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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.

Student rent rates agreed for next year

The new rents for UAL student accommodation for the 2015/16 academic year have been announced.

Students in the coming year will continue to benefit from rents that are below the market rate. A rise of 3.3 per cent has been agreed which has been calculated using RPI (retail price index that measures UK inflation) at 2.5 per cent as well as a proportion of what the landlord charges UAL for the property.

Steve Howe, Director of Estates, said: “We are still negotiating with the landlords of our accommodation. If we are able to secure any further savings these will of course be passed on to students in the form of a discount code.”

UAL currently subsidises most of its accommodation to ensure that rents are below the London market rate. Half of our accommodation is now on an agreed 42 week contract that reduces the amount students pay over the course of a year. Over 15 per cent of UAL students live on university accommodation, with the remainder organising their own living arrangements.

Artefact magazine: Politics Special Edition – call for contributors

We’re producing a special politics edition of LCC’s Artefact magazine and are looking for contributors from anywhere in UAL.

The magazine will come out in Election week and reflect students’ political views, interests and concerns. We’re looking for writers, photographers, artists and designers to respond to the theme of politics in creative ways.

It doesn’t matter if you’re politically committed or disengaged, an activist or a sceptic, a single-issue campaigner or a party member, we want as wide a range of voices and views as possible. If you’re interested, contact Simon Hinde on s.hinde@lcc.arts.ac.uk.

Made in Arts London invites submissions for its Spring/Summer Collection 2015

MiAL

Made in Arts London (MiAL) invites submissions for its Spring/Summer Collection 2015. 

If you are a current UAL student or recent graduate you are welcome to submit your work to be considered by the selection panel.

The online submission form and further information on how to apply can be found on MiAL’s website.

The deadline for submissions is midnight on Sunday 15 February.

If chosen, you and your work will be exposed to wide audiences - internally and externally.

MiAL is a not-for-profit enterprise from the Students’ Union, University of the Arts London, that sells art and design from students and recent graduates. Throughout the year MiAL attends and hosts a variety of exhibitions, events and art fairs to promote and sell student work. Previous events have included: Affordable Art Fair, The London Illustration Fair, Multiplied Art Fair at Christie’s, MiAL at The Lethaby Gallery and other fairs and independent exhibitions across London.

MiAL also offers additional professional development support in the form of workshops, talks, one-to-one advice sessions and networking opportunities. Alongside this, MiAL’s online presence gives you the opportunity to showcase your work throughout the year, allowing you to continually build a customer database.

 

Meet Rebecca Scheinberg

Rebecca Scheinberg from Australia graduated from the London College of Communications with a BA in Photography in 2014. She is one of the ten UAL graduates to be selected for the 2015 Catlin Guide.

Rebecca Scheinberg

Rebecca Scheinberg Image Credit: Matilda Hill Jenkins

What made you decide to come to London and study at London College of Communication?  And what specifically interested you about studying photography?
I was previously studying at The Royal Academy of Art (KABK) in the Netherlands, however I felt that it wasn’t the right school for me, so I started looking into Universities in London. I was particularly drawn to the photography course at London College of Communication for its strong theoretical approach. I felt that at LCC, photography was approached quite holistically, which really appealed to me.


What was the best thing LCC taught you?
The BA Photography at LCC taught me how to critically engage with photography, and how valuable peer to peer dialog is. Some of the most valuable moments were sitting down with friends and discussing each other’s work and photography in general, something that I think was really encouraged by the course.


What or who generally inspires your work?
It changes all the time, generally it’s literature, both theoretical and fictional. I tend to work quite associatively, so get really excited about something I read or see, that sets me off on a path that ends quite far from the original inspiration. I used to really struggle with this way of working, but Beverley Carruthers (Course Director, BA Photography) really encouraged it, which was a big breakthrough for me.

Rebecca Scheinberg


Tell us about getting selected for the Catlin guide…
It was such an honour to be a part of it among so many other great artists. I had followed it for the past few years, so to be selected for it was quite surreal.


Where do you see yourself in ten years’ time?
Ten year plans are odd things… I hope I won’t be where I plan to be in ten years’ time, it would be so boring to have everything mapped out already!


Who would your dream collaboration be with?
If it’s possible to choose a fictional character I would definitely say Frankenfurter from Rocky Horror Picture show, however perhaps a bit more realistic, I would love to collaborate somehow with Westfield.


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Opportunity for students to showcase work at Pulse design show

Emma Alington pulse

Applications are now open for UAL students and graduates to apply to showcase their work as part of a highly discounted UAL branded group stand in the Launchpad area of London product design show Pulse, 10-12 May 2015.

Pulse is an annual trade show for gift and interior products, and the Launchpad area is set aside as a platform for young, emerging talent. Therefore all UAL student and graduates with market-ready products to sell are encouraged to apply. Please ensure your students are aware of this exciting opportunity.

Deadline for applications: 10am, 9 March 2015

Students can find out more and apply on our Pulse web page.

Image credit: Emma Alington, BA (Honours) Ceramic Design, Central Saint Martins, 2013, www.emmaalington.co.uk/

Showcase and sell your work at Pulse

Emma Alington pulse

Applications are now open for UAL students and graduates to apply to showcase their work as part of a highly discounted UAL branded group stand in the Launchpad area of London product design show Pulse, 10-12 May 2015.

Pulse is an annual trade show for gift and interior products, and the Launchpad area is set aside as a platform for young, emerging talent. Therefore all UAL student and graduates with market-ready products to sell are encouraged to apply!

Deadline for applications: 10am, 9 March 2015

Students can find out more and apply on our Pulse web page.

Image credit: Emma Alington, BA (Honours) Ceramic Design, Central Saint Martins, 2013, www.emmaalington.co.uk/

Take part in the National Student Survey

National Student Survey

Final year student? The National Student Survey has started and your feedback is needed! Take the survey now.

This is a UK-wide survey, run by an independent, external market research company. Finalists from all UK universities can take part, and the scores are compiled and published in the media in August.

It’s our chance to hear from you about what it’s like studying with us. Your feedback is used to help us continue to make improvements across all colleges.

There’s a feel-good incentive for taking part – £5 goes to the Student Hardship Fund every time the survey is filled in, rising to £10 once 70% of students respond.

How much can we raise? Which college will raise the most? We’ll be reporting on which college takes the lead as the survey answers roll in.

Read about the feedback and changes we made last year – we’ve opened the Libraries for longer, moved to online timetables, changed feedback times, increased support for Disabled students and much more.

Visit the National Student Survey website to make sure your voice is heard.

Meet Ben Wilkinson-Raemer

Earlier this year, we were thrilled to announce the formation of the UAL East Coast Alumni Committee. This group of seven alumni from across our six renowned Colleges, have volunteered to work together to help UAL and our graduates connect and build a creative community on the East Coast of the United States. On the 12th February 2015 we will be hosting a special UAL Alumni Reception in New York to introduce the committee to our local cohort and hear ideas about future activities and opportunities in the area.

Ben Wilkinson-Raemer (CSM, BA (Hons) Product Design (2006)) has kindly stepped forward to lead the committee as President. Here he tells us about leaping over the Atlantic to study in London, his inspirations, living in The Big Apple and why he took on the role of President.

“…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

What inspired you to make the brave leap over the Atlantic to come and study in London?
I went to an American college previously to studying in London.  I was always envious of my classmates doing semesters abroad. After working for a few years in Boston, I decided London might be a good place to change my career direction as well as scratch my travel itch.  I actually found Central Saint Martins completely by accident (that’s another story).

What was the greatest thing you gained from your time at CSM studying Product Design?
I really learned how to work independently and be self-sufficient when it comes to learning.  The tutors were there if you needed them but they didn’t hold our hand.  We were encouraged to explore our inspiration and not be held back by specific skill-sets.

What advice would you give any students wanting to move to London from the US?
I think it would be naive not to understand how expensive London is.  Ensuring you have enough money to live comfortably in very important.  Running out of money can cause a lot of stress when trying to focus on college work.
I would also say go with an open mind.  Say yes to everything, and get yourself in situations that might feel a little uncomfortable.  These situations are what makes London so inspiring.

In a nutshell, what have you been doing since graduation?
I started my career as a product designer, then became a model maker and fabricator.  Now I work in marketing where I use both my fluency in design and manufacturing to create rich brand experiences and environments.

What is your greatest achievement?
I know this sounds convenient but going to another country (England) and after four years leaving with a BA in Product Design is by far by most satisfying achievement.  It was amazing and inspirational, but it came hard work and really digging deep.

Ben Wilkinson-Raemer

Who or what is your greatest inspiration?
I think when I meet people who have never compromised in their beliefs and become successful in their own mind.  These people remind me of the important things in life.

When I first moved to New York my flatmate started hosting these weird cooking contests.  We all thought he was crazy.  Eight years later he has a national brand of cooking contests.  He travels all over the country, he has corporate sponsorships, TV show, and is huge success.

That is inspirational.  Forget what everyone else thinks.

What do you most enjoy about living and working in New York?
New York is certainly not an easy place to live and work.  It is cut throat, and requires a lot of long hours and low starting pay.  Saying that, it can be very rewarding and inspirational.  Some of the best creative minds find themselves here and you can work with, and learn from them.

You are President of our US East Coast Alumni Association. What made you put your hand up and take on this exciting role?… Do we now have to call you Mr President?
I actually initially started reaching out to the alumni group here in NYC because I was looking for a job.  I think that is a great reason to join the group.  Even after my career starting moving, I continued to be active in the group.  Even today after eight years in New York some of the people I met in those first Alumni Association meetings are my closest friends.  Being the president of the group is actually quite an honour, and I take it as serious as time allows.  And yes, I require everyone who shares the same room as me to bow and walk out backwards.  :)

How do you think our graduates will benefit from having access to such a strong alumni community?
Absolutely.  As I touched on in the previous question, 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.  We have CEO’s, creative directors, fine artists, curators, teachers, writers, interns, recent graduates, and a host of other professions all in one group.  That’s awesome!

Find out more about UAL’s Alumni Association

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

Join the East Coast Facebook Group

Join our Alumni Reception in New York

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