Design.

Dr Saranne Weller, Associate Dean Learning, Teaching and Enhancement and Head of CLTAD, joins UAL from King’s College London. She was previously Assistant Director (Accredited Programmes) of King’s Learning Institute and is currently writing a book entitled ‘Academic Practice: Developing as a Professional in Higher Education’ to be published by Sage in July 2015.

Elizabeth Staddon is the new Senior Education Developer and will be leading the academic provision and continuing professional development work of CLTAD. Elizabeth has published on improving the student experience and was previously Academic Practice Advisor in the educational development team at the University of Birmingham.

David White is joining CLTAD as the Head of Technology-Enhanced Learning. He was previously co-manager of Technology-Assisted Lifelong Learning (TALL) in the Department of Continuing Education at the University of Oxford. He has written reports for JISC on Open Educational Resources and for HEFCE on UK online learning. David’s research on ‘visitors’ and ‘residents’ has been widely utilised for mapping student engagement online.

UAL becomes first UK HEI ‘Low Energy Company’

UAL staff at Westminster

The Facilities Assistants in our Estates Department have become the first team to have received ‘Low Energy Company’ accreditation in the UK HEI sector.

88 staff successfully undertook the online training developed by the Energy Managers’ Association which focuses on raising awareness and changing behaviour to help improve energy efficiency, help lower carbon emissions and reduce costs. The programme enabled them to learn:

  • What is meant by energy and carbon emissions
  • Why monitoring energy consumption is important
  • The link between energy consumption and usage of equipment
  • The purpose and role of energy reporting
  • How to save energy and reduce carbon emissions

Each of the candidates will receive a certificate confirming their achievement and a delegation of six Facilities Assistants were invited to the House of Lords on 17 July to have their certificate presented by Lord Redesdale, the Chief Executive of the EMA. They were also treated to a personalised tour of The Lords and the Palace of Westminster.

Now UAL Estates can proudly display the LEC logo. Further work is being done by the award-winning team on an action plan to roll out what they have learned to all our buildings and to begin working with the college teams to reduce our carbon emissions.

Low energy company

Making recruitment easier and faster at UAL


UAL’s new online staff recruitment system, the ‘Recruiting Excellence (REx) System’, is now live.

All new vacancies will now be posted through this system. Staff should access the job vacancy page through the intranet: this will show internal vacancies alongside external vacancies, which are also advertised on the main website.

All job advertisements at UAL will be accessible via these links and all applicants are required to apply through these portals.

Roll out
The first phase of the system roll out will run from 28 July to 30 September. During this period access to the system backend will be limited to the HR Team, Staffing Administrators and Approvers. From 1 October, recruiting managers and panel members will be able to access details about their vacancies through the REx System.

Reduced recruitment service
While we manage the transition to the new system, we may take longer to respond to requests and enquiries than normal. Please allow more time when planning a recruitment campaign to avoid delays later on.

Further information
For further information about the REx system, including system user guides, system support and key contacts, please go to REx page of the intranet.

Back in the USSR: An adventure through fashion film


On the streets of Moscow in 1985

Recently LCF’s Nilgin Yusuf (Programme Director of Media for the Graduate School and Course leader of MA Fashion Media Production) touched down in Moscow to talk about Fashion Film to a new generation of creatives. The trip brought up memories of her first ever visit to the enigmatic city, 29 years ago. The fashion media production course leader and former Sunday Times Fashion Editor told us about her experience of old and new…

Arriving in Moscow in 1985 as a 19 year old art student was like being deposited, courtesy of Aeroflot, on another planet. I was on a two week art trip in respectively Moscow and Leningrad and after recovering from the extreme food-poisoning encountered on the plane, I was left to consider the vastness, strangeness and otherness of this city. Then, it was still a Communist state so queues for everything, a trudging workforce, haggling hotel maids, Moskvitches and snow.

It had a strange and powerful beauty; a sense of enormous scale. I was taken by the unabashed masculinity of a city like Moscow which seemed more authentic than the coy and prettified Leningrad (Peter the Great was obsessed by Venice and built his city not on Rock and Roll but the Italian capital). Being Western consumers, we sought out trophies: cool Russian watches that cost a few pounds, furry headgear or bold, modern posters extolling the workers or classic Russian movies. Neville Brody had introduced us to Russian Constructivism via The Face and we revelled in the real deal.

In Gum, the traditional shopping arcade, my pals & I happened across a shop that sold magnificent, engineered and reinforced womens girdles that were more Gaultier than Gaultier. We all came back with crushes on Mayokovsky, the 1920s Russian revolutionary poet, who we recognised as the first rapper. My friend even did her dissertation on him.

On my return, I headed to a three month internship at Vogue where a call came through the main office: “Does anyone know anything about this Russian designer called Slava Zaitsev?” asked a fashion editor. “I do..I was at his show last month in Moscow.” I was then invited in to be interviewed for the Channel 4 News, an occasion that my Dad lit a cigar for.

Twenty nine years later, I was invited by the British Council to a two day event exploring Fashion film. It would take place in Tsvetnoy, Moscow’s finest and trendiest department store. This was an amazing invitation and the event was well attended by a smart, media savvy audience.

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Twenty nine years is a long time. Moscow was no longer alien territory but familiar, like Milan or Paris. Once, there was East and West, now, it’s one long Euro Zone. There is plenty of everything, instantly and a fiesta of brands: Macdonalds, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, BMW. Those hallmarks of capitalism – posters that invite you to buy, buy, buy – are everywhere, filling up the spaces which were once gaping and cavernous. I sought out traces of old Moscow. I scanned the city for hammers and sickles or statues of workers but they were rare. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs didn’t fail to impress, though.

I was ordered to buy a fur hat by my twelve year old and to do so had to go into a tourist shop which sells impressions of Russia to the west: painted wooden dolls, communist badges and tourist kitsch. Down the road was a second hand book market where my Russian student, Olya, my guide for a day found a 1950s book of Mayokovsky poetry. Twenty-nine years ago, there had been no fashionable department stores, no internet and therefore no fashion film. But I treasure the sense of adventure, discovery and other-worldliness. Something you won’t find in Starbucks.

Nilgin Yusuf, Course Leader MA Fashion Media Film, in Moscow in 2014 Moscow 1985 Nilgin Yusuf as a young student in Moscow 1985

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Rob Dickins, Alice Rawsthorn, Tom Hulme // LCC’s 2014 Honorary Doctors

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LCC Graduation 2014

Every year, as part of our graduation ceremonies, University of the Arts London presents the awards of Honorary Doctor, Fellow and Master to recognise an individual’s achievement in their field. Previous Honorary fellows of the University include Sarah Burton, Anthony Caro, Hussein Chalayan, Dato’ Jimmy Choo, Jarvis Cocker, Terence Conran, Tom Eckersley, Colin Firth, John Galliano, Gilbert and George, Antony Gormley, Sarah Greenwood and Anish Kapoor.

This year LCC honored Tom Hulme, Rob Dickins and Alice Rawsthorn.

Three years after graduating with honours from Loughborough University, Rob Dickins was named managing director of Warner Bros Music Publishing. So began a distinguished 40-year career in which he signed such household names as Prince, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Chic, Cher, Enya and the Sex Pistols. In 1983, Dickins became the chairman of Warner Music UK, remaining in the role until December 1998. He was awarded a CBE for services to the music industry in 2002.

Born in Manchester in 1958, Alice Rawsthorn discovered design “by accident” while studying art history at the University of Cambridge. After 15 years as a journalist with the Times, she became the paper’s design critic. In 2001 she began a five-year tenure as the Design Museum’s director. Rawsthorn is a regular contributor to the BBC London, the Guardian and the International New York Times. Rawsthorn is a trustee of the Whitechapel Gallery and Arts Council England, an honorary senior fellow of the Royal College of Art and has served on the Turner Prize jury. She was awarded an OBE for services to design and the arts earlier this year.

Fusing his degree in physics from the University of Bristol with an MBA from Harvard Business School, Tom Hulme began his career by creating Magnom: a start-up based on a new design for magnetic filters, now used in Formula 1 cars, JCBs and central heating systems across the world. Hulme’s work has earned him a place in The Wired 100 annual survey of top digital ‘power brokers’, and London Evening Standard’s list of London’s 1,000 most influential people.

See more photos from our 2014 graduation.

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