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Inviting UAL staff to attend the 2014 Arts2Innovation Forum


UAL staff and external guests are invited to attend the 2014 Arts2Innovation Forum, taking place on 9 September from 4.30-8.30pm at Central Saint Martins.

The Arts2Innovation Forum is a platform for industry professionals and senior academics to share insights into how applying creativity to business can stimulate innovation and shape organisational culture.

Our panel of experts will share their experiences and tackle a number of key questions, including:

• What is the value of arts and culture in business management?
• What is the role of the arts in organisational development and innovation?
• How can the arts contribute to improve business performance?
• How can arts-based education and research be connected to business innovation?
• How do investments in the arts contribute to wealth creation at micro and macro levels?
• How can arts-based strategies and initiatives be designed and implemented to enhance organisations’ value creation capacity?

Confirmed speakers are:

Nigel Carrington, Vice Chancellor, University of the Arts London
Professor Clive Holtham, Director of Cass Learning Laboratory, Cass Business School, City University
Fiona Lesley, Director, MAP
Rob Montgomery, Group Head of Brand Experience, Nando’s
Professor Jeremy Till, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Head, Central Saint Martins
Professor Giovanni Schiuma, Director of the Innovation Insights Hub, University of the Arts London
Caryn Solomon, Head of Organisational Development, Investec
Moderator: Martin Gent, Co-owner and Director of Creativity, Spinach

The event is free but booking is essential. Book now through Eventbrite.

2014 award ceremonies celebrate achievements of UAL’s graduates and honorees

Award ceremony

The sun has been shining all week on this year’s graduates who have been celebrating the success of their hard work at the 2014 award ceremonies.

The ceremonies have been taking place at the Royal Festival Hall on the Southbank, with the ‘Festival of Love’ forming a colourful backdrop to the momentous occasion. Pink origami birds hanging from the ceiling matched the graduates’ gowns perfectly, while moving speeches from this year’s honorees, who included CEO of luxury and fashion brand LVMH Bernard Arnault, writer and editor of Harper’s Bazaar Justine Picardie, and photographer Nick Knight OBE, added gravitas to the occasion.

This morning’s honorees, Tom Hulme and Alice Rawsthorne, praised the great importance of creativity in their speeches to graduates from London College of Communication, while this afternoon the closing ceremony will see Rob Dickins addressing the class of 2014.

Watch video coverage of the ceremonies at, and check out UAL’s Instagram and the hashtag #UALGrads for a fantastic array of photos from these events!

Award ceremony

Award ceremony

Award ceremony

Award ceremony

Award Ceremony

Award Ceremony


Word to the Wise

As part of this year’s Artsmart Festival, Student Enterprise and Employability (SEE) invited ten UAL alumni to design posters as part of the Word to the Wise exhibition (which runs till the 25th July), giving vital advice to our 2014 graduates. The UAL Alumni Association decided to delve a little deeper and find out more about how some of  these artists sustain their practices,where they see themselves in a few years’ time, what inspires them and how they juggle work loads.

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Want free accommodation? Will you be a Postgraduate student in September? Become a Pastoral Warden in halls of residence!

For the 2014-15 academic year we will be recruiting for a Pastoral Warden in all halls of residence. This is a new postgraduate role created to bring even more pastoral support to the students. We are really happy that we are able to bring forward this new initiative to enhance the student experience in all halls.

Working alongside the hall staff you will provide pastoral support and care to all residents at your hall. This a voluntary role; however, successful postgraduate candidates will have free accommodation for the full year at their allocated hall. This role is specifically for postgraduate students or tutors.

Please email if you are interested in finding out more details about this role.

Academic Workload Planner (AWP) – Updated Version

Following the launch of the Academic Workload Planner (AWP) in May 2014, an updated version of the AWP tool has been uploaded to the UAL intranet.
The revised version reflects some minor changes to the tool, adding an auto-calculation function for ‘duties associated with teaching’

Please use this new version for all future calculations.

Nick Rogers,
Director of Human Resources

Honorary awards for leading figures in the creative industries at UAL Conferments 2014


Thirteen leading figures in the creative and cultural sectors will be recognised for their outstanding contributions to the creative industries at UAL’s graduation ceremonies, including CEO of LVMH Bernard Arnault, writer and editor of Harper’s Bazaar Justine Picardie, artist Mariko Mori, writer Alice Rawsthorn, and photographer Nick Knight OBE.

The honourees will be recognised for their contributions to their fields in eight graduation ceremonies over four days at the Royal Festival Hall on London’s Southbank. Each will address graduating UAL students and share their experiences and advice for a successful career in the creative industries.The ceremonies will be streamed live on UAL’s website and live-tweeted under the hashtag #UALgrads.

The full list of honourees for 2014 is:

• Bernard Arnault KBE, CEO of LVMH
• Frank Bowling OBE RA, artist
• Rob Dickins CBE, music industry mogul
• Felicity Green, writer and fashion commentator
• Emma Hill CBE, fashion designer
• Tom Hulme, founder and managing director of OpenIDEO & OIEngine
• Nick Knight OBE, photographer
• Harold Koda, Curator-in-Charge of Costume Institute at Metropolitan Museum of Art
• Mariko Mori, video and photographic artist
• Justine Picardie, writer and editor of Harper’s Bazaar
• Alice Rawsthorn, design writer and columnist
• Sir John Tusa, ambassador for the arts and former Chair of UAL’s Court of Governors
• Anthony Ward, theatre designer

LVMH chairman and CEO Bernard Arnault KBE said: “I am very grateful to be awarded an Honorary Doctorate by University of the Arts London.  LVMH has enjoyed a fantastic working relationship with the university and  Central Saint Martins over the years.  The students never fail to produce exciting, ground-breaking designs and we are delighted that so many have brought their talent and passion to LVMH.”

Speaking before the ceremony, Costume Institute curator Harold Koda commented: “Back in the 1970s, the US had no dedicated program for costume studies at the graduate level. Even in the undergraduate programs, an understanding of the history of dress was associated with Fashion Merchandising and Theater Studies. The UK with its renowned period costume collections, and its serious consideration of costume as worthy of scholarly inquiry and analysis, was our model. To be honored in this way feels a bit like an acknowledgement from the Mother Ship! Especially with its complex of programs and facilities directed toward the study of fashion, historic dress, and museum practice pursued with rigor by the UAL, this award is especially meaningful to me.

This honorary doctorate might seem like the unearned reward for a life marked by noticeable academic immaturity and procrastination, but in my defense, when I entered the field there were none of the programs in fashion studies, costume history and museology with the rigor and depth pursued by the various institutions that comprise the UAL. The whole field has expanded and changed, and everyone interested in costume and fashion as a subject worthy of scholarly pursuit has benefitted, and today, especially me!

Author and New York Times writer Alice Rawsthorn said:  “I am thrilled to be awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of the Arts. I consider myself incredibly lucky to work in two fields – design and journalism – that have been immensely pleasurable and constantly challenging, not least because they have changed dramatically during my career. As both fields are poised for further change, I am sure they will prove equally enjoyable and stimulating for the UAL’s design and journalism graduates.”

Artist Mariko Mori states: “Chelsea College of Art encouraged me to reflect myself into the work and push me to utilize an alternative media which were facilitated at the college.” She adds: “I have also appreciated how much tutors respected the students and treated us like a young artist during the tutorials.”

Designer Emma Hill will address the graduating class with a speech on taking brave creative risks, the brilliant nature of British creativity and the wonder of finding community in art schools.

Read more about the honorary awards

Watch the live stream of the ceremonies

UAL Edit Interview: Paul McNicoll


Starting his fashion education with a BTEC National Diploma,  Paul McNicoll specialised in pattern cutting, before graduating with a first class degree in Fashion and Textiles with a specialism in Intimate Apparel. He worked for companies including John Lewis, Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, Clements Ribeiro, The Royal Ballet, Arcadia Group, International Textiles magazine and International Colour Authority, before moving into education firstly as a favour to the Course Leader of his degree course, who was looking for a technical demonstrator. After completing an MA at CSM, he moved into writing, validating and leading a masters programme and gained Principal Lecturer status before the call to LCF arrived. Joining LCF 6 years ago, as Director of Programmes in the School of Design and Technology, Paul became Dean of that School 3 years ago; he describes his current role as “the best job in the world”.

Who or what first inspired you to follow your chosen career?
I’ve always had an interest in design but never knew if I wanted to follow a fashion or graphics direction. When I was 12 I won a national graphic design competition, run in conjunction with the Conran Design Group. After a few visits to their studios and talking with their design teams, I quickly came to realise that it was going to be fashion for me from then on.


What are you working on at the moment?
Of course at this time of year it’s all about exam boards and graduations but there is also one project from this term which I am working on. This is the very exciting and high profile LDNY Festival, celebrating the design, fashion, music and culture of London and New York. Students from our BA (Hons) Fashion Design and Development course have been working on a live project to design a line of affordable luxury clothes which will be retailed in Selfridges as part of the LDNY Festival events. We are so excited to see the festival launch and our students collection come together into a spectacular, simultaneous fashion show in both London and New York on 22 September. Very exciting.

What are your predictions for this year’s UAL summer shows?
Of course the UAL shows are a must see and this year is promising to be as rich and exciting as ever. What will be really interesting is to see the range of materials and technologies utilized throughout the different subject areas and how new technologies are creating new creative opportunities for our students.


Do you think University of the Arts London has an important role to play in Britain’s cultural life?
As the largest art, design, fashion and media education provider in Europe, the role of UAL in Britain’s cultural life cannot be underestimated. We already know from research how the creative arts positively influence well-being in communities where there are creative industries and projects, so a University full of creative talents (both students and staff) working not only in London but with collaborators, industries and projects across the UK, the influence will be felt by many. Of course the outcome of all this busy creativity will embrace and ultimately influence culture, society and commerce, which is when it all gets very exciting.

What are you most passionate about?
Personally I love technique. That may be something linked to technology, craft or skill or even just personal approaches to opportunities. It is through technique that we can not only enjoy the work of masters but we can then be inspired to do something else and innovate ideas for the future.

Which piece of art/design/performance/communication/fashion do you wish you had created?
I would have really liked to have been involved in the development of the iMac G3 series. Those brightly coloured bubbles of Apple technology totally changed how we saw product design for hardware. It was so unexpected, refreshing and went on to influence design in so many other areas. It must have felt amazing to have been involved in that project and watch the effect that it made on the world.


Where is your favourite London haunt?
As boring as it may sound, I guess it could be my office, here at the John Princes Street site of London College of Fashion. Not only am I right at the heart of everything which is happening in the college, I’m also only one minute away from the Fashion Space Gallery, six minutes away from Liberty, eight minutes away from Selfridges and 10 minutes away from Dover Street Market. Design, culture and retail all within reach! Does it get any better than that? Hee hee.

selfridges shot by Karen Roe

What is your guilty pleasure?
My clothes. I really have some amazing and special things from designers all over the world. I keep everything too. Recently I was able to loan some clothing and accessories for the Red or Dead thirtieth anniversary exhibition and I was able to enjoy all over again, my Jean Paul Gaultier when the Gaultier exhibition opened at the Barbican. I recently even started dipping back into my fifteen years of Vivienne Westwood menswear. That really is a treasure trove.


Name a favourite book, song or film
The Man Who Fell to Earth. Stunning cinematography and really strong use of colour. Of course it also stars the amazing David Bowie during one of his most iconic decades. The story has an interesting reflections on the creative process too; an outside perspective seeing opportunity and introducing innovation to bring about change.


What is your signature dish?
I’m never organised enough with shopping to be a cook, instead relying on flying supermarket visits on the way home. With so many evening events to attend too, I’m becoming quite a connoisseur of hors d’œuvre. My favorites are the miniature burgers. Not the easiest to eat but they always look so cute at that scale. Hee hee.

miniburger shot by Rami

What advice would you give to aspiring creatives?
Be committed, be brave, experiment, collaborate, innovate and always remember your audience/customer, for they will be the ultimate judge of your success.

How does UAL/LCF interact with the industry and how does this enrich the student experience?
Working with industry is one of our main focuses. Bringing in live projects and having industry experts working directly with our students, offering feedback and inspiration really enhances the curriculum and overall experience. Its not just about all the industry partners who come to work with us though, it’s also the opportunities for our students to go out and work with and for the industry and receive credit for that as part of their undergraduate studies. I always love how different students are after they come back from a sandwich year in industry. They come back with a new hairstyle, new clothes and a whole new dedication and ambition for their studies and their future careers. Its very inspirational to see.

What can companies get from working with creative students?
I have a saying that I want the School of Design and Technology at London College of Fashion to be seen as the R and D (Research and Development) department for the global fashion industry. By that I mean that industry can come to us and our students will be their ‘think tanks’, exploring potential markets and product propositions with truly contemporary and future focused vision. Its all very exciting to see just how our students have worked with industry and the outcomes are always amazing. The companies we work with are so thrilled with what our students can show them and how they inspire them. After all, our students are the future of the fashion industry, so why not start working with them right now, rather than waiting till they graduate and someone else is fighting to employ them too.

What are your top tips for getting the most out of the summer degree shows?
For anyone who is showing their work then realise just how much you have achieved and be proud to show the world what you can do. For anyone visiting the shows; prepare to be amazed and let it inspire you to work towards what you would like to do and achieve. UAL is always here to help and support everyone’s ambitions. When we combine passion with application, the outcome can life changing, for the individual but also for everyone who is touched by what we all do. Most of all enjoy!

See the full summer degree shows schedule


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Bringing UAL’s desktop computers up to date

Many desktop computers across UAL are being upgraded or replaced as part of the five-year Device Refresh Programme which aims to ensure that no computer at UAL is more than five years old.


The programme is led by the IT Services Portfolio Management team. The core team have worked closely with other colleagues in IT and the programme has been a fantastic collaboration between IT and college administration and technical resource teams. Recognising the importance of technology in delivering world-class art and design education, UAL has so far invested £4.1 million in upgrading or replacing old computers.

The benefits include:

  • Improved performance of computers and increased productivity
  • Compatibility with the latest software and applications used in learning, teaching and other day-to-day tasks
  • Readiness for next-generation systems and planned improvements in collaborative working for staff and students
  • Increased security and protection from viruses

Between 2012 and the start of 2014, the Device Refresh team replaced around 1620 student computers and 1580 staff computers. A further 1000 will be replaced during the next academic year. In addition, 1600 computers have been upgraded to ensure they are running the most up-to-date software.

Once your desktop PC/MAC turns five, the Desktop Refresh team will get in touch and provide flexible support in upgrading or replacing your machine. The team work extended hours to keep disruption to a minimum and appreciate the co-operation of all staff and students in bringing our personal computers right up to date.

Exhibition showcases exceptional work from UAL Awarding Body approved schools

Origins is a showcase of exceptional student work from over 40 UAL Awarding Body approved colleges and universities, opening on Friday 18th July until Wednesday 23rd July in the Triangle Space at Chelsea College of Arts.

Origins invitation

The show features work from students studying for Level 2, Level 3 and Foundation Diploma qualifications, which have been designed and awarded by UAL Awarding Body to positively influence pre-university art and design education. Prizes for the exhibiting students will be awarded by UAL Governor and Turner-prize winning artist Grayson Perry.

Please join us for this unique opportunity to catch a glimpse of work by the future big names in the art and design world as they embark on the first stages of their journey.

The private view is being held at 5.30pm on Thursday 17th July, including the award ceremony with Grayson Perry. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Danielle Knight at


Scott King, Chair of Visual Communication presents The Festival of Stuff

Scott King’s Festival of Stuff, Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Side Stage, Berlin, Thu 10 & Fri 11 July 2014, 23:00 


Left: Rich Kelly & Friendship, New Jersey, 1978. Right: Earl Brutus, London, 2002.

Scott King presents:

The Festival of Stuff

Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Side Stage, 10 & 11 July 2014, 23:00

The Festival of Stuff is a celebration of ‘the late night YouTube experience’. Part found footage, part memoir and part live performance, The Festival of Stuff is essentially a single artwork created by Scott King and his collaborators.

King says of the work “I wanted to re-present some of these ‘lost bands’, to look again at this brilliant pop debris that foats around YouTube … to make theatre or art from this stuff that I watch late into the night. I also wanted to realise some of my fantasies … if I sit and stare at the screen for long enough, late into the night, then I begin to dream up collaborative projects for myself and musicians. I devise ideas for art works made from rock and pop. The Festival of Stuff is the realisation of some of these ideas”.

The Festival of Stuff features live performances by Luke Haines, Mathew Sawyer, Lady Bruts of Disco, The Romanian Sex Pistol and the Ian Curtis Dancers, as well as new audio/visual works by both Jeremy Deller and Russell Haswell and rare footage of Howlin’ Wolf, Iggy Pop, Dexys Midnight Runners, Earl Brutus, Genesis, Dr Feelgood, Gary Glitter, The Pretty Things, Sex Pistols, The Monks, Happy Mondays and The Supremes.

For further details and tickets:

Current Exhibiton:

Scott King Totem Motif

17.05.14 – 12.07.14

Between Bridges
Keithstrasse 15
10787 Berlin

Mittwoch bis Samstag 12 – 18 Uhr