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New Unit Evaluations at UAL

Unit Evaluations

This year, UAL is introducing Unit Evaluations for all undergraduate and taught postgraduate students across the University.

Unit Evaluations are your opportunity to feed back to us about the units that you are studying via a short online survey. By giving your feedback, you can help us to make positive changes to your course while you are studying with us – the more students respond, the more impact your feedback will have.

How to complete a Unit Evaluation
You will receive an email one week before the end of each unit on your course and you can also access your surveys by logging in to your course Moodle site. Open the link and complete the short online survey on your PC, Mac, tablet, phone or mobile device. The survey includes 10 short questions and only takes a few minutes to complete. The survey will be open for two weeks so make sure you respond straight away.

How we will use your feedback
When the survey closes, your Course Leader will receive the anonymous feedback from all the students on your unit. They will post a response to your feedback on your course Moodle site, highlighting where they think they might be able to make positive changes to your course. Your Course Reps will also discuss the results at your course or programme committee, your feedback will be included in your course’s annual monitoring processes and the University will use the data to help improve the experiences of all students at UAL.

Find out more
Further information about Unit Evaluations, including answers to some frequently asked questions, and guidance on making your feedback as useful as possible, is available on the Unit Evaluations web pages.

Apply for the next UAL Showroom exhibition

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To run in conjunction with London Fashion Week and UAL Green Week, the UAL Showroom will present an exhibition of work that is a Voice for Change. Submissions should creatively challenge the status quo through foregrounding environmental and social equity within fashion. Selected work will be exhibited from January – March 2015.

We are looking for UAL students and alumni to feature in the exhibition:

Work exhibited can include:

  • Design concepts, collections and services based on principles of sustainability applied to fashion or beauty, and fashion accessories (menswear, womenswear, bags, hats, jewellery, footwear, cosmetics etc).
  • Fashion photography or illustration with a demonstrable ethic in terms ofenvironmental and / or social sustainability or story relating to this subject matter.
  • Presentation of a social enterprise operating within fashion and its communities.
  • All submissions must clearly demonstrate your ambition, methods and process undertaken
  • Visually arresting and thought provoking pieces informed by sustainability imperatives

To apply to be part of this exhibition please download the application form below:

New Unit Evaluations at UAL

Unit Evaluations

This year, UAL is introducing Unit Evaluations for all undergraduate and taught postgraduate students.

Unit Evaluations give students the opportunity to feed back to us about the units on their course via a short online survey. By gathering feedback from students at unit level, we can find ways to enhance their experience, act on areas that need improvement and share good practice, while students are still studying with us.

Further information is available on the Unit Evaluations staff intranet pages.

The student-facing Unit Evaluations web pages also include FAQs, videos and more to introduce students to the new system and encourage them to complete surveys.

What happens next?

We are currently in the process of setting up the surveys for each unit. Once this process is complete, your Academic Administration team will be able to provide a schedule of all the surveys for your course.

In the meantime, if you have any queries about the project, please do not hesitate to contact the Unit Evaluations team at unit.evaluation@arts.ac.uk.

The Creative Outlet

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20 Oct – 23 Dec 2014
09:00 to 20:00

The Creative Outlet is an annual showcase of exciting emerging and established talent, selling unique seasonal gift ideas – ranging from innovative jewellery design to contemporary interior products.

The original works on display – designed and produced by University of the Arts London students and alumni – can all be bought directly from the exhibitors, through their online shops, and at our festive pop-up shop on 4 December, where you can meet the artists and designers, and buy their work in person.

Exhibitors: Alex Burgess, Amanda Tong, Anshu Hu, Augusta Akerman, Camilla Brueton, Celia Dowson, Charlotte Day, David Bennett, Edyta Slabonska, Emi Dixon, Emily Carter, Emma Alington, Evdokia Savva, Finchittida Finch, Gaurab Thakali, Jungeun Han, Kolin and William, Nao Creative, Observatory Place, Reiko Kaneko, Richard McDonald, Rob Halhead-Baker, Robbie Porter, Rolfe&Wills, Sarah ‘Kenikie’ Palmer, Soo Kim, Sylvia Moritz and YU Square.

Accommodation – autumn term open days

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If you’re a current student and are interested in staying in Halls next year, we are holding three Autumn Open Days at a selection of our halls this term.

  • Wednesday 29 October
  • Wednesday 12 November
  • Wednesday 26 November

Places on the tours are limited, so please make sure you reserve your spot. Visit the Accommodation Services website for more detail and information on how to book.

Please note applications for September 2015 will be open in May 2015. If you have any queries, please email us on accommodation@arts.ac.uk

Nigel Carrington on action to improve student experience at UAL

The latest National Student Survey shows many courses at or near the very highest levels of satisfaction… but it also shows that UAL has disappointed students in some important respects.

Overall satisfaction has dropped from 74% to 71%, although satisfaction with teaching is up 1%. Indeed, the score for overall satisfaction is lower than the average satisfaction level across all other indicators. Almost 30% of our students are telling us that, taken as a whole, their experience at UAL didn’t live up to expectations. This matters a lot. We all need to work with our students to ensure there is a strong academic and creative experience at UAL.

I have therefore asked Philip Broadhead, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), to work with Pro Vice-Chancellors and follow up a range of College, School and course initiatives which were agreed last month.

We are well placed to help improve these scores. A number of actions are already underway. In 2013, we put in place a targeted programme, called Making A Difference, for courses with low levels of satisfaction of 60% or less. Encouragingly, this markedly improved results for nearly all participating courses, and we will deploy it again this year for the 20 courses with overall satisfaction levels below 60%.

We have introduced anonymous student evaluation for all units and a new academic support structure, including Academic Support online. Colleges have improved communication between staff and students, feedback turnaround times and access to equipment. We will also put major investment into the student experience through the UAL strategy for 2015-2020, which will be launched soon.

I know many members of staff have worked hard for some time to improve the student experience, and may be frustrated by the recent NSS results. We are doing the right things, and they will work.

In the meantime, I want to make two points on early action and responsibility.

First, we must ensure that students see that we respond to their feedback quickly. This means showing that we are listening, taking immediate action to identify their concerns, and – crucially – telling them when the problem has been resolved. We cannot wait for the National Student Survey at the end of the degree in order to listen to our students.

Second, wherever we work and whatever we do, each of us contributes to the student experience. This is not something which happens in a different part of the university, or only with teaching staff, or just because of management. Our students have delivered a clear message on what they expect from UAL as a whole. Please help to reassure them we are each listening to them and will address their concerns.

Open Access Week: October 20-26, Everywhere

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Open Access Week is a global event, now in its seventh year, promoting Open Access as a new norm in scholarship and research.

Open Access means free availability of published scholarly research. Open Access literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. What makes it possible is the internet and the consent of the author or copyright holder.

Academic authors rarely receive royalties for their scholarly writing; they publish their research as a benefit to their fields, and to society as a whole. However, this work is then sold by the publishers at very high prices. Students and scholars lucky enough to belong to wealthy universities can find and use this material because their libraries buy it for them, but the vast majority of interested people simply can’t access this scholarship.

The Internet is changing this. In the digital age, scholarly research can be made available online for free access, licensed for the widest possible visibility and use, while still protecting the authors’ rights.

Open Access is part of the wider ‘Open’ environment: a commitment to sharing ideas and innovation as part of a worldwide community. This is the most effective way to support knowledge transfer, and ensure that universities and colleges can play a leading role in stimulating the knowledge economy.

UAL supports the Open environment and is committed to Open Access. UAL Research Online is the university’s Open Access collection of its research outputs; hundreds of people visit UALRO every day to browse, discover and download the texts of our scholarly publications, as well as rich content representing our practice-based research. UALRO was the first Open Access institutional collection of scholarly research in arts and design, and remains the biggest and best known collection of its type. Over 35,000 individual research items are available in UALRO, and the collection is growing every day. Contact us at ualresearchonline@arts.ac.uk to find out more,  arrange one-to-one training, and open up free, global access to your scholarly research.

Upgrade to Microsoft Office 2013 for PC users – action required

IT Services are pleased to announce that all UAL Windows PCs are being upgraded to Microsoft Office 2013. This includes Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and OneNote. We’re giving you the chance to install Microsoft Office 2013 in your own time from 14 October and will be releasing the software automatically towards the end of November.

Before you start

  • Please ensure any open files are saved and all Office applications are closed before you start the installation process.
  • Before doing so, if you have manually created archive files you will have to re-add these in Outlook. Please note the location of your PST files by clicking on File > Account Settings > Account Settings > Data File and copy the data file locations for any archive folders.

Users of the following systems have been excluded from the upgrade due to incompatibility issues with Microsoft Office 2013.

  • Archibus
  • HPS
  • Invision
  • Language Centre Database
  • Maximizer

Installing Microsoft Office 2013

From Tuesday 14 October you should see the Microsoft Office 2013 icon on your desktop. At a convenient time please double-click the icon to start the installation process. Installation should take around 30 minutes, after which your computer will restart. After the restart, log in with your UAL credentials as normal. The Microsoft Office 2013 icons will be located under Start > All Programs > Microsoft Office 2013. Please note that the upgrade removes your email (Outlook) profile, so you will need to re-add your email signature (the easiest way to do so is to copy from an old email) and PST archive files (as per the instructions above). Training videos and how to guides can be found on the Office 2013 intranet page.

Any questions please contact the IT Service Desk via it@arts.ac.uk or call 9898.

UAL’s Language Centre ranks joint third in UK

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The EL Gazette (English Language Gazette) recently listed the top 20 UK university language centres (based on British Council inspection results) and ranked UAL’s Language Centre joint third in the UK, and number one in London.

The Language Centre received a very positive report from the British Council when it was inspected in November 2013. Strengths were noted in areas such as academic staff profile, course design and teaching.

The EL Gazette used this report to rank the Language Centre against 48 other university language centres.

Top 20 centres:

1 = Edinburgh, Leeds Metropolitan
3 = St Mark and St John Plymouth, University of the Arts London, Northumbria
6 = Brunel, King’s College London, Manchester, Leicester, Sheffield Hallam
11 = Brighton, Gloucestershire, Sheffield University, University College London, Queen Mary’s
16 = Canterbury Christchurch, Birmingham, Liverpool
20 = Anglia Ruskin, Manchester Met, Oxford Brooks, Leeds, Portsmouth

University language centres make up just eight per cent of English teaching institutions inspected by the British Council, but all are ranked in the top 10 per cent.

The Language Centre at UAL has continued to develop beyond its core purpose of providing English language training and support for non-native speakers. New directions include various research projects, intercultural communications training, modern languages courses, and clear and accessible English sessions for staff.

The full article can be read on the EL Gazette website (please note, users must register to view articles).

London Film Festival 2014

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Presenting 248 of the best new British and international films, the 58th London Film Festival champions London as the world’s leading creative city. This year’s line up sees the launch of  UAL Professor of Film William Raban’s bold new film 72-82, which continues his ongoing examination of London’s stratified social geography, taking a fertile, creative scene in which William himself played a significant part as its subject. Solely using archival visual materials, he revisits the first ten years of art organization Acme, highlighting its work in housing artists in the East End and the extraordinary work that was produced.

The powerful archival footage in 72-82 incorporates Stephen Cripps’ pyrotechnic displays, an abrasive Anne Bean music performance and Stuart Brisley’s politically charged action ‘Ten Days’. Interviewees include Cosey Fanni Tutti, Jock McFadyen and David Critchley. William reflects on the nature of ‘evidence’ while a very particular vision of creative activity emerges – one based on devoted experimentation, location specificity and process.

72-82 image by GrahamCooper

Speaking ahead of the film’s premiere, William says: “72-82 was edited at LCC on Saturdays and holidays when the facilities were closed to students – hence the credit to UAL and LCC at the end. Anna Jurkowiecka edited the film with me. She graduated from our Film and Television Course at LCC in 2012 and as soon as she left she edited my first digital production with me and the two others that followed. It is great to be able to employ ex-students and to ensure they get properly paid for their work and with LCC graduates you know that you are employing an aspiring professional. Because the film was assembled entirely from archive materials it was really an intensive editing job that took 18 months to complete.”

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“The image above is of Stephen Cripps’ performance which is one of the highlights of the film. Stephen Cripps tragically died aged 29 in 1982. I filmed one of his last pyrotechnic performances at the Acme Gallery in 1981 from which this is a still. I think my film is the only surviving film documentation of Cripps’s performance work. Stephen Cripps has now been belatedly recognised as one of the leading artists of his generation and inspired the legendary Bow Gamelan Ensemble comprising Anne Bean, Richard Wilson and the late Paul Burwell.”

William Raban sees the film screen as both the window for external projection as well as a mirror through which the process of film construction is reflected and the space where spectators can reflect upon their engagement. His career in the early 1970s developed through the London Filmmakers’ Co-op with structural filmmaking and expanded cinema. The opening programme of the Tanks at Tate Modern (2012) recognized the significance of Raban’s contribution to expanded cinema by commissioning a one week Filmaktion event in 2012 in which Raban was a key contributor showing early multi-screen films and the new installation Duchamp’s Dissent. All his films adopt an experimental method in terms of their formal construction that is combined with a rigorous factual approach to the subject material.

For the last 30 years, Raban’s research has been largely concerned with making films in the visual essay and poetic documentary form. London and the River Thames have been two consistent themes in his work since the feature length Thames Film in 1986.

William says: “”I am delighted 72-82 has its premiere at the London International Film Festival. It is an excellent platform from which to launch the film and hopefully it will be showing at many festivals abroad and who knows, might even be shown on television. The London Film Festival screening is sold out but you can catch the film at LCC on 23 October and following the film I shall be in conversation with artist Richard Wilson who continues his sculptural investigations in a similar way that the radical artists at the Acme Gallery did in the late 70s which is what my film is all about.”

Commenting on William Raban’s influential role, UAL Chair of Global Art, Isaac Julien said: “This position at UAL has a lot of personal meaning for me. I studied Fine Art Film at St. Martins in the 80s and it was here that I made Territories for my graduation show under the influence of tutors such as William Raban, Tina Keane and Malcolm Le Grice. That same film is now in the Pompidou Collection, in large part thanks to the close support I had in making it over thirty years ago.”

The Festival also sees the premiere of  A Little Chaos; directed by Alan Rickman, the film stars Drama Centre alumna Helen McCrory in a tale of social intrigue set in the Court of King Louis XIV.

The BFI London Film Festival runs until 19 October. Read the full programme on the BFI website

Find out more about the 72-82 screening and in conversation event on the UAL website

Read more about London College of Communication Professor of Film William Raban on the UAL website

Search film and performance courses on the UAL website