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Shanghai & Hong Kong Alumni Reunite


Following on from the success of our inaugural visit to Hong Kong in 2013, University of the Arts London’s Development and Alumni Relations team were delighted to have the opportunity to visit the dazzling metropolis once again to host the second UAL Alumni & Friends Reception. Thanks to generous support from Mr Adrian Cheng, New World Group Charity Foundation and the K11 Art Foundation, we were able to start this year’s visit to the Far East with a trip also to Shanghai for our first major event in this important city.

Alumni, students, staff, prospective students and friends were all invited to these very special evenings which saw the opportunity to learn (thanks to workshops throughout the day run by Student Recruitment and SEE), meet new friends and academics, network with industry professionals, find out more about our international alumni network and hear the latest news from across UAL.

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Following many months of consultation involving UCU, Deans and HR we are very pleased to launch a new UAL-wide Academic Workload Planner (AWP).  The overriding purpose of the Planner is to seek equitable academic workloads across the University and ensure that all aspects of academic contribution are appropriately recognised.

We are launching the AWP now so that it can be trialled for this round of PRA.  Even though extensive work has gone into its design, there may be further tweaks needed and we will jointly gather feedback in the coming months.  One area we will work on now – but we didn’t want this to delay the launch – is more detail about research outputs and relative levels of teaching remission.  This is particularly important for our preparations for five years’ time: the next REF.

The AWP is designed in Excel so it is accessible to all staff.  We have produced the following information for academic staff to use:

  • A template AWP form for each individual to use and discuss with their manager
  • A guidance note on what the terms and definitions mean
  • A tutorial video showing you how to use it

These can be found here:

We also hope to provide joint presentations in Colleges by the Summer to explain the key principles of the AWP and answer any questions.

We expect all salaried academics to use the AWP as part of planning their workloads.  Familiarisation will of course take time but any initial queries about the use of the AWP in your area should be sent to your local Dean (see contacts below). General feedback should be sent to Clive Holden in HR at

We hope you will find the AWP useful.  College contacts who played a significant part in the development of the AWP are as follows:

Simon Betts, Dean of College, Wimbledon College of Arts

Mark Dunhill, Dean of Academic Programmes, CSM

Andrew Hughes, Dean of School of Management & Science, LCF

Lawrence Zeegen, Dean of the School of Design, LCC

Nick Rogers                                                                        Kyran Joughin

Director of Human Resources                                         UCU Secretary 

8 May 2014

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UAL commitment to London Living Wage for contracted staff

For some months we have been considering how we might be able to pay the London Living Wage (LLW) to staff who work for outsourced contract providers to UAL. We already pay at least LLW rates to all our directly employed staff including those on casual contracts.

The senior team here and Governors are very supportive of the principle of LLW but we have to consider the practicalities of natural breaks in contracts to make this happen. There are still negotiations to finalise but, as we have an opportunity of a contractual break in part of our cleaning contract later this year, we are planning on implementing LLW for all outsourced cleaning staff in the final quarter of 2014. We are also making a commitment now to pay the LLW to all other contracted staff when those contracts are due to be re-tendered.

I know this has been an important issue for colleagues and the Students Union so we are delighted to be able to take positive action on LLW before the end of the year. I’m sure that colleagues welcome our positive stance on this issue

Nigel Carrington

UAL Researchers working with the Mental Health Foundation as part of Anxiety 2014, a new London-wide arts festival


Anxiety 2014 is a new London-wide arts festival, curated by the Mental Health Foundation and taking place across London throughout June.

Anxiety 2014 In collaboration with University of the Arts London

Anxious Practices showcases the diverse approaches and research practices related to anxiety across University of the Arts London, including sensory design, participatory art, artworks inspired by psychiatric archives and a symposium on anxiety and environments.

Anxiety 2014 is a new London-wide arts festival, curated by the Mental Health Foundation and taking place throughout June. The festival explores anxiety, looking at its causes, how it affects all of our lives, and how it can act as a creative force. It brings together leading and emerging artists to address anxiety from different angles:  from medical, social and historical perspectives to individual, collective and contemporary viewpoints. Anxiety 2014 presents a dynamic programme of visual art, film, performance, music, dance, theatre and talks spanning venues across London, including leading art organisations, universities, health care institutions and community centres.

Private View | Charms and Other Anxious Objects Freud Museum 4 June 2014, Paul Coldwell

Panel discussion chaired by artist and professor Sonia Boyce, 16 June 2014, Lecture Theatre, Chelsea College of Art & Design

Symposium; Anxious Places: angst, environments and affective contamination with Jeremy Till, 26 June 2014

Lecture: Scentsory Design® with Jenny Tillotson, 30 June 2014

Employability competencies project call for participation

Staff at LCF and the University of Hertfordshire have been undertaking research into the employability attributes or ‘competencies’ that staff and students at UAL and employers think are most important for their discipline. Dr Alison James, Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching at LCF, is now circulating the resulting list to as many staff, students and employers as possible to ask for their help in rank ordering this list in terms of importance. This short activity simply requires participants to arrange 18 competencies into a list ranging from most important to least important. Dr James would like as many staff and students to fill this in as soon as possible, before the deadline of 30 May and expresses her appreciation in advance for all participation.

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“I remember Chelsea with a smile” – Harriet Vine MBE


Image: Founders of Tatty Devine, Harriet Vine MBE and Rosie Wolfenden MBE

Being massive fans of their work, we were thrilled to hear that the internationally renowned British jewellery design company Tatty Devine were visiting UAL to host an exclusive Q&A session later this month. Not only is their work beautiful and adored by a long list of celebrities and fashionistas across the globe (even the Queen must be a fan to award them both with a MBE last year!),  Harriet Vine and Rosie Wolfenden actually met whilst studying with us at Chelsea College of Arts.

Harriet took some time out of her hectic schedule to speak to UAL’s Alumni Relations Team about her time at Chelsea, studying in London, making the move from fine art to jewellery, her top tips for students and meeting a real life prince…

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UCU Industrial Action Update

Dear colleagues

The Universities & Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) have informed us that that the full and final pay offer of 2 per cent for the 2014 / 15 pay negotiations has been accepted by an overwhelming majority of University & College Union (UCU) members.

UCU indicated to members that the consequences of this ballot result would be:
If a majority members vote to accept the offer then we will inform the employers, the pay dispute carried over from 2013 will be resolved, and the marking boycott due to commence on 6 May will not be implemented.

UCU’s HE committee met earlier yesterday and have formally confirmed this decision.
GMB and UNISON are of course still consulting on the final 2014 / 15 pay offer.

Nick Rogers
Director of Human Resources

Timetabling on Wednesday afternoons

The Students’ Union has asked that from September 2014 the University be more rigorous about implementing its policy that Wednesday afternoons be kept free from scheduled classes.  This is to enable students to play team sports and to take part in the activities of student societies.  The policy applies to both undergraduate and postgraduate students and means that classes should not be timetabled beyond 1pm on Wednesdays.

With the support of the college Pro Vice-Chancellors, academic staff are seeking alternative days and times for classes that were previously timetabled for Wednesday afternoons.  The pressure on learning resources means that rescheduling may not be possible in every case, but students who are unable to attend classes scheduled for Wednesday afternoons will not be penalised for being absent.  In cases where students who play sports or who are engaged in other Student Union activities have timetabled classes on Wednesday afternoons, they should let their course leader know that they will be absent.

Mark Crawley
Dean of Students

Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2014

This year, in collaboration with HEA (Higher Education Academy), UAL will be participating in PTES 2014 until the 19 June. We’re keen to make sure postgraduate students have the best possible experience while studying here at UAL so we need to know what you think we are doing well and what we can do better.

PTES is aimed at current taught postgraduate.

An invitation email will have been sent to your UAL email address which includes your login details and a link to the survey. We understand that your time is precious so students who respond to the survey will be entered in a prize draw to win £100.

Please visit the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) section of the website for more information.