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SEE scoops prestigious NUE 2015 award for Best Careers/ Employability Service


The National Undergraduate Employability (NUE) Awards took place on Friday 6 February at etc.venues in London, with UAL’s Student Enterprise and Employability (SEE) team taking home the Award for Best Careers/ Employability Service!

The National Undergraduate Employability Awards are sponsored by PwC, supported by AGR and AGCAS and run in association with The Guardian.

The award celebrates the outstanding and invaluable contributions made by university careers/employability services in helping students apply and maximise their work experience opportunities. It was said of SEE that ‘the winner creatively showcases and financially supports students and their stance not to advertise unpaid opportunities is especially commendable in a challenging, traditional and niche sector’.

Find out more about SEE.

Image: Susan Orr, Dean of Learning, Teaching and Enhancement and Katie Mills, Assistant Director, Student Enterprise and Employability (SEE).


UAL Launches US East Coast Alumni Association

UAL was thrilled to have the opportunity to meet with our east coast alumni at a special drinks reception in Brooklyn’s artistic DUMBO district earlier this month.

UAL New York Alumni Reception

The United States is home to over 2500 of our graduates with a quarter based in and around the New York City area. With American students currently the fourth largest international group studying with us and google research revealing UAL to be one of the most popular universities for US students looking to study abroad, our alumni community across the Atlantic is set to continue growing in strength.

UAL New York Alumni Reception

With this in mind, we are delighted to have recently launched the official US East Coast Alumni Association. The group is to led by a committee of six enthusiastic alumni, headed by CSM alumnus Ben Wilkinson-Raemer. The committee members have volunteered to work together  to help bring the local UAL community together to support, network and share.

Ben’s fellow committee members are Bruce Reynolds (LCF, 1993), Stephen Bury (Chelsea), Felicity Hogan (Camberwell, Chelsea and LCP), Rich Carter (Camberwell, 1998) and Luke Hayman (CSM, 1988).

Natalie Brett, Ben Wilkinson-Raemer, Chris Wainwright

Natalie Brett, Ben Wilkinson-Raemer, Chris Wainwright

More than 100 guests joined us at the New York Foundation for the Arts, to meet the committee members, hear ideas for future east coast activities and how to get involved. Throughout the evening, guests also had the opportunity to network, meet old friends and make new connections. UAL Pro Vice-Chancellor’s Natalie Brett and Chris Wainwright were on hand to update the group on the latest news from across the Colleges.

UAL New York Alumni Reception

“…being active in the Alumni Association is great both professionally and socially.  The East Coast of the United States draws people from so many backgrounds and talents.  Being a part of that community means you meet, socialize, gain inspiration, and be inspiring to people who you usually wouldn’t have access.” Ben Wilkinson-Raemer, President of the UAL East Coast Alumni Association.

The committee are keen to get you involved, email them directly at and join the Facebook group

UAL New York Alumni Reception

See more photos from the night via our Facebook page

Find out more about our international alumni groups including the US East Coast

More about UAL’s Alumni Association

London Fashion Week AW15

London Fashion Week AW'15  London College of Fashion MA catwalk  designs by Kelly Cho, Maria Piankov and  Yutong Jiang

More than half of the 78 labels showing at London Fashion Week are UAL alumni, including Jackie Lee who takes the prestigious opening slot with her label J JS Lee kicking off the catwalk schedule on Friday morning.

The four-day fashion fiesta returns to the capital this month, with 20-24 February dedicated to the autumn winter collections coming out of London’s cutting-edge ateliers.

Stealing a march on the official schedule, London College of Fashion host their MA Fashion catwalk show at the Wallace Collection on Thursday evening. Watch the show via the live stream from 7.30pm  and catch LCF’s two fashion exhibitions on show across the weekend at Victoria House and the Fashion Space Gallery.

Speaking ahead of the show London College of Fashion head Professor Frances Corner comments: “By separating our MA catwalks it allows us to profile the Womenswear course at a time when the fashion industry’s eyes are on London. The standalone show gives LCF an excellent opportunity to showcase the wealth of exciting, creative and commercially savvy talent that our Graduate school produces.”

To honour the memory of the late Professor Louise Wilson OBE, the largest reunion of Central Saint Martins fashion graduates are gathering on Friday for a special memorial event and the day will close with the Central Saint Martins MA show featuring the collections of the last of her graduates.

Ones to watch this season include Marques’Almeida, Ryan Lo, Faustine Steinmetz and Molly Goddard, recipients of the starmaking NEWGEN sponsorship.

See the full London Fashion Week AW15 schedule

Read Jackie Lee of J JS Lee’s exclusive UAL Edit interview

Find out more about Fashion Photography Next at the Fashion Space Gallery

Find out more about the MA15 exhibition from London College of Fashion

Donate to the Louise Wilson MA Fashion Fund

Read an archive interview with Professor Louise Wilson OBE


Meet: Sisters From Another Mister

Sisters From Another Mister (Milda Lembertaite, Amelia Prazak & Michelle Houston) met while studying BA Performance Design and Practice at Central Saint Martins. They decided to study MA Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts as a collective, and have subsequently been included in the 2015 Catlin Guide.


Sisters standing next to installation What would dad do Round 1-5

Sisters standing next to installation What would dad do Round 1-5

Tell us about your time studying at Chelsea?
At Chelsea we re-wired our art engine and questioned the collaborative aspect of our practice, resulting in a stronger understanding on how and why we work together. The reason for going back into education was an urge for us to be confronted with other practitioners across the wider spectrum of art. Situated on the riverside, next-door to Tate Britain, we inhabited an international family-like environment with times for reflection and critique with fellow students, tutors, technicians, security guards and other people working there. It was very important to have a studio which became like a ‘green-house’ making us grow and loose the constrains about tangible art, bridging the gap between ideas not arising only while in the studio but from the everyday, and having an everlasting love affair with life. However we had to grow quickly as time was short. We challenged our mode of work; started treating video as a spontaneous sculpture. We also expanded our thinking towards the art object; having workshops helped explore medias to appropriate ideas.

What are your greatest memories from the course?
Our memory of the past year fluctuates between time in our studio and the workshops. Also inhabiting time at Uni, after closing hours (8pm). For example, our degree show opened in September, therefore while most Londoners were enjoying the summer (in Ibiza), we occasionally grilled sausages right in front the Parade Ground. Also dancing or singing karaoke. Or always being sure that the tunes will be great in the wood workshop, and that if Abeer is working in the foundry we will listen to some local pop (maybe it’s why our practice became so influenced by the entertainment), that the fish and chips portion in the canteen is getting smaller and smaller, and how good it is to go to the Regency Café (authentic interior, authentic voice of the lady working there and that you can always find tutors secretly eating there away from students). The Parade Ground flooring light influenced so many great dance moves. Or on the way home, stopping in Bermondsey Street Park for a picnic dinner, to chat or draw ideas on a take away pizza box.

What were the greatest difficulties you faced when studying? And how did you overcome them?
Being just a one year course it felt like we started and five minutes later we finished. This means that at the end of it you need some time to look back at the year that has passed and make a plan.  We believe the aim of this MA is to get you lost and it is right in that position of fluctuation, of not-knowing, that a shift to bold artwork is possible. The difficult part is to let go, not trying to control it, especially when working with other people you feel the need to justify your choices to the others. Working with others, or better said, working with friends is a choice that implies and arises through inclusion and exclusion, carrying conflict, epiphanies and dilemmas. We entered the course as a collective of three but after graduation Michelle Houston has decided to take some time for herself. Finding your own island is essential to be able to work as a collective. We think that the solution is to work through collision rather than agreements.

my island is a beautiful island

my island is a beautiful island

How did your collaboration come about?
We met in our BA Performance Design and Practice in Central Saint Martins in 2008. Since then we have lost the dividing line between friendship, collaborator, flatmate, and companion. We do not know what is waiting for us around the corner but after everything we plan to retire together (seriously). The choice of working in a collaboration derives from a mutual rejection of formalism in theatre, yet it is the theatrical quality that is now the foundation of our work. Working together allows for instability and surprises.

Where do you live? What are your favourite things to do in London?
After a year and a bit living in the crypt area of a converted church in Bermondsey (former largest church in South London), we recently had to move and ended up in Brixton on the 4th floor overlooking council buildings which are in the process of demolition. Somehow we are lucky as we have a flat and a studio. We do not like middle grounds; it’s either lower or higher, dark or light. We avoid using public transport by walking or biking. We enjoy the food and positive vibe of people in Brixton Village (do go for Lunch to the Columbian bar there!) Often we loose ourselves in gallery openings. Sometimes we escape to the secret Hampstead Botanic garden. We love ‘our’ Indian restaurant in Bermondsey where, like in mama’s kitchen, they know what we are going to order. Or stopping for a picnic on a staircase along the river in Wapping. We like making new discoveries; finding roofs to have a coffee, places/ workshops for art materials, or new hobbies, e.g. we found an outdoor boxing place in front of where we live.

Tell us about what you have been up to since graduating, and your work that got you selected for the Catlin guide…
Since graduation we have organized a group show “Frosted and Defrosted”. The exhibition was curated by Taylor LeMelle in an empty shop in Bermondsey. We have created a performative installation ‘You jump, I jump. Remember?’ for an event curated by Sadie Murdoch. The piece was a straight reaction to the after-graduation syndrome and took its inspiration from a night on the sofa watching Titanic. We have also been granted a commission by the Pullman Hotel St Pancras for an installation that will open on the 25th of February. The work for the hotel further explores themes and concepts already present in our graduation piece that got us selected for the Catlin guide. We are exploring ideas behind ‘The Importance of Being Elsewhere’, a statement that seems to be reoccurring when reading our works. Not only through the use of multiple screen installations but both physically and mentally. Also part of our formal research is the idea of liquidity and movement when showing video work. Video is not only ‘moving image’ but the image itself is allowed to move between and beyond the constraints of the television frame.

Afterparty 2014

Afterparty 2014

Do you ever work individually? Do you plan to in the future?
Yes, while sleeping, dating and before finishing drinking the morning coffee. Otherwise, we deal with each other’s mind from morning till evening. In the future we are planning to retire together.

What can we expect to see from you next?
Next in line is the installation for the Pullman Hotel St. Pancras, supported both by Pullman and Chelsea College of Arts. With this installation we hint at the reality of things being in transit: a body passing, moving, migrating, growing, changing, gender, state, age. Like the Anthias, hermaphrodite fish that allow for more or less radical shifts in their existence.The videos play with the idea of a movement and transition which suggest to map fantasies of runaways where imaginary images construct and deconstruct, appear and disappear, in an ‘elsewhere’ space: the ‘under water’. The liquidity of the space where the bodies are presented mirrors our formal research.

Click here for more information on MA Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts 



UAL’s en>route launches 2015 BAME mentoring scheme


UAL’s Race Champion Stephen Reid and the Diversity Team launched the 2015 en>route cross-cultural mentoring scheme earlier this month. The scheme, which has successfully run for the previous two years, is one of a number of initiatives to support academic and professional services staff from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds (BAME) to navigate careers in arts higher education.

The event provided a chance for this year’s participants to network with mentees and mentors from previous years. Those who had participated in the en>route scheme in the past shared stories of the support and trust their mentoring relationships had offered.

All agreed that the benefit and learning opportunities were mutual. Past mentees also appreciated having a scheme solely for BAME staff. One mentee commented:

“On a development scheme with only other BAME staff you feel more comfortable and supported discussing sensitive issues of race, identity and personal development. You feel safe.”

Another said:

“My mentor helped me to recognise my abilities and how I might pursue my ambitions to become a new researcher. I was also given tips on problem solving and looking at how I might improve my current position.”

The 2015 cohort of BAME mentees will be matched from a pool of 20 senior staff (both white and BAME staff), including deans, managers, research academics, departmental directors, heads, senior lecturers, and a Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Stephen Reid).

Information on en›route’s other initiatives is available on the intranet.

Global Careers China Event – calling all UAL students

UAL Chinese Alumni Association and the UAL China Society present:  A Global Careers China Event at London College of Fashion

Alumni Event

Tuesday 24 February
from 6.00pm
RHS East, London College of Fashion, John Princes Street, London W1G 0BJ

Calling all University of the Arts London students and graduates…

  • Have you ever considered an overseas career in one of the world’s biggest countries?
  • Want to tap into a creative community of UAL graduates offering support, advice and connections?
  • Are you returning home to China after graduation and want to know more about the creative environment you will be working in?

Featuring a panel of international professionals, we are hosting this unique event that will explore the types of experiences and insight typical of creative opportunities throughout China’s major cities.

Oliver Pearce, the President of the UAL China alumni association, will be speaking about his experiences of working in China, as well as how the current alumni community already established across China will be on hand to offer support and professional connections.

Hearing from UAL alumni with experience in the Chinese market as well as creative representatives from a number of focusses, this will be your chance to explore careers and advice relevant to China, without even leaving London.

This event will be part of a series of international insight chapters, so book now to gain priority for future events and to avoid disappointment. Keep an eye out for confirmed speakers and profiles over the next couple of weeks and click on the link below to reserve your place today!

Register now

Meet Helen Wilson

Helen Wilson studied Sculpture (BA Hons) at Camberwell College of Arts. She is one of ten UAL alumni to be selected for the 2015 Catlin Guide. Here she tells us about her time at Camberwell, how she got involved in the Catlin Guide, and what she has planned for the future.

Helen Wilson

Helen Wilson

Why did you choose to study sculpture at Camberwell College of Arts?
After being advised that if I wanted to study fashion I would need to start making clothes that were wearable, I realised that a sculpture course may offer me more freedom. While at Camberwell I enjoyed having the framework of ‘sculpture’ rather than ‘fine art’ as it gave me a boundary to push against and really question where what I was making really sat within the art world.


How would you describe your time studying there?
A long, hard although mightily enjoyable three years of thinking, playing and trying to understand what art is and why we do it!


What are your best memories?
Gallery Wednesdays with our tutor Rob who would march the class around the streets of London; popping into galleries and inspecting the subtleties of the artwork. Also, our seminars in first year with Paul O’Kane were a real eye and mind opener.


What were the greatest difficulties you faced during the course? And what did you learn from them?
Having to question everything… And from that I learnt not to question everything.

Art Lug

Art Lug


How did you come to be shortlisted for the Catlin guide? And tell us about the work that has been shortlisted?
The Catlin Guide showcases 40 recent BA, MA and MFA graduates from around the UK and are chosen based on degree show work. My work exhibited at Camberwell was called ‘Carol’ and consists of a video of myself projected onto a wooden cut-out in the format of a Tensator Virtual Assistant seen (and usually ignored) at airports and train stations. I mime over recorded audio of Carol, a gallery warden, as she rants about the art world and how she is saddened by the system she’s found herself in. You can see snippets of this piece here.


What are your plans for the future (Immediate and long distance)?
My current work is based around the idea of the portable studio- lugging my art, tools and materials with me, allowing me to create as I draw inspiration from my surroundings. You can see upcoming dates on my website. With time I hope to widen the circle of portable studio goers, re-creating the best bits of art school- the discussions, crits and the urgency to make.

I am also experimenting with how to enjoy the task of making a living, developing some performances based around the idea of waiting, starting with becoming a street statue performer.


What/who are your biggest inspirations?
At the moment, tour guides.


Find out more about Sculpture (BA Hons) at the Camberwell College of Arts


Read more about the other UAL alumni selected for the 2015 Catlin Guide

UAL in the USA

Boris Johnson

Researchers at Google have revealed that UAL is one of the most popular overseas universities for US students. Google’s research shows UAL is the ninth most searched for university among US students looking to study overseas. Google’s education team analysed US internet searches during 2014, and found that six of the ten most searched for subjects by US students looking to study overseas are arts/creative subjects. The research also found that fashion is the second most searched for course, with London College of Fashion among the most highly searched specialist institutions. London tops Google’s poll of the most searched for city by US students looking to study abroad.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson announced the research findings during his trade mission to the US, aimed at strengthening economic and cultural ties between London and the US. In his speech Boris singled out UAL for special praise, referencing UAL’s move to Stratford and our key role as one of the leading cultural and educational providers in the capital.

Museum of the City of New York

A delegation from UAL is currently visiting the States for a series of education events, including the inauguration of the New York UAL alumni group. American students make up the fourth largest international group studying at the University.

Read about the launch of UAL’s East Coast alumni group

Discover more about UAL’s American alumni groups

Read more about the Google research in the London Evening Standard

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.