“UAL interviews over 1,000 applicants and appoints over 300 new colleagues every year. To select the best person for the job we need our interview panels to include staff from diverse backgrounds who can draw on a broad range of perspectives.”
Stephen Reid, Pro-Vice Chancellor Strategic Development and UAL Race Champion.
Executive Board has set an objective that by September 2015 all UAL interview panels will include staff from diverse ethnic backgrounds. To support this, the Diversity Team and HR are recruiting staff volunteers for the en>route Interview Panellist Pool.
The Pool will be made up of staff from black, asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds who are trained to participate in recruitment panels across UAL. The Pool is open to all staff from under-represented BAME backgrounds who have worked at UAL for more than nine months.
Members of the Pool will be asked to participate in two to three recruitment panels each year. The pool will be available for all recruiting managers to use from summer 2015.
As well as supporting improvements in recruitment practices, members of the Pool will gain a range of professional development opportunities, such as:
Participation in the ‘Selecting the Best’ course which provides in-depth training in recruitment and selection.
Learning about how different departments work and their priorities when recruiting new staff.
Working closely with senior managers and department heads.
The satisfaction of helping to appoint a new colleague.
An opportunity for artists and collaborative practices working across craft and design disciplines. On offer are five awards of £7,500 and support to develop new work over a period of six months, for exhibition as part of the Jerwood Visual Arts programme at Jerwood Space and on tour nationally. The awards will be made by and independent selection panel:
Grant Gibson, Editor of Crafts magazine
Isobel Dennis, Director of New Designers
Michael Marriott, product designer and curator
This opportunity promotes the significance of making and materials within the contemporary visual arts and 2015 is its fifth edition. It offers artists, makers and designers at the early stages of their careers an opportunity to develop their creative ideas independently of specific commissioning structures. The award proudly focuses on making and material. It seeks to support exceptional skill and imagination within what are traditionally described as the applied arts, looking broadly at how contemporary artists are defining or challenging such boundaries. The Jerwood Visual Arts team provides significant developmental support to selected artists where needed, working alongside the curatorial and logistical development of each idea. For further information and to apply please visit: jerwoodvisualarts.org
The second SEE Graduate Internship Scheme, which offers match-funding for summer internships to small employers, concluded last month. Overall, the program was a terrific success.
Employers found the experience “enjoyable and productive” and were impressed with the strong work ethic of the UAL graduates. Many of the interns were offered positions at the company when their internships ended – a testament to the hard work they put in throughout the 8 weeks. Elspeth Walker from WWG Ltd. noted “This programme is beneficial for both employer and student. It is good to have the views of a younger person within a business, especially in the creative industries.”
All graduate participants were given the opportunity to meet with Bianca Miller, Founder of the B Group, for a one-to-one career guidance session. Graduate Anisha Parmar said the session was “helpful, and gave me the push I needed”. Anna Stevens-Smith agreed; “[Bianca] is supportive yet honest and has really helped me make up my mind in what I want to do. I feel I have walked away thinking much more clearly with a strong action plan.”
A call for employers to participate in the 2015 scheme will be launched in early April. The participating internships will be advertised on Creative Opportunities and run from July through September.
SEE and CLTAD have announced their winning curriculum development projects, a funding scheme to support staff in researching and developing new knowledge of enterprise and employability, or sustainability learning, within curricular.
The full list of projects is:
Self-publish and Disseminate (College: CSM and CCW; Disciplines: Fine Art and Design)
The University Gallery: Programming, Publishing and Practice (College: CSM Afterall and CCW Chelsea Space; Disciplines: Contemporary Art, Publishing, Research and Exhibitions)
Access Through Tools’ (College: LCC; Discipline: Graphic Design)
We are currently experiencing problems with the UniFlow printing system at CSM King’s Cross and Archway campus.
The top-up kiosk is not in operation at the moment so students should top up using the online payment portal (with a debit/credit card). However, some students have topped up their printing accounts online but their balance has not been credited. If your balance has not been updated after one hour, please contact the ITService Desk on 0207 514 9898. You will need to provide the reference number on your printing receipt.
This problem is being dealt with as high priority and we are working closely with our suppliers to resolve the issue.
This year UAL celebrates Black History Month with an exhibition programme curated by the African Caribbean Society; Unspoken Barriers is a major series of events created by London College of Communication Students’ Union Vice-President, Bee Tajudeen and funded by the UAL Widening Participation fund. UAL students and graduates from a variety of disciplines were invited to submit artwork reflecting the themes surrounding Black History Month, and experiences of black students in the current educational climate. This artwork has been collated to create the first in a series of exhibitions under the ‘Unspoken Barriers’ title.
Bee Tajudeen comments: “I’m so pleased to see an exhibition that is student led to go up at LCC, especially on such an important subject. I would like to thank all the exhibitors who submitted and urge everyone to go an look at these thought-provoking pieces.”
UAL Joint Chairs of Black Art and Design, Sonia Boyce and Paul Goodwin, present ‘Movements’, a selection of works from the June Givanni Pan-African Cinema Archive on show until 27 October. They are also currently preparing for Ghosts; opening on 2 November Ghosts is a year-long series of single work and focused displays featuring key art works from a range of British Black and Asian artists exploring ideas around technologies, subjectivities and contemporary art practice. They will explore how artists have interrogated the complex relationships between technology, subjectivity and strategies of art making in an age of migration, globalisation and dispersed diaspora identities. Questioning what art can tell us about the transformation of gendered, class and racialised subjectivities in our techno-cultural and information rich societies, what a critical art practice look like today, and what are the excesses that hover as a ghostly spectre around forms of representation and its technologies, the displays by contemporary practitioners will attempt to address these.
This year, UAL is introducing Unit Evaluations for all undergraduate and taught postgraduate students across the University.
Unit Evaluations are your opportunity to feed back to us about the units that you are studying via a short online survey. By giving your feedback, you can help us to make positive changes to your course while you are studying with us – the more students respond, the more impact your feedback will have.
How to complete a Unit Evaluation
You will receive an email one week before the end of each unit on your course and you can also access your surveys by logging in to your course Moodle site. Open the link and complete the short online survey on your PC, Mac, tablet, phone or mobile device. The survey includes 10 short questions and only takes a few minutes to complete. The survey will be open for two weeks so make sure you respond straight away.
How we will use your feedback
When the survey closes, your Course Leader will receive the anonymous feedback from all the students on your unit. They will post a response to your feedback on your course Moodle site, highlighting where they think they might be able to make positive changes to your course. Your Course Reps will also discuss the results at your course or programme committee, your feedback will be included in your course’s annual monitoring processes and the University will use the data to help improve the experiences of all students at UAL.
Find out more
Further information about Unit Evaluations, including answers to some frequently asked questions, and guidance on making your feedback as useful as possible, is available on the Unit Evaluations web pages.