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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.

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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Printing payments are changing

Printing payments

The way you print and pay for printing is becoming simpler across UAL; you’ll soon be able to use your student ID card to print.

Important! The printing facilities at CSM’s library and Archway campus already enable you to use your student ID card to print, but they use a different system to the new one that’s being rolled out across the rest of the university. Unfortunately, if you top-up your student ID card in these two areas you can’t then use the credit to print elsewhere around UAL, and vice versa.

From July new printer card readers and payment kiosks will be installed across the university. In autumn your current print card will no longer work.

Library and college staff will be on hand to assist with the change over.

From July you’ll be able to add credit to your student ID card on site at a kiosk using cash. From autumn you’ll also be able to add money to your student ID card online.

To keep up with all the latest news about these changes, including installation schedules for sites at each college, please visit the printing blog.

Need more info? Check out our FAQs.

Got a question? Contact IT@Arts – email or call 0207 514 9898.

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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Fashion Textiles Graduate sells unique designs at Secret Garden Party Festival

Nicole Parkauskas, BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles

Nicole Parkauskas, BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles

BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles graduate, Nicole Paskauskas, has won a £500 scholarship to bring her unique jewellery pieces to the Secret Garden Party Festival. We caught up with the new graduate, whose work was seen on the LCFBA14 Runway, to find out what festival goers can discover on her stall…

LCF News: So how did this all come about?

Nicole Paskauskas: I’ve been going to Secret Garden Party Festival for about 4 or 5 years now so being a massive fan of the secret emporium tent I always wanted to get involved with them. The festival were offering scholarship places for stalls worth £500 and since the tickets were completely sold out I thought, now is the perfect time to apply!

LCF: And what will you be selling at the festival?

NP: My jewellery has come about through a natural progression – I sold it at LCF’s College Shop, and it was also featured on the BA14 Runway. It’s jewellery made using the same braiding techniques that I developed during my final year at LCF. Selling it on stalls was just the next step towards starting to develop my brand.

For the stall I’ve recycled off cuts of old furniture and scraps of wood and painted them white to build a sculpture that I can hang my braided jewellery from. I had no money to spend on proper stands so it really forced me to put some thought into it!

LCF: We also hear that you’re involved in the In the Woods Festival?

NP: In The Woods Festival is going to be quite an experiment! I have been invited to collaborate with a sculptor in building the main stage so I am excited to apply my work in a totally different way to fashion or jewellery. This festival is also sold out and will be held in Kent at the end of August. I’m also really excited to see who will be performing at the festival as it’s a secret!

LCF: What’s next?

NP: I am currently working on developing wearable jewellery and have been overwhelmed by the response from the press since my final collection of headpieces and body jewellery in June. In September I hope to be developing a second collection of pieces for my brand so stay tuned!

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Inside the Industry – Anya Hindmarch at LCF

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On Thursday 5 June, LCF welcomed fashion designer Anya Hindmarch MBE as she took part in a ‘UAL Meets’ and LCF Inside the Industry talk.
Anya spoke with head of LCF Professor Frances Corner OBE,  covering a variety of topics ranging from how to set up and grow your own business, the best ways to manage investors and the importance of craftsmanship and ‘old-fashioned’ luxury. She also talked through the creative process behind some of her recent catwalk presentations.

She gave LCF students some great advice on how to stay motivated whilst starting up your own business:

“Starting a business is really fun and I hope you all get the chance to do it one day, but it’s also very hard work, so the best advice I can give you is to never give up. If you don’t give up, you will get there in the end.”

  • Photography: Andrea Milla Perez

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UAL Teaching Awards and Course Rep Awards: LCC winners

UAL Awards


The 2014 UAL Teaching Awards and Course Rep Awards were held last month at Central St Martin’s Platform Bar, with nine winners awarded from each College.

Organised by the Students’ Union and voted for by UAL students, the awards recognise great academic and technical staff across the University, along with students who have worked to improve the educational experience.

The London College of Communication winners were announced as:

Teaching Awards //

Paul Bowman, Illustration and Visual Media
Frode Hegland, Advertising
John Himbury, IT
Paul Jackson, Design for Graphic Communication
Catherine Smith, Design for Graphic Communication
Esther Teichmann, Photography

Course Rep Awards //

Marc Dataro
Andrew Gates
Amara Rossell

UAL Awards close


Congratulations to all those who won!

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#ClothesToDieFor – the Centre for Sustainable Fashion lead the debate

Image Credit: BBC/Quicksilver Media/Taslima Akhter, Photographer: Taslima Akhter, Image Copyright: Taslima Akhter

Image Credit: BBC/Quicksilver Media/Taslima Akhter; Photographer:
Taslima Akhter; Image Copyright: Taslima Akhter.

Following an eye-opening documentary on BBC 2, ‘Clothes To Die For’, the Centre for Sustainable Fashion hosted a tweetchat to debate the crucial topics raised by the programme.

The programme highlighted the experiences of those affected by the Rana Plaza factory collapse disaster in 2013. Talking to followers on @sustfash and with thoughts from the centre’s Director @dilyswilliams and @LCFLondon, as well as members of the fashion industry, the team explored what should be done to prevent this kind of tragedy.

In the same week, Dilys Williams also gave an interview to London Live, calling for a fashion system which respects those who make what we wear.

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LCC students’ projects selected by Intel for Digital Summer Trip 2014

Pupils on crossing

Visiting pupils interact with the ‘Musical Crosswalk’ project

Two projects by MDes Service Design Innovation and MA Interaction Design Communication students were recently selected by Intel to be exhibited in their tent at Digital Summer Trip 2014.

The projects resulted from a three-week exploratory design project between LCC students and technology giants Intel, focused on new opportunities to adopt and seamlessly integrate environmental sensors into daily life.

The students worked with sensors monitoring noise, light, proximity and air quality, developing prototypes and service scenarios for future applications.

They began with the following questions:

  • How can citizens be empowered to change their daily practices and to engage with the environment in new and different ways?
  • How can a non-professional public become empowered to generate knowledge about their environmental conditions?
  • How can Internet of Things (IoT) objects be configured and designed to repair a broken world?
  • What opportunities are there through IoT devices to develop cultural exchanges by gathering information from different regions and countries relating to community/environmental challenges?

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Pupil having demo

Standing demo

Above: LCC students demonstrate their work at Digital Summer Trip 2014

Finished projects ‘EcoFurby’ and ‘Musical Crosswalk’ were chosen as they fitted well with the playful nature of Intel’s other exhibits at the Digital Summer Trip technology show, which took place from 3-5 July at east London’s Tech City.

The event was aimed at educators and secondary school students, and the video below shows pupils interacting with ‘Musical Crosswalk’, designed to encourage pedestrians, and particularly young people, to cross the road safely:

Read about MDes Service Design Innovation

Read about MA Interaction Design Communication

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LCC Graduate wins both the Santander University of Brighton Enterprise Competition and the UAL SEED Fund


‘STORY’, Image and design copyright Melanie Smith, WeAreStory, 2014.

Melanie Smith, an LCC Postgraduate Diploma Design for Visual Communication graduate, recently won both the Santander University of Brighton Enterprise Competition and the UAL SEED Fund.

Melanie, who graduated from LCC in 2013, has since gone on to set up her own design company called Smith and Wonder. Before studying at LCC Melanie did a two year foundation degree in Graphic Design at Brighton University. The Santander University of Brighton Enterprise Competition is open to students and graduates of the university and each year the university hosts the competition to find the Most Enterprising Community Project, Most Innovative Product New Product and Most Entrepreneurial Service.


‘STORY’, Image and design copyright Melanie Smith, WeAreStory, 2014.

The winner of each category was awarded £2750 to invest in their original idea. Melanie won in the Most Innovative Product category for her creative idea of a storytelling kit for children, ‘STORY’.


‘STORY’, Image and design copyright Melanie Smith, WeAreStory, 2014.

Melanie has also just been awarded the UAL SEED Fund, a scheme that offers up to £5000 worth of funding along with mentoring and legal advice to young entrepreneurs with exciting business ideas. She explains “I really didn’t expect to win both awards, and it means that STORY is very close to becoming a reality for me. It’s exciting to now have the opportunity to work for myself, and bring some of my ideas to life”

Read more about Postgraduate Diploma Design for Visual Communication.

Read more about ‘STORY’. 

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