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UAL’s Head of Technology Enhanced Learning presents at Wikimania conference


Wikimania is the official annual event of the Wikimedia movement, where over 2,000 delegates come together to discover a range of projects that people are making with wikis and open content.

David White, UAL’s new Head of Technology Enhanced Learning, presented a keynote in the Future of Education section of the conference. Titled ‘Now that Wikipedia’s done everyone’s homework, what’s left to teach?’, his presentation explored the possibilities for students to contribute to, rather than simply reference, Wikipedia:

“To the exasperation of many teachers, Wikipedia is the first port of call for millions of students from primary school to university. Its sheer convenience is challenging standard pedagogical approaches that implicitly assume information is scarce and difficult to duplicate. What if teachers asked students to contribute to Wikipedia instead”

You can watch David’s keynote on the Wikimania live stream page.

To find out more about technology enhanced learning at UAL visit the Centre for Learning and Teaching in Art and Design website. For specific enquiries contact


A new way of referencing: Cite Them Right Online

Cite Them Right
From August 1 2014 the Cite Them Right Online (CTRO) version of Harvard will become the standard referencing style for all UAL taught courses – as endorsed by the UAL Learning, Teaching and Enhancement Committee.

Cite Them Right Online will replace The Guide to the Harvard System of Referencing produced by UAL Library Services, which will be removed from UAL web pages and will no longer be supported.

Cite Them Right Online provides searchable examples of citations and references for a wide range of media. There is also the facility to create sample records that can either be emailed or cut and pasted into a document.

In addition, the site contains very clear explanations on what is referencing and why it is important, how to avoid plagiarism, how to set out citation, how to create references for a bibliography and how to quote, paraphrase and summarise.

CTRO can be accessed directly or via e-library through the database A-Z.  A Quick Guide is also available.

Celebrating Ten

This summer UAL turned 10. (We’re a modest bunch so didn’t scream it from the rooftops plus we didn’t want you to feel like you had to buy us a present or anything). In 1986 London College of Fashion, London College of Printing (now LCC), Chelsea, Camberwell and Central Saint Martins all came together to form the London Institute (LI). It wasn’t until 2003 LI received Privy Council approval for university status and in 2004 LI was renamed University of the Arts London, with Wimbledon joining the family two years later. In homage to this little celebration, the Alumni Relations team have come up with 10 of their favourite high profile projects/designs/creations worked on by some of UAL’s renowned graduates.

Our Top Ten…

Joe Wright (Camberwell, Art & Design, 1991 and Central Saint Martins, BA (Hons) Fine Art, 1996) and Sarah Greenwood (Wimbledon, Theatre Design, 1982)
Anna Karenina (2012)
Alright, Keira Knightley and Jude Law might not be everyone’s cups of tea. If they’re not, don’t lettheir starring roles in this 2012 British romantic epic distract you from what is a beautifully hypnotic remake taking you into Leo Tolstoy’s 1877 novel based amongst the Russian aristocracy. The film coupled together brilliant direction from Joe Wright and stunning production design from Sarah Greenwood. This is not the only time the duo have created a cinematic masterpiece together, they also collaborated on Pride & Prejudice (2005) (although, sorry, nothing beats Colin Firth’s Mr Darcy from the BBC’s 1995 version) and Atonement (2007). Both have received honorary fellowships from us.

Joe Wright accepting his honorary fellowship from UAL

Joe Wright accepting his honorary fellowship from UAL


Dr Tom Karen (Central School of Arts and Crafts, Industrial Design, 1956)
The Raleigh Chopper
As Managing Director and Chief Designer at Ogle Design, the British/Czech Industrial Designer is known for overseeing the design of some of the most loved cultural icons of the 1970s. Not only does this include the Raleigh Chopper (fondly remember by all the cool kids), but Karen also oversaw other design classics such as the Bush Radio TR130,Bond Bug, the Reliant Scimitar GTE, and, most importantly, Marble Run! (Image: Tom Karen on a chopper, from

Colin Firth (Drama Centre London, BA (Hons) Acting, 1982)
The King’s Speech
We adored him anyway, most obviously for his previously mentioned 1995 portrayal of the oh so grumpy but oh so wonderfully kind and handsome (swoon) Mr Darcy in BBC’s Pride & Prejudice. But, it was his performance as King Edward VI in 2010’s The King’s Speech that won him international praise. For this, he picked up an Academy Award, BAFA, Golden Globe and three Screen Actors Guild Awards. Colin was awarded an honorary fellowship from UAL in 2012.

Sir Anish Kapoor CBE (Chelsea, MA Sculpture, 1978)
The Orbit
Who could forget, after many years of moaning about the potential chaos it would bring to our streets and the amount of money it was going to cost, London 2012! The summer that united the nation and showed the world that the UK really did know how to throw a good party (and do rather well at all the sporty stuff too).  At the centre of it all was the Olympic Park in London’s East End crowned with Anish Kapoor’s towering masterpiece, The Orbit. Standing at a whopping 114.5 metres, The Orbit is Britain’s tallest piece of public art and remains a permanent lasting legacy for the public to enjoy. Sir Anish Kapoor received an honorary fellowship from UAL in 1997.

Anish Kapoor (far right) at the launch of the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground, with fellow alumnus Alan Rickman (middle) and former UAL Chair Sir John Tusa

Anish Kapoor (far right) at the launch of the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground, with fellow alumnus Alan Rickman (middle) and former UAL Chair Sir John Tusa

Chris Ofili (Chelsea, BA (Hons) Fine Art, 1993)
Painting (use of unique materials)
This Turner Prize winning artist is well known for his use of elephant dung…..mmmmmm nice. Ofili’s work is concerned with issues of black identity and experience, and frequently employs racial stereotypes in order to challenge them. He won the 1998 Turner Prize for the inventiveness, exuberance, and technical richness of his painting. We think his work is stunning. (Image: Chris Ofili’s “Blossom”)

Sir Peter Blake CBE
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band
Ok ok he didn’t ACTUALLY study with us, but Sir Peter is a much loved member of our community as a former tutor at St Martins and UAL Honorary Doctor. One of the founders of British pop art, exhibitions of Sir Peter’s work have been held worldwide and had a considerable influence on pop culture, most notably through his record sleeve designs.  He produced the iconic design for the cover of the Beatles’ album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in 1967 and designed the cover of everyone’s favourite Christmas sing-a-long… Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas?

Sarah Burton OBE (Central Saint Martins, 1996)
“That Dress”
Sarah joined Alexander McQueen Ltd on a work placement in 1996 whilst still at CSM, returning to the company straight after graduation, becoming Creative Director in 2010 after Alexander McQueen’s death. Burton has created designs for Michelle Obama, Cate Blanchett, Lady Gaga and Gwyneth Paltrow. However her most notable design was that of the most talked about dress of the decade (probably)… Catherine Middleton’s wedding dress for her marriage to Prince William, Duke of Cambridge in April 2011. For her achievements, we award Sarah with an honorary fellowship in 2013.


Sarah Burton with UAL Chancellor Kwame Kwei-Armah and UAL Vice-Chancellor Nigel Carrington

Jefferson Hack and John Rankin (London College of Communication, 1986)
Dazed & Confused
Jefferson and Rankin (as in the fashion and portrait photographer) met during their time at college and decided to start a working relationship, they thought it would be a marvellous idea to produce a magazine after graduation, ta da! Dazed & Confused was born in 1992. The well-known monthly British cultural magazine covers music, film, fashion, art and literature and is now known simply as Dazed.

Harriet Vine MBE and Rosie Wolfenden MBE (Chelsea, 1999)
Tatty Devine
It’s not one piece in particular we love, it’s the whole lot! Rosie and Harriet founded the London based brand Tatty Devine in 1999. Since then Tatty Devine has become famed for its wonderful acrylic based jewellery, popular with normal people like us, the fashion elite and royalty. They were both awarded MBEs in 2013 for their services to the Fashion industry.

Professor Dato’ Jimmy Choo CBE (Cordwainers College, part of London College of Fashion)
We had to include the marvelous Professor Dato’ Jimmy Choo CBE for his legendary handmade women’s shoes adored by ladies across the globe. Our Honorary Fellow and former Visiting Professor launched his couture label in 1988.

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News // The Independent’s Ian Burrell speaks out at LCC PR conference

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Ian Burrell, Assistant Editor and Media Editor of The Independent. © Warren King

LCC recently hosted ‘PR & The Visual’, a conference exploring identity, space and performance, organised by the Network for Public Relations and Society.

LCC’s Simon Collister and Sarah Roberts-Bowman led the all-day event, which was attended by international academics and practitioners and included a wide-range of talks, including keynotes from Brand Union’s Glenn Tutssel and The Independent’s Ian Burrell.

Burrell focused on the lack of champions in PR and the need for the industry to have better representation, citing the likes of Andy Coulson, Matthew Freud, Alastair Campbell and Max Clifford as examples of hindering figureheads in an already misunderstood profession.

“This year has been a public relations disaster for the PR industry…. Publicity-seekers like Clifford should never again be given the freedom to dominate the industry’s profile as he did,” said Burrell.

Academic speakers explored a range of visually-based topics including the presence of PR in pop culture, with Murdoch University’s Kate Fitch examining the representation of the industry in HBO series True Blood.

De Montford University’s Liz Bridgen looked at how PR can be conceptualised within the socially constructed field of ‘dirty work’, and Elon University’s Jessalynn Strauss explained how the physical space of Las Vegas’ mob museum is adopted as a PR tactic.

The conference dissected successful visual PR campaigns like Wolfstar’s Flower Fireworks campaign for Interflora and Unity PR’s Lolz Not Trolls. Edelman’s Gavin Spicer discussed the logistics of their Halo 4 launch, which took over Lichtenstein to create a fully immersive brand experience.

Delegates also took part in practical workshops exploring the use of photography, film, infographics and Vines within a PR setting.

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Co-founder of the Network for Public Relations and Society, Simon Collister, said:

“Our ‘PR and the Visual’ conference has been a great success. We have brought together a range of international academics and practitioners to explore and discuss the challenges, limits and opportunities for public relations theory and practice.

“Feedback from delegates and speakers confirms what we suspected when planning the event: academic and practitioners need to think much more creatively when studying the field or planning campaigns. In hosting the event we’re confident we have opened a new chapter in PR scholarship and practice.”

Read the Storify of the event

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Where art and science converge: Exposing malaria through costume for performance

LCF News caught up with 2014 graduate, Katie-May Boyd, BA (Hons) Costume for Performance, after discovering her intriguing costumes at the BA14 Performance Exhibition. If you are looking for art that explores scientific fact in an intriguing way, her costumes are it.

LCF News: Tells us about your final project – what did you set out to achieve?

Katie: The project illustrates the microscopic relationship between Malaria and its Human host in two costumes that focus on different stages in the life cycle of the disease. The costumes and performance aim to teach about malaria in an alternative way and also to highlight the cross fertilisation between Art and Science.

LCF News: And we hear that you really have taken the work into the scientific realm; speaking at the Wellcome Trust?

KMB: Yes, I took my work to the yearly conference of the ‘Wellcome Trust Centre of Molecular Parasitology’ (WTCMP) whose scientists I had collaborated with during the project. This was a really interesting experience for me as I presented my work to 80 parasitologists who had a completely different stand point from anyone else I had shown the project to. Their feedback was really helpful and a few people were keen to collaborate on different parasites as well!

LCF News: What inspires you about the work you do?

KMB: I love creating things, I think the moment a 2D pattern transforms into a 3D object on the body is just sublime. Working with science and art, the thing that I get most out of it is translating something that is very factual and theoretical into a tangible and visual piece that changes the way you understand a thing.

Looking at Katie’s work, you can certainly see how a complex scientific story is brought to life with vivid visual detail. Her costumes take the viewer from the initial stages of the virus to the moment when it overcomes the host’s body.

Katie-May Boyd, BA (Hons) Costume for Performance - 'Rupture of the Liver Cells' Katie-May Boyd, BA (Hons) Costume for Performance - 'Merozoites in the Bloodstream' Katie-May Boyd, BA (Hons) Costume for Performance - 'Gametocytogenisis'

With such a unique take on costume, art and science, we wondered why Katie was drawn to study BA (Hons) Costume for Performance and whether the course resonated with her experimental take on things. Katie told us:

I was drawn to the course because of the prestige of the college and once I found out more about it I thought it was much better than the courses offered by different universities because it seemed to be a lot more creative and open – more cutting edge and experimental as opposed to some that were a lot more traditional and theatre based.

Katie has since found herself interviewed by Scottish TV and has already taken internships with Alice Temperley, Madame Tussauds and the Royal Opera House. We’ll be intrigued to see where her insightful mixture of art and science turns up next.

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Caroline Till, CSM, TFRC presenting at Wearable Technology UX 2014 Conference

Caroline Till

Caroline Till, Course Leader MA Material Futures, Central Saint Martins and member of Textile Futures Research Centre will be a presenting at the Wearable Technology UX 2014 conference, which will be held at Central Saint Martins, 22-23 September 2014.

Caroline will be speaking about:

Devices in context: Trends in wearable tech and future materials

Exploring the work of the MA Material Futures, as well as some of the most exciting developments in future materials and wearable technology, framed by key trends impacting the global design industry

  • Data capture and analysis- personal and environmental
  • Visualising emotional response and connection
  • Spectacle and fantasy
  • Responsive and reactive materials for wellbeing

For information about the other speakers and topics covered: Conference details:

Follow the conference on Twitter using #wearabletech and @Wearables_Tech

MA Material Futures at CSM

Textile Futures Research Centre

UAL accommodation provider wins award

The Student Housing Company, who own UAL’s halls ‘The Costume Store‘, recently won the award of ‘Best Private Halls Provider’ in the National Student Housing Survey 2014.

One of UAL’s largest and newest halls, The Costume Store opened in September 2012, on the site that once housed the BBC’s costume collection.

The National Student Housing Survey is an annual survey of students in higher education across the UK. The survey measures satisfaction levels in all types of accommodation and allows participating institutions to measure their performance against national and regional benchmarks. The 2014 survey attracted around 19,000 responses from more than 200 universities and colleges across the UK.

The Osaka Global School visit LCC

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Students from the Osaka Global School, 2014.

Last Thursday LCC welcomed some students and staff from Japan’s Osaka Global School. The school was visiting London as part of the Osaka School Global Programme, a scheme funded by the Japanese Prefectural Government and organised by the British Council.

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Students from the Osaka Global School, 2014.

After a long flight and a good night’s sleep the students made their way to LCC for a day of workshops talks and activities including a discussion on super-brands and a graphic design workshop.

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Students from the Osaka Global School, 2014.

The programme is designed to ignite the students’ curiosity and introduce them to the notion of study abroad, as well as giving them an insight into some of the creative industries that LCC prepares its students for.

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Josh Brandao wins top prize Coupe D’Or at the Fashion Film Festival Chicago, 2014

Last month, MA Fashion Photography graduate Josh Brandao claimed first place at the The Fashion Film Festival Chicago (FFFC).

The FFFC is an annual festival and competition which aims to celebrate the beauty and art of fashion as captured through the filmmakers’ lens. Josh was announced as one of the FFFC winners for his film Blackened Wings from a healthy array of submissions that reflect the bold cross-section encompassed by this expanding art. Inspired by the greek legend of the Phoenix and by Russian Constructivism/Propaganda Posters, Blackened Wings tells the tale of a young boy fighting to overcome bullying and oppression.

Josh explains his inspiration in more detail below;

“Set in a place in Soviet/Military world, Blackened Wings tells the tale of a young boy fighting to overcome bullying and oppression. The film showcases a collection of accessories and fashion artefacts by London College Of Fashion Graduate Chiara Pavan, as well as pieces by Givenchy, Vivienne Westwood, Armani, amongst others.”

Josh’s winning video will be screened during fall fashion week and on FFFC media sources.

Read more…

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UAL Edit Interview: Annie Kevans

Annie Kevans
Since graduating from Central Saint Martins BA Fine Art in 2004, where Charles Saatchi bought her final year collection ‘Boys’, Annie Kevans has had solo exhibitions in New York, London and Vienna. She has recently collaborated with Jean Paul Gaultier to produce a series of  paintings depicting his muses, which are currently on display at The Barbican and will tour with the exhibition to Melbourne, Paris and Munich. Shortlisted for the Women of the Future awards and the Jerwood Drawing Prize, her work can also be found in major collections including the Pallant House Gallery, the Saatchi Collection, 21c Museum, and the David Roberts Collection. Kevans’ paintings reflect her interests in power, manipulation and the role of the individual in inherited belief systems. Having an affinity for the marginalised, Kevans paints figures overlooked, exploited, or objectified within the context of history or contemporary culture. Kevans’s ‘Women and the History of Art’ at the Fine Art Society this year received phenomenal praise from across the arts and national press.

Angelica Kauffman by Annie Kevans

Who or what first inspired you to follow your chosen career?
Art has always been part of my life. My parents both left school very early but both took short courses in art and they left London to move to the South of France because they loved the Impressionists and the landscapes they painted. My mother took evening classes at St Martin’s (as it was known in the 1960s) and my father did a few at Goldsmiths. I was always told it was impossible to make a living in art so I first studied languages which led me to move to Barcelona where I tried to be a painter while I taught English. I had no idea what I was doing and felt very cut off from the artists living there. I wasn’t allowed into a life-drawing class because I was ‘not professional’ and I used to get very jealous of the numerous art students walking around the streets with their portfolios. When I moved back to London I took an evening class at the Camden Arts Centre and was encouraged to apply to art school by a teacher there. I remember the feeling of absolute joy when I finally began my Foundation course at Central Saint Martins and I knew then there was no turning back.

What are you working on at the moment?
I paint series of ‘portraits’ (some are not based on real documentation) and I like to examine our verdicts on history and our perceptions of intellectual solidity. I’m currently working on a series called ‘Women and the History of Art’, the first part of which is currently being shown at the Fine Art Society. It centres on women in art history who were once leading figures in the art world and whose history and significance have been gradually eroded so they are ultimately forgotten to a modern audience.

Lavinia Fontana by Annie Kevans


What are you most passionate about?
At the moment I’m most passionate about my work. I only recently discovered that, as early as the 16th century, there were brilliant female artists who were international celebrities with fantastic careers and exciting lives. I’ve been researching these women and feel very angry that their contributions to art have been so overlooked and disregarded. Where are the books and films about these women? Why are the women Impressionists not shown today as equals to their male counterparts when they once were? Why are they separate from art history and relegated to a genre of their own?

I feel like this series will be my biggest and most important to date and I plan to carry on with it for some time. I have a show coming up in San Francisco and I plan to focus on women who had very successful careers in America. I recently saw a brilliant documentary on the forgotten female artists of Pop Art and I’m painting great artists like Pauline Boty and Marisol.

Dorothea Tanning by Annie Kevans.  Courtesy Of The Fine Art Society

Which piece of art/design/performance/communication/fashion do you wish you had created?
I wish I had painted Gas Chamber (1986) by Luc Tuymans. Every time I see the work, I have a strong physical and emotional reaction.

Where is your favourite London haunt?
The River Lea which runs through Clapton where I live with my husband and daughter. Our flat overlooks the river and we like to kayak on it on warm days. It’s not the most scenic river, but it’s great to drift along looking at the herons and barges and it doesn’t feel like we’re in zone two of London at all! Our daughter’s middle name is Lea after the river.

River Lea shot by louisemakesstuff

What is your guilty pleasure?
I love TV and watch far too much of it. I love watching old episodes of Columbo with some Green & Black’s Butterscotch chocolate.

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Name a favourite book, song or film
I have so many favourite films… I like Fargo and A Clockwork Orange and The Shining by Stanley Kubrick. I got hooked on House of Cards and The Wire but probably my favourite series is  Spaced.


I love Stevie Wonder and recently paid a fortune to sit a few rows from the stage at the O2.

Stevie Wonder shot by Thomas Hawk

What is your signature dish?
I only started cooking when my daughter was born a couple of years ago and I make a mean New York cheesecake.

New York cheesecake shot byYoussef Abdelaal

Do you think University of the Arts London has an important role to play in Britain’s cultural life?
Absolutely! It’s the place where most of the country’s ambitious creatives want to be and it’s a fantastic place to meet other like-minded individuals. I remember feeling like an artist for the first time in my life when one of the teachers at Central Saint Martins referred to us – first-year students – as ‘artists’, and I realised that she took us seriously and had high expectations of us. I remember feeling that anything was possible and that I was in the best place to make it happen.


What advice would you give to aspiring creatives?
If you don’t have a trust fund or rich family, think about how you’re going to set yourself up so that you can afford to be a creative. It’s so hard to be an artist, especially in London which is one of the most expensive cities in the world. Many people get full-time jobs and then can’t find the time to be creative. My best advice to people is to find the best paid part-time job you can find and then find a cheap studio and try to live cheaply. Lack of finance is probably the biggest enemy to creativity. I’m saying this as someone who had to drop out of art school for a year because I couldn’t afford the fees.

Tell us more about your involvement with the Barbican’s Jean Paul Gaultier show.
I was asked to paint Jean Paul Gaultier’s muses for his touring show which is currently on at the Barbican Art Gallery. The muses include David Bowie, Beth Ditto, Madonna, Kylie and Kate Moss, and it’s been an amazing experience, especially hearing that they love their portraits! I’m looking forward to the opening in Paris next March when the exhibition goes to the Grand Palais.

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