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New MyArts: launch this week

MyArts launch

The current MyArts pages are being replaced by a new easy-to-navigate intranet. From Thursday 19 February, the MyArts login screen will load when you open any web browser on a UAL computer or visit from other devices or locations.

If you visit MyArts before Thursday, you can still follow the link to try the MyArts beta site and tell us what you think.

A single point of access to information you need

The new MyArts is a single point of access to systems and sites that you use every day such as Moodle, your timetable and the library catalogue.

A student view of UAL

It will also be a gateway to all your student-focused information, displaying news and events and allowing you to access information from your own college and across the university.

Your feedback matters

Get in touch via the feedback form on MyArts or email the Internal Communication team via to tell us what you think or if you have questions.

New MyArts: launch this week

MyArts launch

The current MyArts pages are being replaced by a new easy-to-navigate intranet. From Thursday 19 February, the MyArts login screen will load when you open any web browser on a UAL computer or visit from other devices or locations. If you visit MyArts before Thursday, you can still follow the link to try the MyArts beta site and tell us what you think.

A more personalised view of life at UAL
The new MyArts provides a gateway to all the UAL and college information you need and you’ll have a different view according to whether you’re staff or student and whether you’re part of a college or work in UAL Services.

Staff in student-facing roles can find out more about the student view on the MyArts for Students page. The new platform will also make it easier to find information from other colleges and a single point of entry to systems and sites such as Employee Self Service (iTrent) or the Agresso finance system.

A secure digital space
Everyone (staff and students) will need to log in to access the new MyArts. This means you can still access MyArts securely from outside the university network, from home or while on the go. It also creates a secure space for sharing information with our internal community.

Your feedback matters
Get in touch via the feedback form on MyArts or email the Internal Communication team via to tell us what you think or if you have questions. Visit the MyArts intranet section to find out more about governance, change requests and support for editors.


Love Act(UAL)ly

To celebrate Valentine’s Day this year we are looking back at some of our very own alumni love stories.  From the swinging- sixties to the naughty-noughties, love has never stopped blossoming in the corridors and the studios of the University of Arts London. 

Vasundhara & Ronan 

The first couple in our feature are the lovely Vasundhara Shankari Sellamuthu (Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, Chelsea) and Ronan Haughton (Photography, LCC, BA Hons). They met through a mutual friend at the student bar… 

Ronan and Vasundhara

Ronan and Vasundhara

Ronan and I met at the University of the Arts London Student Hub on Davies Street in late 2008. I was with two friends from Manna Ash Halls of Residence. We decided to go to the Student Union bar as a friend who was leaving for Italy after finishing her course at UAL. Mid nachos, she received a call from her friend who she was going to meet after.  He appeared and joined us at our table. The only thing I noticed was that his right hand was in a cast. He seemed pleasant and friendly, and softly spoken. Getting up to leave I picked up the numerous bags of stuff that my new life as an architecture student had bestowed upon me. I did not realise he found me attractive. As we were leaving the Hub, I invited my friend over for a goodbye meal. Seeing Ronan stood there, I invited him too.

The meal didn’t end up happening, but Ronan messaged me a day after saying he had walked around my block that night waiting for a call, but my call never came. I immediately felt guilty, then realised the irony. It was my first taste of his humour, something I’m still getting used to! He confessed he liked me. We met a couple of times, at a friend’s party, his friend’s dinner, tea at Candid café Angel, a walk in Victoria Park. I brought him coffee from India as a present and invited myself over to his place for a home-cooked Thai meal. I brought yellow flowers and dessert, a move that surprised me but excited me as well – challenging gender stereotypes and norms. We learnt about our different cultural backgrounds; it was exciting ground for a relationship. We dated through my student days in London, overcame tough times such as the recession, academic challenges and homesickness. Our love grew stronger and proved to be the best support. After I graduated in 2013, Ronan and I went on holiday to Paris with tickets he had won from a photography competition in which he shot the installation ‘Across the buildings’ at the new Central Saint Martins campus in Kings Cross.

In Paris he proposed to me. It was a complete shock where everything melted into a puddle of overwhelming surprise. It shifted the relationship from the present moment to the future. I thought about it overnight and the next day I proposed to him. I love wearing the Claddagh ring he got me, it makes me proud of my Irish connection. We continue discovering something new about each other all the time and look forward to a creative life, a desire that led us to UAL in the first place, and ultimately, to each other.

Last year Ronan and I made the big move to India and we live in Bangalore now. I work at GALLERYSKE, an art gallery which represents and exhibits some of India’s best contemporary artists and Ronan is pursuing his photography and other creative projects.


The Thornhills

Jane Thornhill studied Fine Art at St. Martin’s School of Art, graduating in 1964.  She tells us how attending the Saint Martin’s Christmas Ball one year brought her more than just festive cheer… 


The Thornhills

Whilst studying for a degree in Fine Art at St Martins, I made friends with two fellow students from New Zealand who were on the same course as me. When the time came for our Christmas Ball, we formed an exotic group to include a girl from South Africa, a couple of Aussies and me, originally from India.  The girls from New Zealand had boyfriends who were army cadets, and they brought a bunch of guys to the Fancy Dress Ball to partner us. I remember the pantomime that was performed by all our lecturers was called ‘Flake White and the 7 Dwarves’ and the starring role was taken by our principal, Frederick Gore.

Being young and self-conscious about wearing specs, I could only make out fuzzy images when we met the group in a tiny bedsit on the King’s Road before the ball. But I could see two fair haired young men, one of whom was smiling at me all the time. They were best friends.  I married the smiler and the other one was our best man!

This year we will be celebrating our Golden Wedding Anniversary.

I still have fond memories of my time spent at St Martins, as it is only because of being there that I met the love of my life.


Tim & Sarah

Tim Bulmer moved to London to study Theatre Design at Wimbledon College of Arts, and ended up meeting his very own leading lady…

Tim & Sarah

Tim & Sarah

My name is Tim Bulmer and I enrolled at Wimbledon School of Art in September 1978 having completed the Foundation Course at Teesside College of Art. I had rarely ventured “south of the border” (Doncaster) in my life so this was quite a departure. I had been provided a room by Zola Cameron, a secretary at the school (never ‘college’!) in Streatham and I started the course, Theatre Design, with enthusiasm.

I had lead a pretty sheltered life up to that point – solidly middle class – privately educated and yet hopelessly naive and awkward, especially where the opposite sex were concerned. I had never been a great success in that department and treated girls as if they were ‘honorary’ boys. I actually preferred their company especially after the limitations of an all-boys boarding school.

However there was one girl whose laugh I first heard on the corridor at the top of the main stone staircase in the School – she was on the Theatre Wardrobe course and I instantly recognised the fact that she was way out of my league and anyway I overheard her mentioning an Italian boyfriend… She was pretty, tall and full to the brim with wit, personality and talent. I didn’t even bother showing an interest as it was inevitably a lost cause and I didn’t want to end up making a fool of myself

As with all biography the interesting bit is always the struggle prior to goals achieved, and space is limited but mysteriously Sarah (for that was, and still is her name) was bizarrely attracted to me, and starting tentatively enough we eventually got together and moved into a flat just off the Wimbledon Broadway. Sarah covered the rent by working in the wardrobe department at Polka Children’s Theatre, and once I had my degree I was free to shift scenery backstage at The Wimbledon Theatre.

The Bulmers

The Bulmers

We married in 1982 and have been together for thirty four wonderful (though for various reasons often ‘interesting’) years. Sarah was a successful dress designer and maker, and I eventually started my own freelance art business. We now both work together and are a great team. We have a son, Freddy (24), who works for The Wine Society and is currently being put through The Wine Diploma by the Society and a daughter, Josie (20) who is on a year’s placement at the fashion department at Marks and Spencer whilst studying for a degree in Fashion and Knitwear at Nottingham Trent.

After 17 years in the north in and around York we have just swapped our large well-appointed five bedroom town house for a tiny two up two down tumble down cottage in West Sussex. There is a huge amount to do but we are every bit as excited as when we moved into our first house in 1985.


Olaf & Su 

They became friends at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts in the 1980’s, but that friendship led to more, including an international fashion collaboration…

Sue and Olaf

Sue and Olaf

Her name was Su Denney (now Parker) we were friends throughout the three years of the degree and got together towards the end of the 3rd year. Our first date was seeing Gil Scott Heron at Goldsmiths student union!

We started out designing textiles together, selling mostly to Parisian fashion houses and producers, the likes of Guy Laroche, Chanel, Scherrer, Boussac, Christian LaCroix, Lagerfeld etc… Later we started streetwear label Boxfresh and menswear brand Burro. We moved on from Boxfresh but continued with Burro, showing our collections on the catwalk in Paris and opening stores in London and Tokyo. We still own and run the Burro brand but mostly we consult and design for other brands.

We live in Otford in Kent and have two children, Eric 15, and Margot 20.

Eileen & Annirut

The final love story we have needs help with its happy ending.  Eileen Waterman met Annirut at the London College of Fashion, they fell in love, but lost contact over time. Can you help reunite them?

I was a student of the London College of Fashion in 1967/68, and I fell in love with a Thai boy named Annirut.  We got engaged, but unfortunately (the 60′s being what they were) I was unfaithful and he broke off the engagement.  The last I heard from him was a letter from Switzerland.

For years now I have been trying to trace him, but to no avail. The fact that I can’t recall his last name does not help. I have recently made an appeal to the daily mail to help with my search.  I hope one day we find each other, but as the years roll by it seems unlikely…



Here is a picture of Annirut holding a cake box he had given me on Valentine’s Day.  If you recognise Annirut, or have any information that might help Eileen with her search, please get in touch.


Legolab: Using Lego Serious Play at UAL

Lego Serious Play is a creative and three dimensional thinking process which lends itself to exploring complex topics. We are using LSP for learning, teaching, practice and research and want to share our experiences more widely.

Legolab is co-hosted by Alison James, LCF and Fred Meller, CSM and is intended to allow more people to find out how LSP may be useful in their roles and foster collaborative activities and connections.

We would like to invite anyone interested in learning about the potential of LSP to join us at the inaugural meeting of our community on either:

18 February 2015
13.30-16.30, LCC T805
18 March 2015
13.30-16.30, Chelsea E201

This will include stories of our LSP use, demonstrations, discussion and thoughts for ways forward.

To book, contact: Dr Alison James (, Associate Dean Learning & Teaching

Vacancies in Halls of Residence for all students

We currently have vacancies at Glassyard Building London Student Accommodation and The Costume Store!

If you’re currently a UAL student or studying a UAL short course then get in touch with the accommodation team at  or calling  (0)20 7514 6240. The minimum stay is three weeks.

Costume Store


UAL cuts cost of colour printing

The cost of colour printing across the University will be reduced from Friday 13 February. The cost for A3 one-sided colour printing will be 50 pence (reduced from 75 pence) and one-sided A4 colour printing will be 25 pence (reduced from 50 pence).

These reductions have been made possible by improvements to our technical infrastructure that have allowed us to bring down the cost of colour printing at all UAL sites.

Philip Broadhead, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to reduce the charges for colour printing across the University. I am aware that this issue has been raised by students in every college. I’m also grateful to the teams who have worked together to ensure that we have been able to resolve the technical issues and bring down costs.”

Olivia Wells, studying for an MA at London College of Fashion, said: “This is good news, a very positive thing.”

The move to cut the costs of colour printing follows on from measures at Central Saint Martins to resolve some longstanding problems with the online payment system. All colleges now use the latest PCounter technology.

Philip added: “The next phase of the printing development at UAL will involve streamlining all of our printing services and suppliers, so that as an organisation we can ensure we are receiving the best printing at the right price.”

The Oscars 2015

The Bigger Picture
Announced this weekend as the winner of the British Short Film BAFTA, Central Saint Martins alumna Daisy Jacobs now has an anxious wait until 22 February to hear if her film The Bigger Picture will also take a prize at this year’s Oscars The MA Character Animation graduate has been shortlisted for the Animated Short Film category at the 87th Academy Awards for her film, The Bigger Picture, which goes up against four other shorts for the highest honour in filmmaking. The picture has already collected accolades at competitions across Europe and industry site Cartoon Brew names it as “the strongest film in the category” at the 2015 Oscars.


A darkly comedic tale of two children caring for their elderly mother, the film was shot using life-size sets and hand-painted characters. Fellow MA Character Animation graduate Chris Wilder worked with Daisy on the film. Speaking ahead of the ceremony Daisy comments: “Studying at CSM provided us with the perfect environment to discover the sort of work we wanted to make, and to allow us to discover our own visual identities and push ourselves in directions that were both untested and challenging.”

The Bigger Picture

Daisy’s course director on the MA Character Animation, Dr Birgitta Hosea fRSA, says: “It’s really gratifying to see Daisy Jacobs, working with Chris Wilder, shortlisted for an Oscar nomination. They have both consistently experimented and pushed the boundary with techniques that combine stop motion with painted animation that spills out of the restrictions of the flat plane. Their work with life-sized animation is extremely original and I can’t wait to see the result of their next project.”

Grand Budapest Hotel
This awards season there was also a win for LCF alumni Mark Coulier and Frances Hannon, who took the Best Make-up and Hair award at the BAFTAs for work on Grand Budapest Hotel. The duo are nominated for the Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling Oscar.

See the full nominations for the Oscars 2015

See the BAFTA winners 2015

Watch The Bigger Picture trailer

Watch Daisy Jacobs on BBC News talking about the story behind The Bigger Picture

See Daisy’s Kickstarter campaign for her next film

Discover film, animation and make-up courses at UAL

Meet Sean Mullan

Sean Mullan, BA Fine Art: Sculpture graduated from the Wimbledon College of Arts in 2014. Sean is one of ten UAL graduates who have been selected for the 2015 Catlin Guide.

Sean Mullan

How did you end up studying at Wimbledon College of Arts?
I left my home in Ireland to study a foundation at Plymouth College of Art in 2010.  During my time studying there I made a few trips to London to see the hype.  After an open day at Wimbledon and reading about the reputation of the Sculpture course I knew it would be an amazing place to study. I was contemplating studying between two contrasting locations, Falmouth and London. So I found Wimbledon perfectly located with a great course and a very hospitable atmosphere.

Were you always interested in sculpture?
I always had an attraction to physical tactile objects, things I could squeeze, mould, stack or feel.  But I think my interest in sculpture came at a later age, as there was a lot I didn’t realise or understand to what sculpture could or can be.

What were the biggest challenges you faced during the course? And how did you overcome them?
I suppose they were personal ones. Ones regarding things like; publicly voicing ideas in crits, over thinking concepts and approaches to making work. I worked my way around these problems (that I don’t really consider problems because they helped me) by looking into ideas of failure, humour and preciousness towards making work. Although, that’s not to say I had no cares or I was being facetious. If anything it gave me the ability to be in the most serious mind-set I’ve ever worked in.

Fanksbeadigawd 2014

‘Fanksbeadigawd’ 2014

Would you recommend the course?
Of course

Where do you live? Does where you live inspire you?
Haggerston, London. Yes but depending on the day it does the complete opposite.

Tell us about the work that got you selected for the Catlin guide…
I’m not exactly sure if there was a specific work that got me selected for the guide.  I think that’s the ethos of the Art Catlin Guide’s curator Justin Hammond. The selection, of course considers the current work of the artists but also his/hers ambition, dedication and potential of direction. So I believe it’s a combination of my current practice and where that work is leading me in 2015.

Gongizat 2014

‘Gongizat’ 2014

Where/how do you see yourself progressing from here?
From here, I just want to continue ingesting the mass of information, books, films, essays, experiences and everything that I still need to consume.  Alongside this, I’m eagerly looking forward to our group exhibition of the Chisenhale Studio’s Programme ‘Into The wild’ coming up in late March.

In April I also have a one month studio residency and solo show at fellow Wimbledon Alumni Rosa Nussbaum’s ‘Nice Gallery’ in Merton Abbey Mills, South Wimbledon.

After the ‘Nice Gallery’ period, I will then be making tracks in late April to Cumbria to install a group show with a mixture of current Wimbledon students and alumni. This exhibition resonated from a weeklong residency with Grizedale Sculpture in September last year.

After that I’ll have something else to do.

How are you supporting yourself while working?
Over the years I’ve been slowly building up my own equipment to provide me with the flexibility to work independently on the initiating stages of projects. This has been a great support to get things rolling. I also work at the Mall Galleries as a technician. This job supports me both financially but is also an investment of time, something I carefully considered. I’m learning practical skills that can translate into my practice and the requirements that surround it.  Of course, I want to give acknowledgments to the support of my family and friends both here in London and at home in Ireland.


There are still places available on BA Fine Art: Sculpture at Wimbledon.  To find out more about the course, please visit our course pages

Find out more about Sean on his website & twitter

National Student Money Weeks 2015

The Student Advice Service will be popping up around College sites as part of National Student Money Weeks 2015.

Come along to:

  • chat with our money experts
  • reveal your money secrets in our video pod
  • take our shopping basket challenge
  • test your tastebuds: posh nosh vs cheap eats
  • quiz our private accommodation pros
  • become a money maestro with your free student money manual
  • get a free piggy bank!

Week 1

  • Monday 9 February, 11-3pm: Chelsea College of Arts, the canteen
  • Tuesday 10 February, 11-3pm: Central Saint Martins, the Street
  • Thursday 12 February, 11-3pm: London College of Fashion, JPS first floor

Week 2

  • Monday 16 February, 11-3pm: Wimbledon College of Arts, the canteen
  • Tuesday 17 February, 11-3pm: Camberwell College of Arts, main entrance
  • Thursday 19th February, 11-3pm: London College of Communication, the canteen

Follow @UALadvice and #nsmw15 updates throughout the week.

Green Week 2015

Green Week

Throughout the coming week (9-13 February 2015) UAL is hosting a schedule of University-wide events as part of ‘Green Week’, a nationwide higher education initiative to raise awareness of environmental issues.

Taking place at various College locations, many Green Week events encourage positive action. London College of Fashion is inviting staff and students to get involved in planting a new hedgerow habitat, while the cross-UAL ‘Waste Off Challenge’ (developed and part-funded by LCC) will see students transform waste materials into useful new creations. Central Saint Martins is offering students a workshop on mending clothes and fabrics, and a toolkit that promises to show how to make projects more sustainable. Camberwell College of Arts has set up the ‘Re-use Exchange’ which allows students to drop off excess materials from old projects to be re-used by others.

Some events are designed to provoke discussion, such as London College of Communication’s ‘Creative activism’ series (exploring campaigning, art activism, and global divestment), and London College of Fashion’s ‘Does fashion need nature?’ debate.

Other highlights of the week include 15-minute acupuncture massage sessions; free bike maintenance from Dr Bike; the opportunity to learn about urban bee-keeping; a lecture and workshop on ‘Paleo’ fitness; two walking tours of London’s green spaces and waterways; the ‘mindful yurt’ installation; and film screenings including Project Wild Thing and How to Change the World – in which filmmaker Jerry Rothwell discusses his award-winning documentary film about the founding of Greenpeace.

To explore all the events, search ‘Green Week 2015′ on the UAL events listings.