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National Pay Negotiations

We are pleased to announce that all three trade unions recognised at UAL (GMB, UNISON and UCU) have confirmed their acceptance of the nationally negotiated pay offer of a 2% uplift to all spine points on the 53 point scale, for staff in grades 1 to 7, effective from 1st August 2014.

These increases will take effect on 1st August 2014 and the new University payscales will be available on the HR Intranet prior to that date.

The acceptance of this pay offer also brings to an end the dispute and industrial action with UCU concerning the 2012/13 pay award (which was implemented from 1st August 2013).

Nick Rogers
Director of HR 

Research announce: Sabbatical Leave Scheme (Round 9) and the UAL Research Mentoring Scheme

UAL Research Sabbatical Leave Scheme (Round 9) announced

The deadline for applications is 4pm on Wednesday 2 July 2014
Application forms and guidance can be found on the Staff Portal:

Completed applications should be sent as an email attachment to Naomi O’Connor

UAL Research Mentoring Scheme launched

The purpose of research mentoring is to give the individual a clearer view of their role in research.  The aim of the UAL Research Mentoring Scheme is to support and develop the research careers of UAL academic staff.
The mentoring scheme is voluntary, and the contents of the meetings are confidential.  It is open to all academic staff on full time or fractional contracts (at least 0.2).
The time allocated to mentoring will be between a range of three and six hours; there will normally be three meetings a year and mentoring will be for one year.  At the end of each year, the College Research Committee will request from each mentor the number of meetings that took place and identify the general topic(s) discussed. Each mentor will be allocated up to six hours per member of staff within the UAL workload model.

More information and the application form can be found on the Staff Portal:

UAL Meets Anya Hindmarch at LCF

On Thursday 5 June, Head of LCF Professor Frances Corner OBE hosted a discussion with fashion designer Anya Hindmarch MBE, as part of the  UAL Meets series and LCF’s Inside the Industry series.


Professor Frances Corner (l) and Anya Hindmarch (r)

During the discussion, Anya covered a variety of topics ranging from how to set up and grow your own business, the best ways to manage investors and the importance of craftsmanship and ‘old-fashioned’ luxury. She also talked through the creative process behind some of her recent catwalk presentations, which have included themes such as the supermarket (complete with shopping trolleys, conveyor belts and bags with cereal brand logos) and outer space.

She had some fantastic advice for students in the process of starting their own businesses, including:

“It’s important to me to be a little bit scared sometimes, as it’s so close to excitement. If you’re doing something that scares you, you’re pushing yourself.

Starting a business is really fun and I hope you all get the chance to do it one day, but it’s also very hard work, so the best advice I can give you is to never give up. If you don’t give up, you will get there in the end.”

If you would like to read more of Anya’s quotes from the event, we have pulled together all the #UALMeets and #InsideFashion tweets in Storify.

Anya Hindmarch founded her business in 1987 with a store on London’s Walton Street, and her luxury accessories brand is known for its creativity, craftsmanship, personalisation and humour. Anya Hindmarch designs four mainline collections a year, which are sold through over fifty stores worldwide – including flagships on New York’s Madison Avenue, London’s Bond Street and Aoyama in Tokyo – as well as through key retail partners such as colette and Net A Porter.

In 2009, Anya Hindmarch was awarded an MBE in recognition for her contribution to the British fashion industry as well as further responsibilities including; UK Trade Ambassador, Non-Executive Director of the British Fashion Council and Trustee of both The Royal Academy and The Design Museum. She was awarded the Veuve Clicquot and Harpers Bazaar Business Woman of the Year Awards in 2012.

UAL Meets give UAL students and staff the chance to grill influential people in the creative industries.

Student Employee of the Year 2014 Competition Winners

Student Employee Of The Year Awards

ArtsTemps recently launched the Student Employee of the Year 2014 competition, which recognises and promotes the outstanding contributions and achievements of students who combine part-time work with their study commitments. The competition was launched in collaboration with NASES (National Association of Student Employment Services). While the competition is institutional, shortlisted applicants also have the opportunity to be nominated for the regional and the national award.

The winners have now been announced in the following categories as:

Category: Graduate Excellence

Temp: Karolina Simaskaite
Job Title: Assistant Student Administrator
Nominated by: Emira Khalili – Programme Lead Administrator – Cultural & Historical Studies
College/Dept: London College of Fashion

Category: Above & Beyond

Temp: Olexandra Solomka
Job Title: Social Representative
Nominated by: Clare Taylor – Accommodation Service Manager
College/Dept: Accommodation Services

Category: Commercial Impact

Temp: Casey Mackenzie-Johnson
Job Title: Business & Innovation Assistant
Nominated by: Rachel Bilson – Projects Manager – Business & Innovation
College/Dept: London College of Communication

Category: Step Up to Leadership

Temp: Matilda Aspinall
Job Title: Finance Assistant
Nominated by: Luisa Tobitt – Student Enterprise & Employability Administrator
College/Dept: Student Enterprise & Employability (SEE)

Well done to all four winners for their recognised hard work and their managers for nominating them.

ArtsTemps would also like to thank all the departments who nominated a temp as well as the judges who took time out to read through all the nominations:  Susan Orr, Mark Crawley and Paul Rossi.

20:20 design opportunity


We are pleased to announce that ArtsTemps is funding a second year of 20:20, a project to link up 20 UAL graphic designers with 20 university departments. The pilot project last year was very popular; having successfully supported 20 UAL departments to receive 20 free hours of design work, paid by Arts Temps.

For 2014 we are opening the project up to even more departments and services at the university, and we’re inviting your department to take advantage of this great opportunity to work with UAL’s creative talent.

If you have a project coming up that requires a graphics and/or communications solution (i.e. posters, flyers or brochure design, report templates and info graphics etc) this is a perfect opportunity for your department to receive up to 20 hours of free graphic design work, while giving a UAL student or graduate the opportunity to work on a live design brief.

If you’d like to take up this opportunity please email for more information and a booking form.

Be Creative: Collaborate!

Meet our speakers

Tuesday 24 June 2014
16:30 – 18:00
272 High Holborn
Book your place

As part of this year’s exciting Artsmart festival, we are delighted to bring together two pairs of alumni collaborators who will share their stories about how staying in touch and working with fellow UAL graduates has helped their careers and creative projects. Join us to hear first-hand how Chris Cawkwell and Jane Harris joined with fellow Wimbledon alumni to create ArtLacuna. They will be joined by creative partnership Stephanie McLaren-Neckles (LCC) and Ansel Neckles (Camberwell), Co-Founders of Let’s Be Brief (LBB), a cultural journal and professional development platform for the creative industry.

Speaker Profiles:

Photo by Robert W Mason

Ansel Neckles and Stephanie McLaren- Neckles. Photo by Robert W Mason

Stephanie McLaren-Neckles  is an unusual creative, being left handed with a right thinking brain that is strangely organised.

Stephanie’s experience spans across several creative industries: from TV – as a presenter on Trouble TV and MTV; starting her own design label Sexie Booda, wholesaling to high street retailers and boutiques such as Topshop, Urban Outfitters and House of Fraser; to setting up a creative agency, twenty%extra, who have worked with clients such as Virgin Media Pioneers, Louis Vuitton Young Arts Project and Channel 4. Stephanie’s most recent enterprising project is Let’s Be Brief – a cultural journal and professional development platform for creative industry professionals. In short, Stephanie loves nothing better than to create something out of nothing.

In 2012 Stephanie won Best New Business Award & London College of Communication Award from University of the Arts – Creative Enterprise Awards.

Ansel Neckles. If you asked his mum, she would say that Ansel would have popped out the womb with a pencil and pad if it were possible. Always with an idea and quotable to hand, Ansel graduated from Camberwell College of Arts in Graphic Design.

Wanting the challenge of pairing his design skills and wordsmithery, Ansel spent a number of years at Tribal DDB advertising agency as an Art Director / Copywriter. Whilst there he earned a couple of  D&AD commendations for his VW Golf and Touareg campaigns, as well as working on numerous ad campaigns for other household names such as British Gas and The Guardian to name a few. Ansel also has time at Saatchi & Saatchi and Wunderman under his belt.

Ansel now runs creative agency twenty%extra and cultural journal Let’s Be Brief with Stephanie.


Chris Cawkwell

Chris Cawkwell is an artist whose work explores the relationship between global marketing and consumption. Utilizing contemporary technologies, performative and interactive elements to critique the social systems and processes which operate around us and highlight the rate at which products are consumed and commodified.

Cawkwell graduated with a Masters in Fine Art from Wimbledon College of Art in 2012. He has exhibited nationally and internationally; in Mumbai, India, as part of cross-collaborative venture Project India (Asia Arts Projects & the 1%-ers Art Collective, 2011) and Tokyo, Japan, part of Tokyo Wonder Site’s Creator in Residence program (2012).

He has completed residency programs at Space 118, Mumbai, (2011), Tokyo Wonder Site, Aoyama, (2012) and at the Bohunk Institute, Nottingham, in preparation for solo show Sensorama (2013). His work forms part of the permanent collection at Space 118.

He is a founding member and director of artist led space (and collective) ArtLacuna, based in Clapham Junction, South London.

Jane Harris

Jane Harris

Jane Harris works with found footage using voice and language to locate, but not identify, (for that is the reader/viewer’s role), moments of intensity and affect. There is sometimes a violent, narcissistic streak, but this violence is not aimed at the audience. It is a means to an end. To transgress has value; unfettered by literary/artistic etiquette, ‘knowledge’, ‘truth’, (whatever they may be), have a better chance of being exposed if revealed through the edge of experience.

Harris graduated from Wimbledon College of Art in 2012 with an MA in Fine Art, she is a founding member of ArtLacuna and is currently working on Roland Barthes’s unwritten novel, which forms the basis for her Phd. 

This event is run by Development and Alumni Relations. If you would like to be involved in future events like this, please email

Artsmart at Chelsea

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10 Jun 2014
9:00 to 16:00

A day of practical talks and workshops taking place at Chelsea.

Highlights include:

· Interviews and presenting yourself
· Portfolio presentation panel
· CVs and social media

Browse and book Artsmart events at Chelsea.

This is just one part of Artsmart – the careers festival for creative graduates, which takes place over in Summer 2014.
With free events, activities and workshops at each of UAL’s six Colleges; a three day Central event and Fair, and a programme of Fringe events taking place across the capital, Artsmart is the best place to get you started in the creative industries

Free to all UAL students, graduates and staff.

Booking essential.

Artsmart 2014

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The careers festival for creative graduates 

27 May – 25 June 2014

Booking for Artsmart 2014 is now open!

Taking place in Summer 2014, Artsmart is a careers festival for creative graduates from University of the Arts London.

With free events, activities and workshops at each of UAL’s six Colleges; a three day Central event and Fair, and a programme of Fringe events taking place across the capital, Artsmart is the best place to get you started in the creative industries.

Our talks and events include practical and inspirational workshops, one-to-one support, employment opportunities and industry networking to provide you with the skills, knowledge and motivation to get ahead in your chosen career as a professional creative whether employed or self-employed.

Artsmart is coming to each of UAL’s colleges across May and June, for a day of practical talks and workshops. #artsmart14

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Anxious Places symposium programme

Anxious places symposium

Image credit: Shona Illingworth, 216 Westbound, working Image, 2013 © Illingworth

Anxious Places: Angst, environments and affective contamination

Commentators claim that contemporary culture is dominated by anxiety. From individual uncertainties to global economic, social and political insecurities, anxiety pervades our lives and affects our interactions with people and places. Anxious Places examines the ways in which anxiety ‘contaminates’ urban, social, and natural environments and asks how histories are implicated in making it a cultural script. Artists and scholars
discuss contemporary angst from a range of cross-disciplinary perspectives and artistic mediums.

Speakers: Jill Bennett, Frank Furedi, Avery Gordon, Andrew Hoskins, Shona Illingworth, Uriel Orlow, Jeremy Till, David Toop, and John Tulloch

Organised by Dr Caterina Albano

The symposum is part of UAL collaboration to the London Festival of Anxiety and Mental Health.

Anxious Places programme 6.14 (PDF 184KB)

Book to attend the symposium

UAL Summer Shows Season 2014

SummerShowsi_600x250_RGB_YellowThe UAL summer shows season is now open. With degree show exhibitions at all six Colleges from now until the autumn, we are inviting friends, supporters, industry, collectors and the media from across London and around the globe to join the hunt for the next generation of creative stars in studios, workshops and gallery spaces throughout the University. Visit the summer shows season website for all the information on who, what, where and when -


Get social
Peek behind the scenes, meet the artists and share your favourite finds on social media. Check out the latest news from the summer shows on:


Follow #summershows14 and use the hashtag to share your discoveries at the shows.


Preview the work online
Showtime is UAL’s exclusive online gallery packed with portfolios from the most talented new artists and designers. Log onto the website used by industry insiders to scout new talent and commission creatives, for a sneak peek of this year’s graduate work. View Showtime