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UAL ranks in overall top 30 in UK’s latest higher education research audit

University of the Arts London ranks among the top research universities with 83% of its research graded as world leading and internationally excellent, following the Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF 2014).

UAL is placed by REF 2014 in the overall top 30 UK research institutions for the quality of research submitted. It is a top 5 research university in its broader peer group and first in the Power ranking in the Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory category.

Analysis by Times Higher Education shows that UAL enjoys 15.22% market share of all art and design research in the UK, by far the largest share of any institution.

Nigel Carrington, Vice-Chancellor of UAL, said:

“UAL is known as a centre of excellence in practice-based teaching. I am delighted that we are now also recognised as a leading research university. We are making important contributions to global research on creative practice, sustainability, fashion, curation and the history of art and design.”

UAL has the largest community of designer and artist researchers in the world, and is a dynamic location for contemporary art historical research.

This is the most influential UK-wide benchmark for research. The results will be used by the four UK higher education funding bodies to allocate research funding to universities – around £2 billion per year from 2015-16.

1. REF 2014 provides a robust and thorough assessment of the quality of universities’ research in all disciplines. The research of 52,061 academic staff from 154 UK universities was peer-reviewed by a series of panels comprising UK and international experts, and external users of research.
2. REF 2014 was undertaken by the four higher education funding bodies for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It replaces the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), last conducted in 2008. The results are available at
3. REF 2014 was a process of expert review. HEIs were invited to make submissions in 36 units of assessment. Submissions were assessed by an expert sub-panel for each unit of assessment, working under the guidance of four main panels. Sub-panels applied a set of generic assessment criteria and level definitions, to produce an overall quality profile for each submission.
4. The overall quality profile awarded to each submission is derived from three elements:
a. The quality of research outputs. This contributes 65 per cent of the overall quality profile. The panels reviewed 191,150 submitted research outputs.
b. The social, economic and cultural impact of research. This contributes 20 per cent of the overall quality profile. This is a new feature in the assessment framework. The panels reviewed 6,975 submitted impact case studies.
c. The research environment. This contributes 15 per cent of the overall quality profile.
5. UAL places 26th out of all UK higher education institutions who submitted to REF 2014 in all subjects.
6. 83% of UAL’s research was assessed as world-leading (31%) and internationally excellent (52%).
7. Of all UK higher education institutions in unit of assessment 34 (Art & Design: History, Practice and Theory), UAL is 1st in the Power ranking.
8. UAL is 5th of all higher education institutions from peer group D who submitted research in unit of assessment 34: Art & Design.
9. UAL’s research case studies can be found at



Nigel Carrington praises UAL’s research community following REF 2014

After years of hard work, we now know that UAL has achieved an outstanding result in the Research Excellence Framework 2014. You can read our public statement on the UAL news pages.

83% of the research we submitted was graded as world-leading and internationally excellent. This places UAL in the overall top 30 UK research institutions in the UK for the quality of research submitted.

To put this in context, REF 2014 is the most influential and far-reaching UK-wide benchmark for research. The results will be used by the four UK higher education funding bodies to allocate research funding to universities – around £2 billion per year from 2015-16. So this result should have a big influence on our fortunes over the next six years.

As I have said more publicly, UAL is known as a centre of excellence in practice-based teaching. I am delighted that we are now also recognised as a leading research university against international benchmarks.

I want to pay tribute and thanks to the leadership of Professor Oriana Baddeley, UAL’s Dean of Research, and to the huge efforts of the entire research community at UAL. We are making important contributions to global research. It is right that this is recognised.

Nigel Carrington
Vice-Chancellor, UAL

New names to know in South Korea

As the Korean Wave continues to send ripples across the Pacific, we celebrate six of the new names you need to know in South Korea:

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1. Kathleen Kye
Kathleen Kye’s book about her time studying at Central Saint Martins topped the best-seller list in South Korea, while her luxe streetwear label KYE is the go-to for K Pop stars, counting CL, G-Dragon and 4minute amongst its fans. After two seasons showing with Concept Korea at New York Fashion Week, KYE now has a solo slot in the official NYFW schedule. Rita Ora, Kanye West and Carine Roitfeld have all been spotted in the label’s looks.

Harry BigButton

2. SungSoo Lee
Rock star SungSoo Lee, a graduate of LCC, is the lead singer of Harry Bigbutton and has been playing sell out shows in Seoul after finding fame on survival contest TV show Top Band.


3. Jackie Lee
Jackie Lee‘s sleek androgynous designs were honoured by  the British Fashion Council with the prestigious opening catwalk slot at London Fashion Week. A graduate of MA Fashion at CSM, Jackie’s label J. JS Lee creates distinctive minimalist designs which draw on tailoring, her spring/summer ’15 collection drew rave reviews from the international fashion press.

Youngmi Chun with Jeremy Till

4. Youngmi Chun
Selected for New Contemporaries after graduating from MA Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts, stellar artist Youngmi Chun has exhibited at the Royal Academy in London and Leeum in Seoul. Her installation pieces, often exploring states of existence, are held in international collections.


5. Steve Jung and Yoni Pai
Label Steve J and Yoni P is the hottest ticket at Seoul Fashion Week. The designers behind the label, Steve Jung and Yoni Pai, graduates of CSM and LCF respectively, draw on renaissance references and graffiti art in designs inspired by “antique plants and witty graphics combined with statue prints, colors of baby pink, lemon yellow, green and royal blue”. Key items from their collections include outerwear with lettering prints and snapbacks with detachable veils.

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UAL Edit Interview: Jackie Lee

Jackie Lee
A graduate of Central Saint Martins’ MA Fashion Jackie Lee’s sleek and chic androgynous pieces in tailoring are on every wishlist for 2015.  With a vision for “a modern woman who is concerned with looking sharp in a uniquely feminine way” her label J. JS Lee opened London Fashion Week S/S15. Vogue say of her aesthetic “Lee’s girl is a certain type: she’s fuss-free and cool because of it. She might like her muted tones and her less-is-more approach but she does know how to.” Born in Seoul, South Korea, Jackie lives and works in London. She was awarded the Harrods Design Prize in 2010.


Who or what first inspired you to become a designer?
It goes back to my childhood, my mom was a knitwear designer, she designed and produced in her boutique when she was young before she got married. Then she had to give up the designing part and be a housewife, because she had five kids. She used to knit all the clothes – knit, reknit, knit, reknit – so we all used to have to wear it. When I was young I didn’t really like it because when you’re a kid you want something from the store, you want similar things that your friends wear, you don’t want to wear handmade things, I used to ask for things from brands but she’d say “come on, we can’t afford it, clothing for five kids!” But if I look back I feel like actually, that knitwear’s gorgeous! Now I can realise whenever I see my childhood photos, “wow, it’s an amazing colour combination, amazing stitches, mom actually this is great!” So actually I learned how to create clothing because I used to help my mom. And my sister is a painter, so she’s really good at colour palette, I learned a lot from my sister as well, so naturally I thought I’m going to apply for the fashion design course at the University.


What are you working on at the moment?
I’m working on the new collection, the upcoming collection. We have the major collection which is autumn/winter in February, but before that I’m working on my first pre-fall collection. Now I’m doing the research and designing process for the pre-fall and the autumn/winter. It never stops! Time flies.

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What are you most passionate about?
Apart from fashion? These days I’m really into furniture, DIY! I half think I shouldn’t do this, but I’ve been collecting lots of rubbish boxes or maybe something from a bin and bring it into my studio – which my studio manager hates – and paint them, put wheels underneath and use it as a trolley. I love to create something new from rubbish, valuable things. I’m really into it now.

Jackie Lee takes a bow at the end of her Spring Summer 2014 catwalk show at Somerset House

Which part of creative work do you most love?
All the artists, or architects or fashion visionaries or even someone out doing a boring job, they have the whole process from nothing to the end and I’m sure most people enjoy the beginning part, the research part where we get inspired and certainly that part is my favourite part. When I start researching I can’t even sleep it’s so exciting – I need to find the next amazing source and create something from nothing, and when you make something from nothing you feel like “wow, I did something”. That feeling is so good, I really love that part of the whole journey. But once I’m done with the exciting sketches all the boring jobs are coming. I’m pretty certain all designers don’t like the production part, that is so boring!

Dalston Banksy Turf War exhibition Photo Alan Denney
Where is your favourite London haunt?
I’m based in east London, in Dalston, which I used to hate but now it’s super hot. Everybody moves there and all the artists and unique people open their own stores, they don’t care about money, they’re focused on their art. So my current  favourites are east Hackney and Dalston. Every day there’s something new coming up. Before that I used to say Tate Modern, you can see the Tower of London which is very historical and Tate Modern, which is very modern, facing each other and that’s very interesting.

Candy Crush Photo Alper Çuğun

What is your guilty pleasure?
A lot! First of all I’m a heavy smoker. The second, I play games and if I get addicted then – for example, Candy Crush – I have to reach the top level otherwise I don’t stop. Before I sleep I always play an hour or two. I drink too much coffee – six or seven coffees a day – I know, it’s too much isn’t it!

Jack Kerouac On The Road

Name a favourite book, song and film
On the Road – it’s an amazing book, all the lore, I love all the journey, who they met…
I’m really into the song that I used for my last collection for the catwalk, by Fujiya & Miyagi. I didn’t know the artists before but I love all their songs.
Begin Again – I don’t watch horror films or I can’t sleep, and nothing too complicated or I don’t really watch it, but these kind of dramas and soft things I love. But if I had to chose one favourite film I would have to say Harry Potter – it’s not because I’m living in London but I love that kind of child for kids movies or older animation. Not the last film because it was too dark and twisted, but one to four I loved – I’ve seen them more than 50 times. I’m always playing Harry Potter and doing designing.

Spring Onion Pancakes Photo Rowan Peter
What is your signature dish?
I’m a Korean so I usually cook Korean dishes for my staff, because they love Korean – I made them try it and now they love it! There’s one traditional Korean dish, spring onion pancake  with soy sauce that’s amazing.


Do you think University of the Arts London has an important role to play in Britain’s cultural life?
Of course, definitely, no doubt – not only British cultural life but also worldwide I would have to say, because whoever graduates from this University, they go back to their country and they educate their people there – so many Korean designers or whoever who have trained in Central Saint Martins, they go back home and they train the same way to their staff, they bring the British culture into Korea, which is a major perk. I trained in Central Saint Martins and it still plays a huge part in my designing process, so many people say to me “your designs are not really Korean style”. All foreign designers bring their own culture into  their designing but I don’t because I’m educated in London rather in Korea so I have more London cultural things. I’m sure all the students who trained in our schools, they have their signature with London style.


What advice would you give to aspiring creatives?
There are some words from Louise Wilson, she used to say to me “don’t be f**king lazy”. I loved her, she put the rules on her door: “Don’t be lazy! Go do f**king research”, which is all correct! Seriously, that really woke me up, like wow yes that is really true. People go CSM or LCF or working for somebody to learn how to be a creative but they thing is you also need to have good skills to support your creativity. Always Louise Wilson complained to the students to say “do you think you guys are creative? Without skill you can’t support any of your creativity” and that’s not lying, you need to learn the skills to be a creative. You need to experience whatever you can, not only good things but bad things as well.

Hongdae Street Music Photo Jonathan Kramer

Why is South Korea so exciting right now?
Some people say that South Korea is like Latin America – they have fun, they have a party culture, and they move so fast, work so hard, and Korea is really strong in IT, the internet is amazing, they access all the information from outside into Korea so fast. People who were abroad go back to Korea and now they make new culture, a new generation of Korean fashion. Before there were not many people who got educated outside of Korea but now there are so many that get educated outside and they make their own culture there, they bring amazing culture from outside to mix with Korean own culture there which is a really good combination to be exploited. The young generation know what’s going on out there, it’s very international now and no-stop 24 hours – you can go to the club or pub 24 hours, they never close, the night culture is amazing, it never stops, the food is amazing, and living costs are not expensive.

Windmill and Butterfly House Seoul Street Art Hongdae photo longzijun

Which are your favourite hang-outs in Seoul?
In Seoul there’s no real central area, there are so many different places to go, but for artistic people there are so many fine artists staying and doing creative jobs in the Hongdae area, it’s a University area, and there are so many artists, they sell their wares on the street, it’s like the old Brick Lane, I’d definitely recommend there. Or there’s a street called Garosu Street, there were originally all the boutiques there, like 20 or 30 years ago, but now it’s become a really fashion hot place, with lots of concept stores like Dover Street Market. The concept store is a huge trend in Korea and there are so many beautiful concept stores coming up there now.

Read more about Jackie Lee on the J. JS Lee website

We reveal the new names to know in South Korea. Read the feature on the UAL website

UAL visited South Korea this season, including appearances at the Global Leaders Forum. Read the news items on the UAL website

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UAL pledges money to Student Hardship Fund in National Student Survey initiative


For every response to this year’s National Student Survey (NSS), which opens on 26 January, the University will pledge £5 to the Student Hardship fund. This will rise to £10 once we exceed last year’s response rate (70%).

This amounts to a significant financial contribution to help students in difficulty, so every response really does count. The National Student Survey (NSS) is an independent, external survey which asks final year students about their time at university.

The results are a key measure of student satisfaction, so scores are highly visible and often reported in the media.

A lot of promotional activity is already being planned at college and course level, and much has already happened in response to last year’s results and ongoing student feedback.

NSS guidance for staff and students will be available on the intranet soon, along with updates about what’s happening across the university to promote the NSS as well as information about our year-round improvements.

Please contact Rhian Bowley, Student Survey Administrator, with any news about your plans to promote the NSS locally, or with any questions about the survey, at, x2338.


Academic Workload Planner (AWP)

Academic Workload Planner

We would like to remind staff that support for the UAL-wide Academic Workload Planner (AWP) is available on the Human Resources intranet site.

The AWP page includes:

·         The Academic Workload Planner

·         Academic Workload Planner: Guidance Notes

·         A tutorial Video

The overriding purpose of the AWP Planner is to seek equitable academic workloads across the University and ensure that all aspects of academic contribution are appropriately recognised. AWP is a simple MS Excel tool designed for simplicity and ease of use. It has been agreed with UCU and is available for use on a voluntary basis to aid discussions about planning and workload as part of the PRA / mid year review processes. Further details about this can be obtained from your Dean or from Human Resources.

John Hallam
Acting Human Resources Director

Invitation to staff with dyslexia from Natalie Brett

Take a look at Natalie Brett’s animated message to staff with dyslexia created with London College of Communication’s current MA Illustration and Visual Media students. As part of the Valuing Disabled Colleagues’ programme, Natalie, UAL’s Disability Champion, invites staff with dyslexia to lunch and talk from 1pm on Wednesday 21 January 2015.

View Natalie’s animated message on the intranet and book your place by contacting Nina Rahel ( or x9864).

Christmas closure 2014

On Wednesday 24 December, University buildings will open at their usual time. On 24 December all staff are asked to leave University buildings no later than 5pm. when Facilities staff will start locking up the premises. UAL sites will open again as normal on Monday 5 January 2015.

If you have any queries about the closure of buildings, please contact Sally McNally on 07841 569021. Please contact your manager over any queries about leave over the Christmas period

6 surprising facts about 2001: A Space Odyssey

Forty six years after it’s original release, Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi epic 2001: A Space Odyssey is back on UK cinema screens thanks to the BFI and Warner Brothers. Now an icon of cinematic history, the development of the film in the late 1960s was incredibly fluid, as University of the Arts London’s Stanley Kubrick Archive attests. Hundreds of fascinating items in the Archive reveal the multiple alternative directions the film almost took, many of them radically different from the final decisions which ultimately made it a classic film. The Archive’s Richard Daniels shares six surprising facts about 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Stanley Kubrick on the set of 2001: A Space Odyssey from the Stanley Kubrick Archive  with thanks to the SK Film Archives LLC, Warner Bros. and University of the Arts London

1. The film began life with a different title – the Archives show the film referred to as Journey Beyond The Stars – and the computer wasn’t initially intended to turn homicidal. In the July 1965 script, known as the ‘Athena text’, the Jupiter mission is marred by technical problems and the astronauts die, however Kubrick realised this provided no antagonist and little character development, so he came up with the idea that the computer would know the true objective of the mission whilst the astronauts did not. The burden of carrying the secret interferes with the computers functioning so it starts to make mistakes and covers up its mistakes, eventually leading it on a path to murder. The computer was originally referred to as ‘Athena’ – HAL was a name given to the computer in a later script once this new story had developed.

Stanley Kubrick on the set of 2001: A Space Odyssey from the Stanley Kubrick Archive with thanks to the SK Film Archives LLC, Warner Bros. and University of the Arts London

2. Perhaps the most distinctive element of the film, the slow, silent opening sequence was originally set to be completely different. In contrast to the iconic final version, Kubrick once envisioned the film beginning with the voices of contemporary scientists and theologians discussing the possibilities of extra-terrestrial life, the future of artificial intelligence, the beginnings of life on Earth, the development of the human race and the possibility that the human race may have been visited by extra-terrestrials in the past. An entire score was originally commissioned for the film from composer Alex North, however during the post-production stages Kubrick decided to switch to the classical music that appear in the final film.

Model for 2001: A Space Odyssey from the Stanley Kubrick Archive with thanks to the SK Film Archives LLC, Warner Bros. and University of the Arts London

3. The film’s phenomenal technological prescience  was informed by insight from cutting-edge futurists from the leading corporations of the time, an intriguing parallel with Interstellar’s release this year. The film’s depiction of artificial intelligence, modern computing, spacecraft and even digital publications, came from consulting with technology and manufacturing firms on how they envisaged the future.

Transparency from 2001: A Space Odyssey from the Stanley Kubrick Archive  with thanks to the SK Film Archives LLC, Warner Bros. and University of the Arts London

4.  Kubrick created these convincing visions of the future through experimental set designs, which drew visitors from NASA as they prepared for the moon landings the following year.

Sketch for set design from 2001: A Space Odyssey from the Stanley Kubrick Archive  with thanks to the SK Film Archives LLC, Warner Bros. and University of the Arts London

5. Written in collaboration with Arthur C. Clarke, drafts in the Archive reveal that the film went through several radically different plotlines; in the ‘Athena text’ the 2001 story begins with nuclear warheads orbiting earth: “we see a thousand megatron nuclear bombs in orbit above the earth, the Russian star and CCCP inscribed.” The hundreds of bombs were “capable of incinerating the entire earth’s surface from an altitude of 100 miles.” The script refers to a ‘nuclear club’ made up of 27 nations, although states that no weapons had been used since WW2. As referenced in Peter Kramer’s BFI Classics publication on 2001, Arthur C Clarke’s early letters to Kubrick show that he envisioned the film beginning in the near future with a sunrise on the moon and the discovery by a lunar ‘survey team’ of something highly unusual, leading to ‘the sentinel’ in which a geologist investigates extra-terrestrial civilisations and a discussion of human interaction with them.

Stanley Kubrick on set with cast from 2001: A Space Odyssey from the Stanley Kubrick Archive  with thanks to the SK Film Archives LLC, Warner Bros. and University of the Arts London

6.  Scripts in the Archive reveal that the initial vision saw the inclusion of a narrator throughout what was ultimately a largely silent film.

And to end, one intriguing rumour on why 2001: A Space Odyssey wasn’t nominated for the Best Costume Award at the 41st Academy Awards, while Planet of the Apes did receive a nomination: Richard says, “the rumour was that the judges were apparently convinced that the apes in 2001′s opening scenes were all real.”

2001: A Space Odyssey ape mask  from the Stanley Kubrick Archive  with thanks to the SK Film Archives LLC, Warner Bros. and University of the Arts London

Radio 4′s The Film Programme recorded a feature at UAL’s Special Collections and Archives Centre this month, which includes  Richard Daniels talking about 2001: A Space Odyssey. The programme is available on the BBC iPlayer.

Read more about the Stanley Kubrick Archive at the University Archives and Special Collections Centre on the UAL website

Listen to the Film Programme on the BBC iPlayer

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With thanks to the SK Film Archives LLC, Warner Bros. and University of the Arts London for the use of images within this article.


IT floor walking – December 2014

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IT floor walking: how can we help you?

  • Office 2013 – Let us show you the new features
  • Productivity – Excel reporting, effective email, PowerPoint
  • Teaching & Learning – Moodle, Workflow, Blogs
  • Web – Site Manager, MyArts Intranet
  • Mobile working – iPad, Cloud
  • Hardware support – Remote access, printers

Book up to 60 minutes with an IT expert, and get the individual help you need at your desk and at your convenience.


  • Monday 15 December – CSM
  • Tuesday 16 December – LCC & Camberwell
  • Wednesday 17 December – High Holborn & LCF
  • Thursday 18 December – Chelsea & Wimbledon

Book your one-to-one slot with Lucy on x6296 or email

A collaborative event from OD&L, CLTAD, Web Team and IT@arts, working together to support all your IT development needs.