Archive for the ‘University of the Arts London’ category

Printing problems at CSM

We are currently experiencing problems with the UniFlow printing system at CSM King’s Cross and Archway campus.

The top-up kiosk is not in operation at the moment so students should top up using the online payment portal (with a debit/credit card). However, some students have topped up their printing accounts online but their balance has not been credited. If your balance has not been updated after one hour, please contact the IT Service Desk on 0207 514 9898. You will need to provide the reference number on your printing receipt.

This problem is being dealt with as high priority and we are working closely with our suppliers to resolve the issue.

For more information visit the printing essentials page.

2 for 1 ‘Stranger than Fiction’ exhibition tickets for students

Stranger than Fiction

Media Space at the Science Museum are offering 2 for 1 tickets for students for ‘Stranger than Fiction‘, an exhibition by Joan Fontcuberta, which runs until 9 November.

Please download the voucher below and bring this, along with your student pass, along to the Museum to redeem the offer.

2 for 1 voucher

Black History Month 2014

Man1 – Cheryl Kohl, BA Fine Art, CSM

This year UAL celebrates Black History Month with an exhibition programme curated by the African Caribbean Society; Unspoken Barriers is a major series of events created by London College of Communication Students’ Union Vice-President, Bee Tajudeen and funded by the UAL Widening Participation fund. UAL students and graduates from a variety of disciplines were invited to submit artwork reflecting the themes surrounding Black History Month, and experiences of black students in the current educational climate. This artwork has been collated to create the first in a series of exhibitions under the ‘Unspoken Barriers’ title.

Bee Tajudeen comments: “I’m so pleased to see an exhibition that is student led to go up at LCC, especially on such an important subject. I would like to thank all the exhibitors who submitted and urge everyone to go an look at these thought-provoking pieces.”

Brazilian Girl – Kai Lutterodt, BA Journalism, LCC

UAL Joint Chairs of Black Art and Design, Sonia Boyce and Paul Goodwin, present ‘Movements’, a selection of works from the June Givanni Pan-African Cinema Archive  on show until 27 October. They are also currently preparing for Ghosts; opening on 2 November Ghosts is a year-long series of single work and focused displays featuring key art works from a range of British Black and Asian artists exploring ideas around technologies, subjectivities and contemporary art practice. They will explore how artists have interrogated the complex relationships between technology, subjectivity and strategies of art making in an age of migration, globalisation and dispersed diaspora identities. Questioning what art can tell us about the transformation of gendered, class and racialised subjectivities in our techno-cultural and information rich societies, what a critical art practice look like today, and  what are the excesses that hover as a ghostly spectre around forms of representation and its technologies, the displays by contemporary practitioners will attempt to address these.

Read more about Unspoken Barriers on the UAL event listings

Read more about Ghosts on the UAL event listings

Find out more about UAL Joint Chairs of Black Art and Design, Sonia Boyce and Paul Goodwin, on the UAL website

 Hot Day – Samira Oulaillah, MA Photojournalism, LCC

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


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

The Creative Outlet


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


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

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


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 to find out more,  arrange one-to-one training, and open up free, global access to your scholarly research.