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Get active this year!

Arts Active

Arts Active is a Students’ Union project offering a range of weekly sporting and fitness activities for staff and students.

Staff and students can sign up for just £10 a year.

Different activities are on offer every weekday, including aerobics, table tennis leagues, swimming, running and urban cycling skills.

Continuous offers include swimming at Golden Lane LC (students only) and the opportunity to get fit with the UAL running group. Arts Active will also shortly be announcing a series of one-off events.

For a full list of events on offer, visit the Arts Active intranet page.

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Catlin Guide artists revealed

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The forty artists selected for the 2015 Catlin Guide have been revealed, a quarter of whom are UAL graduates. Identifying “the most exciting new graduate and postgraduate artists from UK art schools”, the Catlin Guide selection is overseen by curator Justin Hammond in collaboration with leading gallerists, curators, collectors and course tutors.

Nigel Carrington, Vice-Chancellor, said: “I am delighted that so many of our students are being selected as amongst the most exciting new graduate and postgraduate artists from UK art schools.  It demonstrates the calibre and creativity of UAL’s graduates, many of whom will play a major role in the future of their disciplines.”

The ten selected UAL alumni artists are: Helen Wilson, BA Hons Sculpture from Camberwell; Mette Sterre, MA Performance Design & Practice, Emma Corrall, MA Fine Art. Roderick Laperdrix, MA Fine Art and Lou Macnamara, BA Hons Fine Art from Central Saint Martins;  John Baker, BA (Hons) Fine Art and Sisters from Another Mister, MA Fine Art from Chelsea; Jisun Choi, MA Photography and Rebecca Scheinberg, BA (Hons) Photography from LCC; and Sean Patrick Mullan, BA (Hons) Fine Art: Sculpture from Wimbledon.

The Catlin Prize shortlist will be announced in May.

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2 sisters from another mister Fish Fight

Lou Macnamara 'WatchingTheWar' 2014 Installation 5 x 5 x 3 metres

Meet Anna Mokhova: Russia’s New UAL Alumni Group Co-ordinator

Anna Mokhova graduated from Chelsea College of Arts with an MA Interior Design in 2011. She is originally from, and lives in Russia, and is the co-ordinator of the new alumni group there. The group have just formed and are looking for UAL alumni to join them at their upcoming events…

 Anna Mokhova


What made you decide to come to London and study at Chelsea College of Art and Design?  And what specifically interested you about Interior Design?

I was recommended the Graduate Diploma course to explore an unconventional approach to interior design and shape independent thinking. Throughout the year I realised my interest in a particular theoretical debate within the discipline and moved on to the MA to work on my research. I was fascinated by the phenomenon of the sensual in perception of space, and I think this interest is still shaping my work.


What’s your favourite memory from your time at Chelsea?

Greatest of all was sharing days with my fellow students in the Chelsea workshops when creating work for the final show. This was a very inspirational period full of support from the local community of tutors, technical staff and friends from other MA courses.


What was the best thing about living in London? What one piece of advice would you give a student moving to London?

While living in London I met some incredibly interesting people and created industry connections. I value this experience profoundly. I would recommend anyone moving to London to be open to new people, ideas and places. Explore and learn as much as possible!


What have you been doing since graduating?

I moved back to Russia, where I gained some solid experience working in the interior design industry. Currently I am lecturing at the British Higher School of Art and Design in Moscow, and find supporting students during their creative development fulfilling and rewarding.


What has been your greatest achievement?

I hope all the great results are ahead, but probably the biggest achievement by now is being persistent in following my ambition. I hope in future I will be able to set up a project, which would positively influence the development of the design industry here in Russia.


What made you want to set up the UAL Alumni group in Russia?

I think it is important to keep in touch with other professionals within the creative industry. I believe forming a local community will provide space to connect for experienced professionals, and recent graduates from different creative spheres.  I hope the Group will become an environment for some great networking, learning and inter-disciplinary collaboration.


Tell us about the Russian alumni group… How do you visualise the group growing in the future?

We have recently had our first meeting, and this proved we already have really active members who enjoy collaboration and sharing. It was fun to meet and network within the group, but I believe it would also be interesting to work on events open to the public. Currently I have a couple of directions in mind, which I have discussed with other alumni, who are already greatly supportive of the initiatives. One of the directions is forming a space to hold a monthly contemporary debate in different disciplines, where group members could share their personal work and get feedback from other UAL graduates and the local creative community. As well as that, there is an opportunity to set up a larger annual event, which would be interesting for members of the public. This bigger event would allow UAL alumni to promote themselves and their work by sharing their expertise with visitors through talks, master classes, setting up sales and group shows. I hope we will get more graduates involved soon to make it exciting!


If you are interested in getting involved in the Russian alumni group you can get in touch here and follow them on Facebook.


National Student Survey – now open

National Student Survey

The National Student Survey is now open for all UAL undergraduate finalists.

The NSS is a very public, much reported-on public measure of student satisfaction, so scores are highly visible & used to rank us alongside other UK universities. It’s our chance to hear from our finalists about their whole experience studying with us.

Feedback from this survey is very important, so we have incentives for taking part – £5 goes to our Student Hardship Fund every time the survey is filled in, rising to £10 once 70% of students respond.

Students will be emailed from today, and need to know how important this is, so please promote the survey wherever you can and encourage participation among your students. Visit the NSS intranet page to find out what the survey is and how to promote it. Visit the National Student Survey website.

New Employee Self-Service – coming soon

Employee Self-Service

A new version of Employee Self-Service is being launched this March. With fewer clicks, the redesigned Employee Self-Service will make it easier for you to maintain your personal details, book holiday and manage your personal learning. You will also be able to access the system on the go, with the ability to access both Employee Self-Service and Manager Self-Service on mobile devices including iPhones, iPads and tablets.

What can you do

  • Update your personal details (address, contacts, equality information)
  • Book holidays and manage your entitlement
  • Submit expense claims
  • Book UAL staff training courses

Key features for managers

  • Access via mobile devices.
  • Access for managers to authorise tasks within new Employee Self-Service without logging into Manager Self-Service.
  • Access for managers to view their team’s activities and absences via the calendar

More information is available on the Employee Self-Service intranet page. To prepare yourself book a place on one of the 30 minute briefings being held during February and March. You can do this through the current Employee Self Service (search for Employee Self-Service under Learning.)

Religious festivals and holy days: new guidance

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UAL has launched new guidance on how to account for religious festivals and holy days when planning timetables, work programmes and events. This guidance sets out arrangements for students and staff to request alterations to their working hours or timetables on grounds of religious observance.

The UAL religious festivals calendar lists a selection of holidays and festivals which take place throughout the academic year. Teams are encouraged to take account of the religious festivals calendar when planning events such as interviews, induction activities, timetables and assessment schedules.

The calendar indicates if a particular festival involves fasting, or a restriction on work, in order to highlight dates that are likely to have a particular impact on participation or attendance. ‘Work restricted’ dates include: Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Eid ul-Adha, Sukkot (Autumn term); Chinese New Year and Passover (Spring Term) and Eid al-Fitr (Summer Term).

The religious festivals calendar is available as a shared outlook calendar (listed under ‘Corporate Resources’) or as a Word document. Details of how to download the calendar are available.

Professor Frances Corner, UAL’s Religion and Belief Champion, said:

“Considering the religious observance requirements of students and staff enables us to demonstrate our commitment to promoting inclusion, whilst acknowledging the diverse religious identities and practices students and staff bring with them.

Our aim is to take a positive approach to requests for flexibility on grounds of religious observance, and to consider the festivals calendar when planning our work programmes.”

To find out more about religious observance guidance, visit the religious festivals and holy days intranet page.

Green league table results keep sustainability on the agenda for UAL

People and Planet University League

University of the Arts London has been named as the 61st greenest university in the UK by the People & Planet University League 2015 – the UK’s only comprehensive and independent ranking of universities by ethical and environmental criteria published by The Guardian.

UAL has jumped 66 places, with a score of 46.3 out of 100, making it the most improved major higher education institution, and third most improved out of all higher education institutions, in the UK. In November, UAL was awarded two Green Apple awards and nominated for six Green Gown awards.

With Green Week fast approaching (9-15 February) and the first inter-college waste reduction competition, ‘Waste Off’, to follow in March, UAL was able to demonstrate to the Green League that sustainability is important to staff and students all year round.

Ian Lane, UAL’s Head of Sustainability, believes the Green League is a valid tool to test an organisation’s response to the sustainability agenda. He said: “Sustainability at UAL is used as a catalyst for positive change. Instead of focusing on resiliency, UAL harnesses how well sustainability is captured in our learning teaching and research and replicates it through our estates and operations, business engagement and procurement. This makes us leaner and greener.”

Improving the student experience through enhanced academic support

Academic Development and Services (ADS) is pleased to announce that Alex Lumley became full time in her post as Associate Dean of Academic Support from 5 January, reporting to the Director of Libraries and Academic Support Services.


Alex is an experienced arts and design practitioner, teacher and manager; most recently she was Associate Dean of Learning, Teaching and Enhancement at Central Saint Martins. She will continue to lead on delivering the ambitions articulated in the University’s Strategy for Academic Support and will be developing Academic Support’s role in improving retention, attainment and student success.

Academic Support aims to provide enhanced opportunities, tutorials and online resources for the development of effective learning strategies, study skills and professional attributes. Read the full academic support strategy or visit the UAL website for more information on academic support including a new downloadable leaflet for students.

The Department of Repair


Department of Repair: image by Bridget Harvey.

Bridget Harvey has co-curated a project at the Camberwell Space called The Department of Repair as part of her PhD research.  It is a two part project involving three weeks of workshops and exhibition, followed by three weeks of exhibition which will include the outcomes of the workshops.

The Department of Repair explores (re)making through fixing, repairing and mending. The project reframes the theme of ‘repair’, exploring its identities and its potential as an environmentally/socially engaged practice. The project aims to create space for broader interpretations of repairing, fixing and/or mending practice, exploring categories such as repair narratives, agents, materials, and methods/systems.

The project begins with an exhibition which showcases approaches to mending, guides and tools of repair. For the first three weeks, visiting (re)makers, (re)designers and repairers, who demonstrate and teach repair and re-making skills will run drop-in workshops. Outcomes from the workshops will be then added to the existing set of exhibits to form a larger exhibition.  A two-part publication will complement the project with writings by and about the repairers and exhibits involved in the project.

  • All workshops will take place at Camberwell Space as part of the exhibition.
  • All workshops are free and open to the public.

For further information:

The project reception will be held on  3rd February, starting with a talk by Daniel Charny at 4pm, followed by drinks in the space until 8pm.  Please RSVP to

Yve Lomax talk: Photographs, Writing.


A research talk by Yve Lomax:

‘Photographs, Writing’

Wednesday 11 March 2015, 4.30.
Street Lecture Theatre, London College of Communication, Elephant & Castle.

All welcome.

The Photography and the Contemporary Imaginary Research Hub at LCC is pleased to announce a research talk by Yve Lomax:

‘Within this talk I will give examples of my writing and, in so doing, say something about photographic images. There will be examples that embrace what I can only call the ‘art’ of writing. There will also be examples of me toing and froing as, in writing, I enter into conversation with myself. And finally there will be ideas regarding the example itself and how, if only for a moment, a photographic image can be considered as that.’

Yve Lomax is a visual artist and writer. She is author of Pure Means: Writing, Photographs and an Insurrection of Being(2013), Passionate Being: Language, Singularity and Perseverance (2010), Sounding the Event: Escapades in Dialogue and Matters of Art, Nature and Time (2005) and Writing the Image: An Adventure with Art and Theory (2000). She is currently Senior Research Tutor for Photography and Fine Art at the Royal College of Art. She is also a director of and commissioning editor for the Common Intellectual series of Copy Press.

This event is organized in association with TrAIN, the UAL research centre for transnational art, identity and nation.

Please direct enquiries to: Weibke Leister,