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Library survey: last chance to tell us what you think and win £100

Tell us what you think about your University of the Arts London Library Service by taking this quick 5 minute online survey and have the chance of winning a £100 Amazon voucher.

The results from the survey will enable Library Services to see if we meet your expectations with regard to the quality of the services, resources and support which we are providing, and most importantly, will help us to identify the priority areas for development or improvement.

There are £100 Amazon vouchers for six randomly selected participants (one per college)!

The survey runs from 3-21 November.

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Last chance to complete Library survey and win £100

Library Services is committed to continual service improvement and to being a service which is responsive to students and curriculum needs.

We are running a Library Services perception survey from 3rd November for three weeks in order to get some feedback and insight as to how we are doing as a service and where the priority areas are that we need to consider for future development. All students and staff at the University of the Arts London are invited to participate in our survey and all completed entries will be entered into a prize draw to win one of six £100 Amazon vouchers (one per college).

The survey takes five minutes to complete and will ask you about your perception of some of the main services and support which are available to you in the library. The results from the survey will enable Library Services to see how well we meet your expectations with regard to the quality of the services, resources and support which we are providing, and most importantly, will help us to identify the priority areas for development or improvement.

The survey, along with further information about the process, is available from 3-21 November:

Access the survey

Please do encourage your students to complete the survey as the student voice is, as ever, fundamental to evaluating services and we need this engagement to be a truly responsive service.

UAL recognised as leader in sustainability

UAL has strengthened its green credentials by winning a host of sustainability awards.

This month the University won both of the two Green Apple Awards for which it was nominated. The awards celebrate innovative approaches to sustainability in the public and private sectors. The winners were UAL’s ‘Carbon Dashboard’, an open source for all the University’s carbon data, and a new studio at Wimbledon College of Arts, which has been recognised by BREEAM – the world’s foremost environmental rating system for buildings – as being sustainably ‘outstanding’.

Further accolades were given to London College of Fashion when the winners of the national Green Gown Awards were announced this month, with one of LCF’s projects winning the ‘Technological Innovation’ category and three of its other nominated projects awarded the status of ‘Highly Commended’.

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London College of Fashion at the Green Gown Awards

Earlier this year, UAL became the first university in the UK to receive the Gold Catering Mark by the Soil Association across all catering outlets at all six of its colleges.

Ian Lane, Head of Sustainability at UAL, said:

“We are delighted that UAL is being recognised for sustainable day-to-day activities as well as sustainability in the curriculum by winning all these awards. We continue to be committed to promoting sustainability and environmental awareness across the university and it is very rewarding to be recognised in this way.”

Neal’s Yard Annual Lecture 2014: Fresh Thinking for a Sustainable Future

Last night’s second annual Neal’s Yard lecture saw social science, psychology and economics bring new perspectives to LCF’s continuing search for creative solutions to the issue of sustainability.

Take one leading authority on social and economic history, a psychiatrist specialising in behavioural addiction and an insightful audience and you can play privy to some very profound solutions to our fast fashion consumer culture.

‘Rethinking how we think and the wider implication of our decisions and actions’ was the underlying thought for the lecture. With this in mind, psychiatrist and neuroscience researcher Dr. Henrietta Bowden-Jones took to the floor and discussed impulse buying.

While we don’t all have shopping addictions, most of us have been guilty of impulsive purchases at points of stress and sadness. Apparently 70% of people suffering with Compulsive Buying Disorder reported feelings of depression prior to its onset and 41% noted anxiety disorder.

A facepalm is the standard response on getting those metallic animal-print leggings home but do we ever question why we really bought them in the first place? Sometimes the garment just looked good on the mannequin but in such a stressful modern age, sometimes we’re looking for little highs wherever we can.

Bowden-Jones uses cognitive behavioural therapy – the rewiring of thinking and behavioural habits – as treatment for compulsive spending. Stimulus control such as cutting up credit cards and shopping under supervision may bring tears to the eyes or seem a little extreme, but finding more meaningful ways to pass our time and deal with difficult feelings is something we could all consider.

“If you find things that are really good for you mentally, that are really positive for your life, the lives of those around you and are constructive intellectually or emotionally, then that’s the best way to get out of a situation that is a compulsive addiction…” Henrietta Bowden-Jones

Of course there is the issue of inflated supply as well as demand. Professor Avner Offer from the University of Oxford explained increasing affluence and innovation has undermined our self-control. Yes the wealth of shops and convenience of the Internet may satisfy our needs for instant gratification but do they make us happy in the long run?

Apparently not, the ‘Paradox of Happiness’, shows we may be earning more money but overall happiness remains stagnant. Not only does the abundance of cheap, fast fashion mean we have become desensitised to the highs of shopping (once ‘retail therapy’) but we’ve become disconnected from the joys of fashion itself. As a member of the audience said: “women aren’t being made to feel special”. Heavily influenced by marketing and advertising, our impulse purchases lack individuality, self-expression and quality, leading to unfulfillment in the long-term.

“How can we best use our purchasing power? How can we get the most psyche satisfaction out of our purchasing power? Succumbing to impulse is self-defeating.” – Avner Offer

“I like the idea of using fashion to empower women. In terms of self-confidence, there are a number of women who are currently finding fashion an obstacle rather than a pleasure and not necessarily a mode of self-expression but almost something that’s imposed upon them.” – Henrietta Bowden-Jones

The global and environmental impact of fast fashion must be considered but there are also personal benefits to slowing consumption. This creates great marketing and branding opportunities for slow fashion: “craft over mass-production”, quality over quantity and individuality over ubiquity. Dr Offer argued:

“Fashion in itself is a short-term phenomenon and what this means is that radical change is possible…This is one area where consciousness forming can have quite a powerful influence and there is scope for creativity of various kinds, not only the creativity that goes into the garment but also the creativity that goes into the culture”.

Professor Frances Corner questioned whether the democratisation of fashion has also led to its casualisation and is there some way we can reconsider how we dress. While Caryn Franklin, co-founder of the diversity campaign All Walks Beyond the Catwalk, picked up on the tailoring potential of slow fashion and the body-confidence it can provide:

“Could fashion effectively provide an answer where it’s introducing empathy for the end user who isn’t model shaped, who’s individual and who needs to be catered for in a much more thoughtful way than is currently happening in fashion?”

As the fast fashion juggernaut continues to spin, it was empowering to hear so many insightful ideas as to how we can reconsider our individual shopping habits. But perhaps we lost sight of why such action was necessary. Sustainability is bigger than the fashion industry. It’s about humanity, the environment, the future and as one audience member said:

“It’s about people thinking as citizens and not as consumers.”

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Public Relations // CIPR Diversity & Inclusion summit held at LCC

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On Wednesday 5 November, LCC hosted the CIPR’s inaugural Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) summit. Second-year BA (Hons) Public Relations student Tatiana Kropacheva reports.

In total there were nine speakers at the summit, covering a variety of topics around diversity. There were representatives from many different points of view and backgrounds: employers supporting minorities and those with disabilities, those affected by a disability and those who are trying to help them.

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Attendees read live captioning at the CIPR event. Image © @KorComms

The first thing to attract my attention was a TV screen and a person typing at a keyboard next to it. Everything that was said by the speakers was recorded on the screen.

Later on, in the summit, Beth Abbott, Ai-Media, explained how they use live captioning at different live events to make everything that has been said available and easily accessible for those people who have hearing difficulties in the audience. It also makes it easy to follow the event for everyone all over the world, across different devices and platforms.

Finally it provides detailed notes of the event for further evaluation, which I thought was a great example of using technology in favour of people who might have limited access to these events.

Another great example of using technology to make communication inclusive was represented by Robin Christopherson, Head of Inclusion, Ability Net. As a person with severely limited sight, Robin provided us with an insight into his life and demonstrated how technology can make his life and the lives of people with similar disabilities easier.

We can see it with Apple for example, in devices such as iPads and iPhones which can be adapted for people with disabilities by using voice control or zooming the screen. Alternatively, intelligent apps can use the device’s camera to identify for a person what is in the picture at which the camera is aimed.

This is a really powerful technology that allowed Robin to say, “Don’t think about disability – it is Digital Inclusion.”

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Graphic from the CIPR highlighting diversity in the UK. Image © @ludhi85

Those who attended also had an opportunity to listen to such people as Simon Hailes, Director of External Communications, Barclays Personal & Corporate Banking. Simon spoke about Barclays’ partnership with the Government on a campaign called Disability Confident to encourage employers to hire people with disabilities.

This campaign is not limited to people who were born with disabilities but also those who developed them during their lives; like soldiers who have done military service in conflict zones, a lot of whom struggle to find a job afterwards. Disability Confident and their partners are doing a great deal to help them find work and encouraging employers to hire disabled people.

I found a speech by Ross Linnett, Founder & CEO of Recite Me, particularly useful. Recite Me is a website that allows users to customise websites they visit, across any platform, and translate them into 52 languages. This is particularly beneficial for dyslexic people, like myself, as it allows them to change background colours, adjust text settings to improve readability, and so better understand online and mobile content.

The CIPR Diversity & Inclusion summit encouraged everyone to think about the needs of different people and educated us on how to improve communication with disabled people to reach a large and diverse audience.

I just want to say thank you to the CIPR for this event and the opportunity to learn so much about the importance of inclusion.

Words by Tatiana Kropacheva.

You can catch up with the event on Twitter at #DiversityPR

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Meet Seisho Sumida

UAL’s Alumni Association is a truly international community, with over 200,000 graduates scattered across the globe. In many countries there are teams of alumni working together to help bring the local UAL community closer. These groups organise social events, networking opportunities and open up communication channels to make it easier for everyone to connect and share opportunities and experiences.

If you are returning home after studying in London or relocating to a new country for a new and exciting experience, you can find fellow UAL alumni in the area. Have a look at our list of existing international groups. If there isn’t a group already the Alumni Relations team are happy to guide you through the process of taking the first steps to building a local community.

Meet Seisho, a graduate of Central Saint Martins who has volunteered to start a UAL Alumni group in Tokyo. “I am hoping that the community will create a positive presence in Japanese society and the Art & Design landscape.”

 Seisho Sumida

 

What made you decide to come to London and study Product Design at Central Saint Martins (CSM)?
I came to London to proceed my football career originally. After retiring my dream to be a footballer, I decided to follow my passion towards design. I was interested in studying Graphics/Media Design, but during the foundation diploma course, I discovered the joy of Product Design and ended up there.

What was the best thing CSM taught you?
CSM definitely taught me how to see the picture and make sense of it. It also taught me the skill of being self-directed and self-taught. All of those are important, no matter what you are working on even outside of design.

What was the best thing about living in London?
It was definitely about being able to meet interesting people from different background. Being a capital of creative industry, there were always inspiring events going on.

What one piece of advice would you give a student moving to London?
Try to go out and experience different things, meet people from different background as much as you can. Those things and people you meet will become your important assets.

What have you been doing since graduating?
I’ve been working in the design industry. Recently, I had an amazing opportunity to get involved in setting up a new IDEO office in Tokyo.

What has been your greatest achievement?
I think it is too early for me to answer this question. It will probably be when a project I work on is accomplished and creates a positive impact to the world

Whats next for you?
In a few years time I would like to set up my own business to connect Japan and Europe. I’m not exactly sure in what form yet, It could be a combination of consultant and new business.

What or who is your greatest inspiration?
Culture – I get so much inspiration when I travel to countries I have never been to.

You have agreed to help us start an alumni group in Japan (thank you!), why? And why do you think having a group in Japan is important?
I simply like linking people, I love when chemistry happens between people I introduced. Sharing the experience of being in London and studying Art & Design could make such a strong emotional connection which leads to a great community. I am hoping that the community will create a positive presence in Japanese society and the Art & Design landscape. Japan is going through a paradigm shift in many senses and I think we can play a significant role. It is definitely important to have such a group in Japan.

Join the Japan group on Facebook.

 

 

LCF help ‘make the world better with a sweater’ for Christmas Jumper Day

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We’re starting to feel festive here at LCF News, the weather is getting crisp, the woollies are out, and copious amounts of hot drinks are being consumed, so what could be better to get us even more in the mood than Save The Children’s Christmas Jumper Day!

Once again the charity is taking Christmas Jumper Day to all new fashion heights with a Secret Christmas Jumper sale – a brand-new collection of 30 one-off festive sweaters hand-knitted by Wool and the Gang and customised by, not only a host of world famous British designers, but also 15 LCF students and alumni.

Our talented LCF designers will see their work on sale alongside the likes of David Koma, Giles Deacon, Haizhen Wang, Jonathan Saunders, Lyle & Scott, Pringle of Scotland, and many more, but can you guess who’s is who’s?

The jumpers will be sold on AtterleyRoad.com and because the designers and fashion students have all secretly sewn labels onto the inside of the jumpers, you won’t know who has designed your jumper until you have purchased it. All very exciting!

This year Save The Children’s annual Christmas Jumper Day is taking place on Friday 12 December, and all the money raised will go towards helping the most vulnerable children in the world. It’s all for a good cause and whoever’s jumper you take home, it’s bound to be wonderful. Check out all of the jumpers above and get choosing yours!

 

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Animation Alumna Makes Oscar Shortlist

Daisy Jacobs making 'The Bigger Picture'

Daisy Jacobs making ‘The Bigger Picture’

Daisy Jacobs, who graduated from our MA Character Animation course in 2011, is in the running for an Oscar. Her film, The Bigger Picture, is one of ten to make the Oscar animation shortlist.

The Bigger Picture is a stop-motion short about two brothers struggling to care for their elderly mother. To create the animation, Daisy painted life-size characters that move around the walls of full-sized sets and interact with real objects.

Daisy has already received multiple awards for The Bigger Picture and her previous film Don Justino de Neve, which she made while studying at Central Saint Martins. She is the second graduate from our MA Character Animation course to make the Oscar shortlist, with Martin Clapp nominated in 2012 for his film The Magic Piano.

Birgitta Hosea, MA Character Animation Course Director, says: “Daisy has a very well-developed graphic style and she has produced a fantastic film with an original use of stop motion. Her Oscar nomination is very well deserved and we wish her all the best!”

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More information:
- MA Character Animation

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Ambitious Futures

Are you looking for graduate development programme that leads to highly successful and dynamic career in an entrepreneurial environment?  Then Ambitious Futures is it!

Ambitious Futures:

University of the Arts London is delighted to support Ambitious Futures – a graduate development programme for university leadership, designed to create the university leaders of tomorrow.

The Programme:

Ambitious Futures runs over a 15-month period comprising 3 rotational placements.  Throughout all 3 placements you will have the opportunity to contribute towards University projects and events; providing you a range of in-depth experiences and the opportunity to develop a variety of skills.

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With a starting salary of c £25K, generous holiday and benefits – what are you waiting for?

Click the link below to find out more:

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MEAD Scholarship recipient hosts first solo show – Dead Cat Bounce

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Light Eye Mind are excited to present Dead Cat Bounce, the UK debut solo show by Alice Woods.

Woods, a final year student studying BA Fine Art at Central St Martins, is a recent recipient of the prestigious Mead Scholarship and is without a doubt, one to watch out for in the future. Woods is concerned with the implications of economic and financial systems that highlight the complex relationships between the powerful and the powerless, particularly since the explosion of the Occupy movement and the effects of the 2008 global recession in Woods’ home region of North East England.

Through in-depth research, Woods sets out to address the UK’s economic knowledge deficit and elucidate the relationships between cultural and economic decision-making.

Dead Cat Bounce is a thoughtful and eye-catching contribution not only to the art world, but also to the wider public.

Date: 15 – 29 Novemeber 2014
Location: Light Eye Mind, 176 Blackstock Road, London
Cost: Free

For more information, visit – www.lighteyemind.com