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Film // Festival success for LCC staff

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Still from ’72-82′, William Raban.

Three members of LCC staff, William Raban, David Knight and Brad Butler, have recently been featured in film festivals around London, balancing their roles as academics and active practitioners.

Professor of Film William Raban had ’72-82′, his latest film, selected by 2014′s London Film Festival (LFF). ’72-82′ explores the first ten years of groundbreaking London arts organisation Acme Studios and their critical work in housing some of the most renowned artists of our time, such as Richard Deacon and Anthony Whishaw.

Despite having more than 50 films under his belt, William describes the making of ’72-82′ as a “completely new experience”, as it solely uses archival visual materials to revisit the formative years of the organisation.

In addition to screenings at the BFI and Acme Studios, the feature-length documentary will also be screened at LCC’s Inside Out Festival, where William is in conversation with acclaimed sculptor, the two-time Turner Prize-nominated Richard Wilson.

David Knight’s work as Senior Lecturer on BA (Hons) Film and Television at LCC has taken him beyond teaching, as he enjoys success as Director of Photography on ‘The Quiet Hour’, which was nominated for Best UK Feature Film at the 22nd Raindance Film Festival.

“It is hugely satisfying to bring my professional practice back to the classroom. Working at features level brings into play a whole new set of skills to disseminate through workshops at LCC,” said David.

Recently appointed LCC Research Fellow Brad Butler continues the trend with a screening of his short film, ‘The Unreliable Narrator, at this year’s LFF.

Read profiles of William Raban, David Knight and Brad Butler

Read about BA (Hons) Film and Television

Read about Brad Butler’s work at the Hayward Gallery

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New Unit Evaluations at UAL

Unit Evaluations

This year, UAL is introducing Unit Evaluations for all undergraduate and taught postgraduate students across the University.

Unit Evaluations are your opportunity to feed back to us about the units that you are studying via a short online survey. By giving your feedback, you can help us to make positive changes to your course while you are studying with us – the more students respond, the more impact your feedback will have.

How to complete a Unit Evaluation
You will receive an email one week before the end of each unit on your course and you can also access your surveys by logging in to your course Moodle site. Open the link and complete the short online survey on your PC, Mac, tablet, phone or mobile device. The survey includes 10 short questions and only takes a few minutes to complete. The survey will be open for two weeks so make sure you respond straight away.

How we will use your feedback
When the survey closes, your Course Leader will receive the anonymous feedback from all the students on your unit. They will post a response to your feedback on your course Moodle site, highlighting where they think they might be able to make positive changes to your course. Your Course Reps will also discuss the results at your course or programme committee, your feedback will be included in your course’s annual monitoring processes and the University will use the data to help improve the experiences of all students at UAL.

Find out more
Further information about Unit Evaluations, including answers to some frequently asked questions, and guidance on making your feedback as useful as possible, is available on the Unit Evaluations web pages.

Apply for the next UAL Showroom exhibition

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To run in conjunction with London Fashion Week and UAL Green Week, the UAL Showroom will present an exhibition of work that is a Voice for Change. Submissions should creatively challenge the status quo through foregrounding environmental and social equity within fashion. Selected work will be exhibited from January – March 2015.

We are looking for UAL students and alumni to feature in the exhibition:

Work exhibited can include:

  • Design concepts, collections and services based on principles of sustainability applied to fashion or beauty, and fashion accessories (menswear, womenswear, bags, hats, jewellery, footwear, cosmetics etc).
  • Fashion photography or illustration with a demonstrable ethic in terms ofenvironmental and / or social sustainability or story relating to this subject matter.
  • Presentation of a social enterprise operating within fashion and its communities.
  • All submissions must clearly demonstrate your ambition, methods and process undertaken
  • Visually arresting and thought provoking pieces informed by sustainability imperatives

To apply to be part of this exhibition please download the application form below:

New Unit Evaluations at UAL

Unit Evaluations

This year, UAL is introducing Unit Evaluations for all undergraduate and taught postgraduate students.

Unit Evaluations give students the opportunity to feed back to us about the units on their course via a short online survey. By gathering feedback from students at unit level, we can find ways to enhance their experience, act on areas that need improvement and share good practice, while students are still studying with us.

Further information is available on the Unit Evaluations staff intranet pages.

The student-facing Unit Evaluations web pages also include FAQs, videos and more to introduce students to the new system and encourage them to complete surveys.

What happens next?

We are currently in the process of setting up the surveys for each unit. Once this process is complete, your Academic Administration team will be able to provide a schedule of all the surveys for your course.

In the meantime, if you have any queries about the project, please do not hesitate to contact the Unit Evaluations team at unit.evaluation@arts.ac.uk.

The Creative Outlet

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20 Oct – 23 Dec 2014
09:00 to 20:00

The Creative Outlet is an annual showcase of exciting emerging and established talent, selling unique seasonal gift ideas – ranging from innovative jewellery design to contemporary interior products.

The original works on display – designed and produced by University of the Arts London students and alumni – can all be bought directly from the exhibitors, through their online shops, and at our festive pop-up shop on 4 December, where you can meet the artists and designers, and buy their work in person.

Exhibitors: Alex Burgess, Amanda Tong, Anshu Hu, Augusta Akerman, Camilla Brueton, Celia Dowson, Charlotte Day, David Bennett, Edyta Slabonska, Emi Dixon, Emily Carter, Emma Alington, Evdokia Savva, Finchittida Finch, Gaurab Thakali, Jungeun Han, Kolin and William, Nao Creative, Observatory Place, Reiko Kaneko, Richard McDonald, Rob Halhead-Baker, Robbie Porter, Rolfe&Wills, Sarah ‘Kenikie’ Palmer, Soo Kim, Sylvia Moritz and YU Square.

MA Material Futures Announces New Bursaries

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Central Saint Martins is collaborating with file sharing service WeTransfer to create two ground-breaking bursaries. Two students joining MA Material Futures in September 2015 will receive funding for the full two years of study.

For the next decade, these new bursaries – which have been initiated and funded by WeTransfer – will support two students each year in their full-time studies.

Caroline Till, MA Futures Course Leader, said: “For us this is an amazing opportunity and really important because we are trying to keep accessibility to postgraduate education open to the broadest spectrum of students.

“Fees are one of the biggest problems, so to partner with WeTransfer on this kind of scholarship is ideal for those students who wouldn’t normally be able to apply.”

Inspiring creative talents
Each of the selected students will make a short film introducing themselves and their creative process, and they will continue to document their work throughout the year. This documentation will be showcased to WeTransfer’s monthly and global user base of 65 million people.

The bursaries will be open to all applicants, with a focus on people who incorporate disruptive technology into their creative practices. Each student will also be provided with mentorship from a member of the WeTransfer team.

WeTransfer’s Chief Strategy Officer, Damian Bradfield, said: “Central Saint Martins is one of the most prestigious schools for art and fashion in the world. To be able to offer two bursaries to the MA Material Futures postgraduate course – and in turn support two inspiring creative talents from around the globe each year – is an exciting opportunity for us.”

The MA Material Futures bursaries will be open for applications early next year, when the course application process begins.

More information:
MA Material Futures

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Journalism Guest Speaker Review // BBC News and the Digital Future

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Robin Pembrooke described how BBC journalism is adapting to the digital era

As LCC’s Journalism Guest Speaker talks return for 2014-15, first-year BA (Hons) Journalism student Dylan Taylor reports on the first event in the series.

For the first of these guest lectures on Tuesday 14 October, we were joined by the BBC’s Head of Product for Online News and Weather Robin Pembrooke.

Pembrooke’s visit to LCC comes at an interesting and challenging time for the BBC. The corporation is attempting to advance its news content online, whilst also trying to strike a balance between appealing to consumers both young and old.

It was interesting to hear how the BBC was trying to appeal to the somewhat under-represented demographic of 16-24 year olds, regarding online news.

So how does the oldest and most recognisable broadcaster in the UK go about the digital transformation of its news content? The answer, according to Pembrooke, lies in a more personalised relationship between the news and the audience.

We were given an exciting sneak preview of the BBC’s brand new app, which would allow users to customise their own news content by choosing which areas they wanted their news from and which specific journalists they wanted to read content from.

With the app enabling the BBC to have an enhanced web presence, we were told that the launch of new digital programmes such as this did not come without its problems. It was interesting to find out that the average age of someone looking at the BBC’s homepage was 48.

Pembrooke informed us that most people of this age were very sceptical about any kind of change to an already successful online news platform. Any process that involved change of this nature would have to be a gradual process to keep consumers of all ages interested in the BBC’s news content.

For us aspiring journalists, it was intriguing to hear that the BBC was looking to allow its journalists to publish content on the go, without having to wait for the traditional news slots on television to broadcast the content first.

With the BBC’s tagging and curation now powering their storytelling, Pembrooke encouraged us to have a look at the BBC’s Chartbeat data-monitoring website.

This type of information wasn’t just for the “nerds” though. By monitoring what people were reading, Pembrooke told us that journalists would have a better understanding of what people were looking at regularly and therefore what people were more likely to view in the future.

As a final piece of advice, Pembrooke encouraged us to tweet and promote our own content effectively as in the case of Laura Kuenssberg.

Currently working for the BBC’s Newsnight programme, Kuenssberg is incredibly effective at promoting teaser content online, to get the public interested in what will be on the programme that night.

With many of us creating our own blogs and content throughout our studies, it was inspiring to hear how effectively promoting our own content could help us all up our profiles in a competitive journalistic environment.

Words by Dylan Taylor

Read about BA (Hons) Journalism

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Accommodation – autumn term open days

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If you’re a current student and are interested in staying in Halls next year, we are holding three Autumn Open Days at a selection of our halls this term.

  • Wednesday 29 October
  • Wednesday 12 November
  • Wednesday 26 November

Places on the tours are limited, so please make sure you reserve your spot. Visit the Accommodation Services website for more detail and information on how to book.

Please note applications for September 2015 will be open in May 2015. If you have any queries, please email us on accommodation@arts.ac.uk

BA (Hons) Journalism at LCC launches brand new magazine designed by Scott King

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Artefact’s first cover star is model and actress Lily Cole

October sees the launch of Artefact, a 52-page A3 magazine produced by students on the third year of LCC’s BA (Hons) Journalism course.

The first issue contains features on ketamine abuse, sugar daddies, the fashion muse Isabella Blow and the couchsurfing phenomenon, as well as reviews of music, films and games.

After this initial issue, the magazine will appear, free of charge, four times a year in the autumn and spring terms. Written and edited by student journalists, it replaces Arts London News, the newspaper produced by students on the course for many years.

Simon Hinde, Programme Director of Journalism and Publishing at LCC, explains:

“I felt it was time to move on from the ALN format and produce a magazine that gives students the opportunity to produce work that they are passionate about and to present that in a quality publication that they’re proud of and can show to future employers.

“LCC has an amazing heritage and culture of art and design and I want Artefact to be part of that tradition.”

As well as being distributed in UAL’s Colleges, Artefact will be available in shops, bars and cafes around London.

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‘Seen on Campus’ profiles students’ sense of style

The magazine was designed by Scott King, UAL’s Chair of Visual Communication. Scott brought to the project his experience of working as Art Director of i-D and Creative Director of Sleazenation magazines.

Through his contacts in the worlds of art and photography, Scott persuaded the likes of Jeremy Deller, Linder Sterling and Juergen Teller to allow their work to be used to illustrate the students’ journalism.

“Scott’s worked incredibly hard on this over the last few months and I’m massively grateful to him,” said Simon Hinde. “We’ve created the basis of a great magazine and the students are already working hard on the next issue.”

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Nigel Carrington on action to improve student experience at UAL

The latest National Student Survey shows many courses at or near the very highest levels of satisfaction… but it also shows that UAL has disappointed students in some important respects.

Overall satisfaction has dropped from 74% to 71%, although satisfaction with teaching is up 1%. Indeed, the score for overall satisfaction is lower than the average satisfaction level across all other indicators. Almost 30% of our students are telling us that, taken as a whole, their experience at UAL didn’t live up to expectations. This matters a lot. We all need to work with our students to ensure there is a strong academic and creative experience at UAL.

I have therefore asked Philip Broadhead, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), to work with Pro Vice-Chancellors and follow up a range of College, School and course initiatives which were agreed last month.

We are well placed to help improve these scores. A number of actions are already underway. In 2013, we put in place a targeted programme, called Making A Difference, for courses with low levels of satisfaction of 60% or less. Encouragingly, this markedly improved results for nearly all participating courses, and we will deploy it again this year for the 20 courses with overall satisfaction levels below 60%.

We have introduced anonymous student evaluation for all units and a new academic support structure, including Academic Support online. Colleges have improved communication between staff and students, feedback turnaround times and access to equipment. We will also put major investment into the student experience through the UAL strategy for 2015-2020, which will be launched soon.

I know many members of staff have worked hard for some time to improve the student experience, and may be frustrated by the recent NSS results. We are doing the right things, and they will work.

In the meantime, I want to make two points on early action and responsibility.

First, we must ensure that students see that we respond to their feedback quickly. This means showing that we are listening, taking immediate action to identify their concerns, and – crucially – telling them when the problem has been resolved. We cannot wait for the National Student Survey at the end of the degree in order to listen to our students.

Second, wherever we work and whatever we do, each of us contributes to the student experience. This is not something which happens in a different part of the university, or only with teaching staff, or just because of management. Our students have delivered a clear message on what they expect from UAL as a whole. Please help to reassure them we are each listening to them and will address their concerns.