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Government agrees £141m for Stratford, including UAL’s new campus for London College of Fashion

The Government has today committed £141m to the new education and cultural district on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This will enable UAL’s new campus for London College of Fashion to go ahead into full planning.


The news was confirmed in the Government’s National Infrastructure Plan and will help deliver the Olympicopolis vision. This will create a world class education and cultural district on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park bringing together outstanding organisations to showcase exceptional art, dance, history, craft, science, technology and cutting edge design.

Vice-Chancellor of University of the Arts London, Nigel Carrington, said: “Research on global challenges is increasingly beginning to emerge from the borders of art and science. This new creative approach is physically expressed in the university and cultural quarter at Stratford. The partnership between these four world-class institutions will create radical research, and lead to exciting new technology and fashion businesses in this part of London.” UAL is one of the biggest investors in the quarter, alongside University College London.

UAL’s new campus will be on Stratford Waterfront opposite the Aquatics Centre. The 32,000m2 site will create a research and education hub for the global fashion industry, near the traditional heart of the East End fashion trade. It will bring together London College of Fashion’s 6,500 students and staff for the first time in the college’s 100 year history.

The new campus will include two major research centres focusing on sustainability and innovation in the fashion industry. It will provide widespread access to advanced fashion technology, business incubators, and a changing programme of public exhibitions. The Waterfront site will also house new locations for the Victoria and Albert Museum and Sadler’s Wells. UCL will create a new university campus to the south of the ArcelorMittal Orbit. The scheme is expected to deliver 3,000 jobs, 1.5 million additional visitors and £2.8 billion of economic value to Stratford and the surrounding area.

See the full press release.

Christmas shopping at UAL

Still stuck for the perfect gift for a loved one this Christmas? At UAL this year there are a number of fantastic opportunities to purchase unique items made by talented UAL students and graduates.

Christmas card made by Heather Perry, student of Central School of Arts and Crafts in the 1920s.

Today and tomorrow (2-3 December) third year BA (Hons) Surface Design students at London College of Communication have opened a pop-up shop in the Typo Cafe, 10.30am-6pm, selling a wide variety of handmade gifts, ranging from notebooks to decorations to clothing, many of which have been beautifully screen printed.

On Thursday 4 December, for one day only, the Creative Outlet Festive Pop Up Shop will be open from 12pm, where you can meet the artists and designers featured in the current exhibition in the UAL Showroom ‘The Creative Outlet’. All the work on show is available to buy directly from the exhibitors alongside work from past UAL Showroom exhibitors and Made In Arts London artists on the day. There will be a great selection of gifts to buy, from jewellery to greeting cards, art prints to contemporary interior products, from as little as £2.50. There will also be drinks and mince pies available from 5pm.

On Thursday 11 – Tuesday 16 December, London College of Fashion’s hugely popular pop-up retail space returns for a fourth year in a brand new location – 33 Marshall Street, in the heart of Carnaby. Here’s your chance to pick up exclusive designs from fashion’s newest and most exciting stars, with special limited-edition pieces at affordable prices of womenswear, menswear, accessories and jewellery, as well as fashion photography and illustration prints.


Variety names LCC alumnus Marcus Mucha as one of Hollywood’s new leaders

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LCC alumnus Marcus Mucha

In their New Leaders profiles for 2014, esteemed US entertainment magazine Variety has featured LCC alumnus Marcus Mucha as one to watch in the film industry.

Marcus – now LA-based – studied MA Screenwriting at LCC under Kelly Marshall and has since gone on to become VP of Business Development at Revelations Entertainment, a production company founded by Morgan Freeman and Lori McCreary.

“Without the skills I learned and relationships I made at LCC, I wouldn’t have this great opportunity to let people know about the amazing, memorable projects Morgan, Lori and the rest of our team are producing,” said Marcus.

A course taught with a heavy industry focus, MA Screenwriting at LCC has also seen Kwame Kwei-Armah (BBC’s Casualty, Elmina’s Kitchen), James Dormer (BBC’s Spooks, ITV’s The Fixer) and Anna Symons (Channel 4′s forthcoming Indian Summers) come through its doors.

“We pride ourselves on mirroring the industry process closely and this news is testament to how our graduates move so smoothly into professional roles,” says Kelly Marshall, Course Leader, MA Screenwriting.

“We very much supported Marcus’ move to Hollywood as our relationship with students continues long after the two years that they spend with us.”

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LCC BA (Hons) Public Relations students take part in House of Lords debate


A packed House of Lords during Tanya Kropacheva’s speech. Image © Roger Harris.

Students from the BA (Hons) Public Relations course at London College of Communication have taken part in a national debate in the House of Lords.

Second-year students Tanya Kropacheva and Hayden Scott, and third-year student Ire Ife-Alabi, all made speeches in the debate which was broadcast live on BBC Parliament on Friday 28 November.

The inter-generational debate focused on the extent to which government might deploy digital technologies to improve the democratic process.

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Tanya, putting forward the view that online channels enable citizens to take part in continuous democratic dialogue and provide for multiple voting opportunities, was selected as one of the nine key speakers on the day, and the only university student from the UK to be selected as a key speaker.

Hayden and Ire spoke from the floor of the House as they were called upon by the Lord Speaker, Baroness D’Souza.

Second-year student Linh Phung Thi Thu and first-year student Sofia Bronnikova also attended the event for LCC.

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The students previously took part in a ‘talking day’ at LCC, run by the English Speaking Union – one of eight which took place at universities across the UK in October and November.

Tanya, Hayden and Ire impressed so much on the day that they were selected for the live event.


Ire Ife-Alabi in action during the debate. Image © Roger Harris.

Organiser of the LCC talking day, BA (Hons) Public Relations Course Leader Adrian Crookes, said:

“This was a tremendous achievement by LCC BA Public Relations students, and I am proud of all who took part.

“Tanya, Hayden and Ire represented the College so well and gave us a high profile in the political arena. My congratulations to them all.

“We’re always looking for great additional opportunities for our PR students to get involved in, alongside their regular course activities.

“This is something they are certainly going to be able to include on their CVs and talk about to potential future employers who will be impressed by their initiative, commitment and drive.”

You can watch our students in action on BBC iPlayer until Friday 26 December, or, if you are a UAL student or staff member, thereafter from Box of Broadcasts using your University log-in.

This annual debate aims to engage UK citizens with the Parliamentary process and, in particular, promote understanding of the House of Lords, the UK’s ‘grand revision chamber’.

It is only the eighth time in the 800-year history of the Lords that members of the public have been allowed to sit on the famous red benches – another feather in the cap for LCC students!

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MA Photography alumna features in ArtGemini Prize 2014 at Singapore Art Fair

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‘Stars 8′, Ellie Davies, 2014. (Source material credit: STScI/Hubble & NASA).

MA Photography alumna Ellie Davies (2008) has scooped 1st Prize Photography in the ArtGemini Prize 2014.

The annual ArtGemini Prize is a celebration of international contemporary art for emerging and estalished artists around the world.

Ellie’s winning work ‘Stars 8′ (pictured above) is part of her recent ‘Stars’ series, in which she explores her desire to balance a relationship with the wild places of her childhood and a sense of disconnection from the natural world.

The work is a response to the experience of gazing at landscapes as a tourist, while living in urban or semi-urban areas, which often alienates viewers from the scene in front of them.

‘Stars’ attempts to address both the mystery and material sensuality of our landscapes and interposes photographs of ancient forests with images of the Milky Way, Omega Centauri, the Norma Galaxy and Embryonic stars in the Nebula NGC 346.

The ArtGemini Prize is showing this month at the Singapore Art Fair, where Ellie has been selected to exhibit alongside two other artists from the 2014 Shortlist, Jaykoe and Adrian Scicluna.

The Singapore Art Fair runs from Thursday 27 – Sunday 30 November 2014 at The Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, Suntec City, Singapore.

The ArtGemini Prize can be found at Booth D10, so we hope that any of our readers who are in town will stop by to take a look!

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The Dots: a new professional networking platform for the creative industries

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The Dots is a new networking platform for the creative industries. Best described as a LinkedIn for creatives, The Dots is a completely free promotional tool for students specifically designed to help you connect to industry, clients and jobs. SEE is now collaborating with The Dots on a number of exciting initiatives and events throughout the year.

The Dots sponsored the Freelance Award at Creative Enterprise Week 2014, and Founder Pip Jameson presented the award to illustrator Robbie Porter. SEE’s Creative Opportunities is now featuring a Job of the Day from The Dots site to ensure that UAL students are aware of the most exciting creative jobs available right now. So far we’ve included a Junior Stylist role at Liberty London, Junior Photographer at Hearst Magazine and an internship at Random International – creators of the infamous Rain Room. We will also be collaborating on portfolio review sessions throughout the year. Watch this space.

So join The Dots and connect with companies and job opportunities, including Saatchi & Saatchi, Wolff Olins, Net-a-Porter, Facebook, Sony Music, V&A, Harvey Nichols, and many more.

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Creative Enterprise Awards 2014: An insider’s view

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On the 19th of November, with champagne and canapés in hand, invited guests gathered to honour the talented students and graduates of the University of the Arts London at the Creative Enterprise Awards 2014. Held in the exquisitely decorated Bloomsbury Ballroom, the event was a far cry from the original awards held in a student bar just six years ago. This upgrade is owed in part to NatWest, who sponsored the award for the third year running.

UAL has a rich history of enterprise and innovation. Many of the University’s most well-known alumni had an enterprising spirit which led them to “go out on their own” – including fashion designer Stella McCartney, film director Mike Leigh, industrial designer James Dyson and fine artist Antony Gormley. The Student Enterprise and Employability’s (SEE) mission is to support the inventiveness of UAL students as well as celebrate their impressive successes. SEE received over a hundred high quality entries this year which resulted in very impressive shortlists.

The night begun with the Digital Award, sponsored by UAL Futures and Decoded, and was given to Natalie Grogan for her user-led fashion platform Style Scape The Ethical or Social Enterprise Award was awarded to Gyo Kim for his sustainable womenswear label Gyo Yuni Kimchoe .

The Enterprising Individual award went to Melanie Smith for Story, a design business which creates interactive products and books specialising in storytelling for children. She was awarded a very generous £10,000 business loan plus unlimited business support from the East London Small Business Centre.

Jamie Coe used his own experiences as an art student at UAL to create the ArtSchooled comic and was awarded the Enterprising Project Award. The International winner was Elena Ozherelyeva for IN-SPACES a multifunctional PR, design, sales and communications platform, specialising in interior décor

The Freelancer Award was sponsored by portfolio and job website The Dots and founder Pip Jameson presented illustrator Robbie Porter with his award. Robbie Porter’s illustrations are also currently showing at Creative Outlet at the UAL Showroom.

The New Business Award was given to Emily Bridge and Emma Witter in recognition of their impressive artistic partnership, Beast & Burden , which explores social relationships and visual associations triggered by food.

These were followed by was four awards given from UAL’s individual Colleges. Bronwen Campbell-Golding & Fanny Santini were presented with the CCW award in recognition of their textile company Petite Albion. Central Saint Martins presented industrial designer Sarah Gold with her award. The LCC award was given to Callum Copley for founding the Registration Summer School, an innovative, free design course offered in Deptford, South London. London College of Fashion granted two awards; one to Fashion Textiles graduate Emily Carter and Fashion and the Environment MA student Sara Pignatelli.

The Awards were a dazzling display of fresh talent, and a reminder of the impressive creativity of UAL’s expanding network of students and alumni. Students and alumni, don’t forget to submit your work for consideration next year for a chance to join this remarkable roster.

Words by Anna Kealey | Coordinator, Creative Opportunities.

LCC Postgraduate Shows 14 // Spotlight on MA Sound Arts

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‘Found Composition’, Gilda Manfring, 2014

The second of our Postgraduate Shows 2014 – featuring MA Sound Arts – is just a few days away, and we’ve had a sneak preview of the work on show.

MA Sound Arts is an intensive, specialised course which gives students the chance to develop their conceptual and contextual understanding of sound arts in practice and theory, while tapping into the Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice (CRiSAP) research centre.

Each of the twelve students on the course has developed their own individual approach and built a distinctive portfolio – so what can we expect to see at Hackney’s Angus-Hughes Gallery this year?

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‘Found Composition’, Gilda Manfring, 2014

Gilda Manfring’s ‘Small pieces loosely joined’ is a journey of research and investigation resulting in a body of experimental scores and sound compositions.

The work is collected in a self-published book and CD and partially presented in the wall of the gallery, and unfolds as a collection of accidental discoveries rather than the execution of an idea.

Gilda’s practice is based in experimental electronic composition, using and re-using sounds mainly found in invisible places like the internet or her mind, with improvisation and spontaneity at the core of her process.

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‘#HLMB / He Loves My Body’, Dan Helgi Helgason í Gong, 2014.

‘#HLMB / He Loves My Body’ by Dan Helgi Helgason í Gong seeks to question the assumptions we make about people through voice, looks and gestures.

This sound and visual piece draws inspiration from contemporary dancers and pop lyrics written about sexual adoration from a woman to a man, and how this kind of adoration is much less prominent when it comes to men in pop music who identify as gay.

Dan Helgi sets out to critique the heteronormative world of pop by exploring gender-norms as well as making a critique of ourselves as judges.


‘Seeing with Ears’, Jamie Lu, 2014.

Jamie Lu’s video walk ‘Seeing with Ears’ takes the audience on a tour of London’s West End, based on his own relationship with the area.

Jamie has spent most of his spare time in the West End this year and is passionate about its theatres and their work. In creating this piece he gave his emotional responses to this part of London a shape, and transformed them into sound, expressing feelings that could not be articulated in speech.

His intention is that ‘Seeing with Ears’ will give those who are familiar with the West End a new point of view while newcomers receive an introduction to the district via Jamie’s own experiences.

The exhibition will close with a symposium and performance evening on Sunday 7 December. The symposium will focus on the place of research in creative practice, with talks from sound artists Lisa Busby and Mark Peter Wright, as well as contributions from the students and Course Leader Salomé Voegelin, chaired by the exhibition’s curator Irene Revell.

The symposium will also be an opportunity to engage directly with the students’ research.

Following this will be an evening of performance, including works by Tian Bai, Rebecca E Davies (with Holly Jarvis), Gary Fisher and Emre Yağcı.

Below are details of the exhibition and events programme:

Postgraduate Shows 2014: School of Media, MA Sound Arts
Private View: Monday 1 December 7-9pm
Exhibition open: Tuesday 2 – Sunday 7 December
See opening times:
Late opening: Thursday 4 December until 9pm
Symposium and Performances: Sunday 7 December
RSVP for symposium and performance evening to: Lisa Hall,
Venue: Angus-Hughes Gallery, Hackney, E5 0PD

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New out of hours IT Service Desk

University IT Services are pleased to announce that the Service Desk is now able to offer out of hours support.

Starting from 10 December, staff and students with IT problems will be able to phone our usual Service Desk number (0207 514 9898) for help and support between 5pm to 8am weekdays, plus weekends and holiday periods (including Christmas and bank holidays).

Any questions contact Service Desk on

Illegal downloads and copyright infringements

University IT Services have been informed by our network provider of several recent copyright infringements, primarily the downloading of pirated current box-office films.

Please be aware that it is illegal to download pirated films, music or any other copyrighted material from the internet. Staff or students found to be doing this using UAL’s internet connection may face disciplinary action or be suspended from work or study.

More information on UAL policy can be found in our IT terms of use. Please contact IT Service Desk via if you have any questions.