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Listening Room – A project by Iris Garrelfs for Tate Britain’s Radio City season


Monday 2nd February to Friday 6th February

For RadioCity’s “Listening Room” at Tate Britain Iris Garrelfs, PhD researcher at Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice (CRiSAP), London College of Communication invites you to bring along objects and stories around the theme of hearing and listening. These might be pictures, stones, sticks, in fact anything you would like!

Iris will be at hand to record your stories and will later edit the audio recordings to create a sound installation for everyone’s listening pleasure on the last day of the residency. Iris would be delighted if you could leave your objects behind, for others to enjoy and “play” on that last day.

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New Course Discourse // MA Arts and Lifestyle Journalism

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Programme Director in Journalism and Publishing Simon Hinde.

In the first of our regular blog series New Course Discourse exploring LCC’s exciting new undergraduate and postgraduate courses, we speak to Programme Director in Journalism and Publishing Simon Hinde about MA Arts and Lifestyle Journalism.

Can you start off by telling us about the decision to create this course?

The point about creating this MA is that arts and lifestyle journalism are important and growing parts of the journalistic landscape.

Lots of newspapers have got arts and cultural supplements, there are specialist channels like Sky Arts, it’s a main plank of BBC Radio 4, BBC Three, BBC Four, there are lots of websites. There’s a big and growing appetite for it.

We know that lots of undergraduate students that we’ve talked to are very interested in this area, yet there is really at the moment only one postgraduate course in the country covering it. In the States there are quite a lot, so it seems a shame that there aren’t more opportunities in the UK.

We are also a design and media college in an arts university; it seems like a very natural thing for us to do, because we have the expertise and the history to do it well.

It’ll allow us to help journalists develop not just the skills to do arts and lifestyle journalism really well, but also the ethical understanding about things like freedom of speech and the appropriate way to deal with public relations people – which is not necessarily known by a lot of people who do this work at the moment because they come from very varied backgrounds.

It’ll allow us to create a body of professionals who do this kind of work to the highest professional and ethical standards.


Student journalists in the LCC newsroom. © Vladimir Molico

What can students expect from the course?

We take a very broad view of what arts and lifestyle might mean – deliberately broad – because I think you can do interesting journalism about just about anything. I don’t want to restrict it to just fine art.

It could be art, theatre, film, music, television, food, travel, but the point is to do high-quality, interesting journalism in those fields, not just turn over trivial, easy and superficial work. The point is to go into it in depth, to have a theoretical underpinning that will allow students to succeed.

The course will also be highly practical. Each student, during the course, will develop a journalistic project they want to complete as part of their final major project – a substantial piece of journalism in an appropriate field of arts and lifestyle.

That might be writing a long-form piece of journalism on something, it might be making a radio documentary or a film documentary, or it might be doing something web-based, but it will be something that has got real substance and depth to it on a topic of their choosing.

I would hope that the piece of work that the student produces would be a piece of work that could be published. That would be the aspiration, that they would be producing high-quality, professional-standard work that they could then take to a publisher or broadcaster and get disseminated.

What are the main differences between undergraduate and postgraduate study in journalism?

One of the shifts, I think, is that you are to a much greater extent developing your own practice. Obviously at undergraduate level you’re learning the tools of the trade, but everyone kind of does the same thing to some degree. As you move into the third year, you start to develop your own voice, your own style, your own interests.

In postgraduate study you take that further, so that you develop your own journalistic way of addressing a particular subject, and your own subjects you want to address. There’ll be a bit more depth and breadth, you’ll attack things on a greater scale.

Rather than doing a 2,000-word piece, that might be typical at undergraduate level, you’ll be doing a 10,000-word piece, or a book. It’s scale and depth that are the distinguishing features.

Why should people study journalism here at LCC?

Obviously we’re based in London, which is a major arts and cultural centre, but it’s more about being in this University, where there’s just incredible breadth of knowledge and expertise in the arts and in design. There are people all over the place we can bring in who know about this subject from different points of view.

We have a collaborative project as part of this course, and we’ll be able to collaborate with people who are designers, photographers, fine artists, sound artists, whatever it might be. It’s an opportunity you don’t get at other institutions.

In terms of facilities, the College has industry-standard radio studios, a brand new TV and video studio opened at Christmas, and a fully-equipped newsroom.

The department has also just launched Artefact, a new magazine which is very stylish and design-conscious and itself has a lot of coverage of arts and culture. It’s written and edited by students and appears twice per term in the autumn and spring terms, with additional topical special editions.

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LCC’s new free magazine Artefact, written and edited by journalism students

What will this course be looking for in its applicants?

I’m very open as to the kind of people who apply. We’ve had interest from a very interesting and diverse range: working journalists who want to specialise in the field of arts; people who’ve done an undergraduate course in journalism and now want to take it on – both to specialise in arts but also to do journalism to the depth and scale that postgraduate study allows; people who are doing a first degree in an arts subject – fine artists for example – who are thinking they would like to develop the communicative side of their practice.

Maybe they want to be fine artists but also to write about fine art, maybe they want to move away from being a practising fine artist and to be a journalist about fine art. They’ve got all that practitioner knowledge and they want to communicate that to an audience – that’s really interesting.

And then we’ve had people who are on more theory-based courses – cultural studies or media communications-type courses – who are interested in developing their theoretical knowledge into something more interfacing.

What are the career opportunities for students graduating from this course?

There are lots of newspapers with arts and cultural supplements, there are specialist broadcast programmes, news programmes have arts correspondents.

There are specialist arts channels that want programmes made for them, like Sky Arts, there’s reporting on arts – a lot of newspapers have arts reporters – and there are specialist magazines and websites about art and culture.

Institutions like art galleries all have their own magazines, so there are lots of opportunities there.

Moving slightly beyond the field of journalism, the skills that you develop as a journalist – the skills of communication and storytelling – are very valuable in public relations and marketing, and there are companies that specialise in those areas for the arts.

Becoming freelance as a writer or broadcaster in these areas is also a very popular and growing thing.

Visit the MA Arts and Lifestyle Journalism course page

Visit the Artefact website

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Meet Anna Mokhova: Russia’s New UAL Alumni Group Co-ordinator

Anna Mokhova graduated from Chelsea College of Arts with an MA Interior Design in 2011. She is originally from, and lives in Russia, and is the co-ordinator of the new alumni group there. The group have just formed and are looking for UAL alumni to join them at their upcoming events…

 Anna Mokhova


What made you decide to come to London and study at Chelsea College of Art and Design?  And what specifically interested you about Interior Design?

I was recommended the Graduate Diploma course to explore an unconventional approach to interior design and shape independent thinking. Throughout the year I realised my interest in a particular theoretical debate within the discipline and moved on to the MA to work on my research. I was fascinated by the phenomenon of the sensual in perception of space, and I think this interest is still shaping my work.


What’s your favourite memory from your time at Chelsea?

Greatest of all was sharing days with my fellow students in the Chelsea workshops when creating work for the final show. This was a very inspirational period full of support from the local community of tutors, technical staff and friends from other MA courses.


What was the best thing about living in London? What one piece of advice would you give a student moving to London?

While living in London I met some incredibly interesting people and created industry connections. I value this experience profoundly. I would recommend anyone moving to London to be open to new people, ideas and places. Explore and learn as much as possible!


What have you been doing since graduating?

I moved back to Russia, where I gained some solid experience working in the interior design industry. Currently I am lecturing at the British Higher School of Art and Design in Moscow, and find supporting students during their creative development fulfilling and rewarding.


What has been your greatest achievement?

I hope all the great results are ahead, but probably the biggest achievement by now is being persistent in following my ambition. I hope in future I will be able to set up a project, which would positively influence the development of the design industry here in Russia.


What made you want to set up the UAL Alumni group in Russia?

I think it is important to keep in touch with other professionals within the creative industry. I believe forming a local community will provide space to connect for experienced professionals, and recent graduates from different creative spheres.  I hope the Group will become an environment for some great networking, learning and inter-disciplinary collaboration.


Tell us about the Russian alumni group… How do you visualise the group growing in the future?

We have recently had our first meeting, and this proved we already have really active members who enjoy collaboration and sharing. It was fun to meet and network within the group, but I believe it would also be interesting to work on events open to the public. Currently I have a couple of directions in mind, which I have discussed with other alumni, who are already greatly supportive of the initiatives. One of the directions is forming a space to hold a monthly contemporary debate in different disciplines, where group members could share their personal work and get feedback from other UAL graduates and the local creative community. As well as that, there is an opportunity to set up a larger annual event, which would be interesting for members of the public. This bigger event would allow UAL alumni to promote themselves and their work by sharing their expertise with visitors through talks, master classes, setting up sales and group shows. I hope we will get more graduates involved soon to make it exciting!


If you are interested in getting involved in the Russian alumni group you can get in touch here and follow them on Facebook.


Professor Charlotte Hodes, LCF is featured in the forthcoming documentary

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Mirrors to Windows: The Artist as Woman

To be screened on 8 March 12:00, The Royal Academy

Charlotte Hodes, Professor in Fine Art, LCF, is featured in the forthcoming documentary ‘Mirrors to Windows: The Artist as Woman’ which will be screened on International Women’s Day at the Royal Academy on Sunday 8 March at noon. This is part of a programme of events to celebrate IWD at the RA that explore inter-generational perspectives on women in the arts.

Tickets and a ‘taster’ of the film

For more information:

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National Student Survey – now open

National Student Survey

The National Student Survey is now open for all UAL undergraduate finalists.

The NSS is a very public, much reported-on public measure of student satisfaction, so scores are highly visible & used to rank us alongside other UK universities. It’s our chance to hear from our finalists about their whole experience studying with us.

Feedback from this survey is very important, so we have incentives for taking part – £5 goes to our Student Hardship Fund every time the survey is filled in, rising to £10 once 70% of students respond.

Students will be emailed from today, and need to know how important this is, so please promote the survey wherever you can and encourage participation among your students. Visit the NSS intranet page to find out what the survey is and how to promote it. Visit the National Student Survey website.

New Employee Self-Service – coming soon

Employee Self-Service

A new version of Employee Self-Service is being launched this March. With fewer clicks, the redesigned Employee Self-Service will make it easier for you to maintain your personal details, book holiday and manage your personal learning. You will also be able to access the system on the go, with the ability to access both Employee Self-Service and Manager Self-Service on mobile devices including iPhones, iPads and tablets.

What can you do

  • Update your personal details (address, contacts, equality information)
  • Book holidays and manage your entitlement
  • Submit expense claims
  • Book UAL staff training courses

Key features for managers

  • Access via mobile devices.
  • Access for managers to authorise tasks within new Employee Self-Service without logging into Manager Self-Service.
  • Access for managers to view their team’s activities and absences via the calendar

More information is available on the Employee Self-Service intranet page. To prepare yourself book a place on one of the 30 minute briefings being held during February and March. You can do this through the current Employee Self Service (search for Employee Self-Service under Learning.)

Call for chapter proposals: Handbook of Research on Global Fashion Management and Merchandising

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Handbook of Research on Global Fashion Management and Merchandising
A book edited by Alessandra Vecchi, (London College of Fashion, U.K.)
Chitra Buckley, (London College of Fashion, U.K.)
To be published by IGI Global:
For release in the Advances in Logistics, Operations, and Management Science (ALOMS) Book Series
ISSN: 2327-350X

Proposal Submission Deadline: February 28, 2015

Propose a chapter for this book

The Advances in Logistics, Operations, and Management Science (ALOMS) Book Series provides a collection of reference publications on the current trends, applications, theories, and practices in the management science field. Providing relevant and current research, this series and its individual publications would be useful for academics, researchers, scholars, and practitioners interested in improving decision making models and business functions.

Introduction The Research Handbook of Fashion Management provides an edited collection of chapters on grounds theories, application and practices the field of management in the fashion sector. Providing relevant and current research, this publication would be useful for academic, researchers, scholars, and practitioners interested in improving their understanding of management within the context of Globalization in a highly volatile and creative environment.

Fashion management is multi-faceted discipline that within the context of Globalization finds itself at the intersection of the following related fields:

Fashion Entrepreneurship, Operations Management, Fashion Marketing and International Business.

Normally these fields constitute sparse bodies of knowledge within Fashion Management, however because of the heightened complexity of the current business environment they are becoming more and more complementary. As such an in-depth understanding of their interplay is not only necessary but it could also provide a useful interpretative lens to fully appreciate the value of Fashion management and its business practices in an era of Globalization.

As global fashion markets are becoming increasingly complex and their dynamics more and more interconnected, a broader understanding of fashion management is essential to anticipate unexpected change and to capitalize on emerging fashion business practices. This research handbook will focus on various dimensions of managing fashion businesses that are interrelated and complementary in a global context.

Objective of the Book

This research handbook looks to discuss Fashion Management research in the following related fields:

Fashion entrepreneurship, Operations Management, Fashion marketing and International business.

The handbook covers various sub-themes including visionary leadership, fashion technology, business model development, sourcing and supply chain management, operations management in fast fashion and slow fashion businesses, product innovation management, fashion brand management, digital strategies in the fashion industry, experiential marketing and branding in fashion and the internationalization of fashion firms.

Target Audience

The target audience of the research handbook will be a vast array of fashion management practitioners, academics and researchers who have a keen interest in the ever-changing dynamics of the fashion industry. The book would also be suitable to be used as a teaching aid in a variety of courses in different disciplines both at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Fashion management in a global perspective
  • The European fashion industry and the appeal of its heritage
  • Fashion entrepreneurship
  • Visionary leadership
  • Financial management
  • Fashion-technology
  • Business model development
  • Business incubation in the fashion industry
  • Operations management in the fashion industry
  • Fast fashion and Slow fashion
  • Sourcing and supply chain management in fashion
  • Product innovation management
  • Managing HR in fashion firms
  • The importance of CRM
  • Fashion buying and merchandising
  • Fashion marketing
  • Digital strategies in the fashion industry
  • The importance of CSR
  • Fashion brand management
  • Experiential marketing and branding in the fashion industry
  • The internationalization of fashion firms
  • Cross-cultural marketing
  • The emerging markets
  • Counterfeiting, IPR and legal issues
  • The global fashion industry and its emerging dynamics

Submission Procedure

Both researchers and practitioners are invited to submit a chapter proposal of 1,000-2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of their proposed chapter by February 28th, 2015. Submissions should be made through the weblink at the bottom of this page.  Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by April 30, 20155 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter outlines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by June 30, 2015. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for the research handbook.

Full chapters may be submitted to this book here: Submit a chapter
All proposals should be submitted through the link at the bottom of this page.


This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), an international academic publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” “Business Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. IGI Global specializes in publishing reference books, scholarly journals, and electronic databases featuring academic research on a variety of innovative topic areas including, but not limited to, education, social science, medicine and healthcare, business and management, information science and technology, engineering, public administration, library and information science, media and communication studies, and environmental science. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2016.

Important Dates

  • February 28, 2015: Proposal Submission Deadline
  • April 30, 2015: Notification of accepted proposals
  • June 30, 2015: Full Chapter Submission
  • August 30, 2015: Review Results to Authors
  • September 30, 2015: Revised Chapter Submission
  • October 15, 2015: Final Acceptance Notifications

Inquiries can be forwarded to Chitra Buckley Graduate School, London College of Fashion
Tel: +44 (0)207 514 7578 Email:,

Dr. Alessandra Vecchi Graduate School, London College of Fashion, U.K.

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Religious festivals and holy days: new guidance

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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.”