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Half term Family Community Day


Thursday 29 May 1.00–4.00pm
Platform Foyer Bar at Central Saint Martins

Are you a student or staff member with children or other caring responsibilities?

We invite parents and carers to bring their children to this family-friendly networking event, taking place during half term.

This is a chance to meet others at UAL, share experiences, and discuss how we can improve support for carers at UAL. We will also host creative workshops for the children.

Since the UAL nursery closed in 2010, staff and student carers have been almost invisible across the colleges. There are a number of issues faced, which include: restrictions on access to buildings for those with children; a lack of spaces to breastfeed; timetabling that interferes with nursery/school hours; means-tested bursaries that don’t take caring costs into account; individuals being denied Carers’ Allowance; and lack of appropriate student housing.

These are just some of the reasons we need to get together and work out some solutions (while having a cup of tea and a chance to get messy, of course). Come along and bring the family!

RSVP by email to

Shelly Asquith
SUARTS President

Bring your musical and design talents to the Staff Summer Party

Are you in a band?

Would you like to share your musical talent with your colleagues at the Staff Summer Party on 26 June? We invite those of you who are musically inclined to be part of the line-up of entertainment!

If you’d like to get involved, email with the subject ‘SUMMER PARTY BAND’ providing the following information:

  • What are you called? (stage name!)
  • What kind of music do you play? Rock, Soul, Country, etc…
  • How many are in your band?
  • What equipment do you require?
  • Do you take requests or do covers?
  • Where are you based (college/service) and are the members of your group also staff? If so, where are they based?
  • Anything else you would like to tell us about your music?

Please send as much information as you can. If you already have an album deal, please do send us a copy!

Do you like to DJ?

We will have a number of DIY DJ slots at the Staff Summer Party on 26 June, and we invite you to bring along 3-5 of your best-loved 45s (7-inch vinyl only, no CDs).

DJ slots are limited. To book a slot, email with the subject ‘DJ SUMMER PARTY’ and your set list (5-10 tracks). Anything goes – Ska, Northern Soul, Hip-Hop, Disco, House, 80′s Pop, Rock or Folk!

Help us dress up the venue!

We would love to see a reflection of the creativity and diversity of the staff community at UAL. Using Staff Summer Party bunting template (PDF), please send us a piece of bunting along the theme of Summer Garden Party to add to the decor. You can use any sort of fabric or paper with either ready-made or your own designs!

Please send your bunting by 23 June to:

Kyra Bown
College Management Office
4th floor, Granary Building CSM


Sian Harris
Events Team, Marketing and Student Recruitment
5th floor, High Holborn


Damali Bah
Central Administration Office
5th floor, LCC

The best designs will be announced at the party! Buy tickets now.

Mead Scholarships & Fellowships – Apply by 28 April 2014, 10am

The Scholarships and Fellowships are awarded to students or graduates who have demonstrated outstanding ideas and excellence in practice across a wide range of creative sectors, or the use of creative solutions in other sectors.

The Mead Scholarship will provide up to three awards of up to £2,500 each for undergraduate students, and the Mead Fellowship will provide up to two awards of up to £10,000 each to new and recent graduates. The Mead Programme is managed by Student Enterprise and Employability (SEE) and generously supported by philanthropist Scott Mead, a fine art photographer, philanthropist and investor based in London for over 20 years.

For full details and application process, please visit:

Applications need to be submitted by 28 April 2014, 10am.

Royal recognition for UAL design teaching

UAL staff have paid a visit to Buckingham Palace to officially receive the Queen’s Anniversary Prize – awarded as part of the honours system to recognise outstanding teaching and research in UK universities.

Jonathan Barratt, Dean for Development and Quality at CSM (foreground), and Vice-Chancellor Nigel Carrington accept the award

Jonathan Barratt, Dean for Development and Quality at CSM (foreground), and Vice-Chancellor Nigel Carrington accept the award

The University receives the award for seventy five years of product and industrial design teaching at Central Saint Martins that has produced game-changing ideas from laptop computers to the Routemaster bus.

First taught in 1938 as Design for Light Industry, the subject has evolved to focus as much on tackling social, environmental and quality of life issues as on developing new products.

Welcoming the recognition, which was announced in November 2013, Programme Director of Product, Ceramic and Industrial Design at CSM, Nick Rhodes, said: “We have taught product and industrial design here since the 1930s, and our alumni and lecturers continue to lead the profession, shaping the designed environment internationally, crossing all sectors from consumer electronics to furniture, transport systems to domestic appliances, services to social enterprise. In fact, our undergraduate offering has produced more Royal Designers for Industry in this discipline than any other course in the world.


“At Central Saint Martins we have always striven to produce product and industrial design graduates with great skill and creative ambition, people who will make real and positive impact in the world, and it is absolutely fantastic to be recognised for our achievement by this incredibly prestigious award which identifies our work and the profound impact of our discipline on the creative economy of the United Kingdom and beyond.”

See more about BA Product Design at CSM

See more about MA Industrial Design at CSM

Back Row: Philip Broadhead, John Sorrell, Nick Rhodes Middle: Nigel Charrington, Jonathan Barratt, Front Students: Upsana Simha (MAID 1), Ella Dorfman (BAPD 3), Gen Wakabayashi (MAID 2), Kaye Toland (BAPD 1), Kiki Lam (BAPD 2)

Back Row: Philip Broadhead, John Sorrell, Nick Rhodes
Middle: Nigel Charrington, Jonathan Barratt,
Front Students: Upsana Simha (MAID 1), Ella Dorfman (BAPD 3), Gen
Wakabayashi (MAID 2), Kaye Toland (BAPD 1), Kiki Lam (BAPD 2)

Nigel Carrington, Vice-Chancellor of University of the Arts London, added:

“I’m delighted for our staff, students and graduates that our excellence in industrial and product design has been recognised in this way. What they do fundamentally changes how we experience the world – how we communicate and socialise, how we work, how we engage politically, what our homes look and feel like. It’s this applied creativity that underpins all sectors of the UK economy, generates employment and attracts investment. I’m very proud that UAL is at the heart of it.”

Engagement with the creative and wider industries is a fundamental part of the courses, and students learn through working on live briefs with real clients. Projects have included working with Transport for London on reducing bicycle theft through better design to partnering with the London Borough of Camden on its Green Camden initiative to explore how design can reduce carbon emissions. Other industry partners include Absolut Vodka, Bloomberg, Christian Dior, GlaxoSmithKline, Microsoft and Nespresso.

Designed by CSM graduate Antony Joseph

Designed by CSM graduate Antony Joseph

Jeremy Till, Pro Vice-Chancellor of UAL and Head of Central Saint Martins, said:

“A big emphasis for students on these courses is on learning to ask better questions and recognise better answers. We want to nurture professionals who can rethink what individuals and companies want to achieve and how they can achieve it, and who can generate innovation rather than simply anticipating and planning for it. Industry partners want to work with us because it’s exactly that approach that keeps them ahead of the curve.”

Graduates from the courses include Bill Moggridge, who designed the first portable computer, Douglas Scott, responsible for the style of London’s iconic Routemaster bus, and Paul Priestman and Nigel Goode, who have worked with Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Trains, and are now focused on designing a concept capsule for World View that will take passengers on balloon flights to the edge of the earth.

Current student projects include the Metabin designed by MA Industrial Design student Fernanda Costa, a small-scale home anaerobic digester that can ‘eat’ household waste such as food and cardboard and transform it into energy. She now works as Industrial Designer at start-up Loowatt, a waterless toilet system that turns human waste into energy and fertiliser.

Ten Royal Designers for Industry for product or industrial design are UAL graduates, over half the awards for this subject area.

Free Q&A with Domenic Lippa, Partner and Designer at Pentagram Design

Domenic Lippa, Partner and Designer at Pentagram Design, will be taking part in a free Q&A chaired by Amanda Jenkins, Associate Dean of Camberwell College of Arts, as part of our UAL Meets series on Wednesday 19 February.

This free event will take place in the Podium Theatre at London College of Communication from 4.30 to 6pm.

Find out more about the event and book your place here.

Afterwards, there will be an opportunity to meet with fellow students, staff and alumni over a drink and find out more about what’s happening across UAL.

Domenic Lippa

Domenic Lippa studied graphic design at the London College of Printing, now London College of Communication. He went on to found and lead the highly successful agency Lippa Pearce for 16 years before becoming a partner at Pentagram London in 2006.

Domenic has developed a worldwide reputation for his work in identity, packaging, retail graphics, typography, signage and print. His clients range from Swarovski, Clarks Shoes and H&M to , BT, TDK and Virgin Media. His relationship with UAL was renewed in 2012 when he art directed the University’s new visual identity.

For the last eight years, Dominic has been Design Director for the London Design Festival, working with its team in developing all aspects of the Festival’s graphic output.

Domenic’s interest and knowledge in typography has led him to co-edit and design the international magazine baseline and for many years he sat on the executive committee of the Typographic Circle – an organisation dedicated to raising interest and standards in typography where he was its Chairman for two years. Domenic also co-edits and designs their magazine Circular and in 2013, as part of the London Design Festival, the V&A showed an exhibition titled ‘8-18’ featuring the 10 issues of Circular he has designed over 15 years.

You can put your question to Domenic at the event or via Twitter using the hashtag #UALMeets.

The event will be live tweeted by @UniArtsLondon and highlights will be published on the University’s news page via Storify.

See more on previous UAL Meets with Grayson PerryMichael WolffTom HulmeJon SnowJohn Akomfrah and Iwona Blazwick.


Combined trade union and transport strike action – Thursday 6 February

Message from Nick Rogers – Director, Human Resources

As there will be transport disruption at the same time as trade union strike action on Thursday 6 February, it is important that staff who are genuinely unable to get into work for transport reasons, discuss and agree their alternative working arrangements at the earliest opportunity with their line manager so they are not inadvertently deducted a day’s pay for strike action.

Changes to Services for Students – Thursday 6 February

Message from Mark Crawley, UAL Dean of Students

Due to strike action by some University staff on Thursday 6 February we have had to make the following changes to services for students:

Camberwell Library – open 09.30 – 16.45
Chelsea Library – open 09.30 – 16.45
Wimbledon Library – open 13.00 – 16.45
LCF Library – open 9.00 – 22.00 but services may be limited due to reduced staff numbers

We expect all other Libraries, the KX Learning Zone and the Archives and Special Collections Centre to be open at their normal times.
Opening times may still be subject to change. Latest information will be posted on the Library Services Blog and Twitter

Support Services for students

Support Services will have reduced staffing
Enquiries can be made to the Student Centre Helpdesk at High Holborn 020 7514 6900

Harriet Harman commissions Camberwell Christmas card

Christmas card

It seems fitting that our last blog post for this year is a little festive! Harriet Harman MP for Camberwell & Peckham decided that this year rather than use the House of Commons Christmas cards she would commission her own from Camberwell College of Arts.

The card was designed by Alice Tye who has recently graduated from BA Illustration. Since graduating, Alice has been interning at Camberwell Press, the College’s in-house publishing and design organisation. You may remember Alice’s Californian and movie inspired illustrations from the graduate summer show which were one of the highlights.

Diamonds are Forever, Alice Tye

Harriet Harman said “Camberwell is in the vanguard of art and design and I’m delighted to showcase their work with my 2013 card which combines cutting edge design with an image of our historic Parliament”.






NUS Extra cards available to UAL staff

UAL staff can experience a large range of exclusive discounts and benefits by purchasing an NUS Extra card.

NUS Extra cards can be purchased directly from the SUARTs reception on the first floor of High Holborn, where your card will be produced and then ready to take away. Cards cost £12 (card payments not accepted) and you will need to bring a UK passport style photo.

Please note that from 19 Dec – 6 Jan 2014 staff will not be able to collect their cards due to the SUARTs reception being closed.