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Flexible / Phased Retirement

If you are aged 55 or over and an active member of the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) or the Teachers Pensions Scheme (TPS), you may wish to consider applying for flexible/phased retirement. Rather than continuing in your job to your normal retirement age you can, with  your employer’s consent, reduce your hours or move to a lower grade and draw some or all of your pension benefits whilst continuing in employment – enabling you to ease into retirement. You can continue paying into your pension to build up further benefits.

The main conditions are:

  • You must be aged 55 or over
  • You must have the agreement of your employer
  • There will be a reduction in your hours or a move to a position on a lower grade
  • The benefits taken will be actuarially reduced for early repayment

The attached Flexible / Phased Retirement document should answer some of the questions that you may have about flexible retirement and includes an application form should you wish to apply. Applications should be submitted via your line manager. 

Further information is available on Pension Schemes websites.

Degree shows season 2014

The UAL summer shows season begins this month. With degree show exhibitions at all six Colleges from now until the autumn, we’re 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


Half term Family Community Day


Thursday 29 May 1.00–4.00pm
Platform Foyer Bar at Central Saint Martins

Are you a student or staff member with children or other caring responsibilities?

We invite parents and carers to bring their children to this family-friendly networking event, taking place during half term.

This is a chance to meet others at UAL, share experiences, and discuss how we can improve support for carers at UAL. We will also host creative workshops for the children.

Since the UAL nursery closed in 2010, staff and student carers have been almost invisible across the colleges. There are a number of issues faced, which include: restrictions on access to buildings for those with children; a lack of spaces to breastfeed; timetabling that interferes with nursery/school hours; means-tested bursaries that don’t take caring costs into account; individuals being denied Carers’ Allowance; and lack of appropriate student housing.

These are just some of the reasons we need to get together and work out some solutions (while having a cup of tea and a chance to get messy, of course). Come along and bring the family!

RSVP by email to

Shelly Asquith
SUARTS President

Survey and chance to win two-person photo-shoot, with champagne, at a central London Studio

Please help in the name of research!

Follow this link and take the survey…

We will ask a few questions related to a new product that will combine scent, luxury fashion brands and discreet wearable technology. It is for the purposes of market research and will take around 10-15 minutes.

 All of your information will remain confidential.
On completing this survey you will be entered to win a two-person photo-shoot, with champagne, at a central London Studio (with a value of £490). Details of the venue can be found here:

Bring your musical and design talents to the Staff Summer Party

Are you in a band?

Would you like to share your musical talent with your colleagues at the Staff Summer Party on 26 June? We invite those of you who are musically inclined to be part of the line-up of entertainment!

If you’d like to get involved, email with the subject ‘SUMMER PARTY BAND’ providing the following information:

  • What are you called? (stage name!)
  • What kind of music do you play? Rock, Soul, Country, etc…
  • How many are in your band?
  • What equipment do you require?
  • Do you take requests or do covers?
  • Where are you based (college/service) and are the members of your group also staff? If so, where are they based?
  • Anything else you would like to tell us about your music?

Please send as much information as you can. If you already have an album deal, please do send us a copy!

Do you like to DJ?

We will have a number of DIY DJ slots at the Staff Summer Party on 26 June, and we invite you to bring along 3-5 of your best-loved 45s (7-inch vinyl only, no CDs).

DJ slots are limited. To book a slot, email with the subject ‘DJ SUMMER PARTY’ and your set list (5-10 tracks). Anything goes – Ska, Northern Soul, Hip-Hop, Disco, House, 80′s Pop, Rock or Folk!

Help us dress up the venue!

We would love to see a reflection of the creativity and diversity of the staff community at UAL. Using Staff Summer Party bunting template (PDF), please send us a piece of bunting along the theme of Summer Garden Party to add to the decor. You can use any sort of fabric or paper with either ready-made or your own designs!

Please send your bunting by 23 June to:

Kyra Bown
College Management Office
4th floor, Granary Building CSM


Sian Harris
Events Team, Marketing and Student Recruitment
5th floor, High Holborn


Damali Bah
Central Administration Office
5th floor, LCC

The best designs will be announced at the party! Buy tickets now.

Special ticket offer for useful + beautiful at Geffrye Museum

Credenza by JiB design studiouseful + beautiful showcases innovation and creativity in domestic design from London and beyond, highlighting how designers respond to issues such as efficiency, sustainability, durability, usefulness and beauty. It will give a glimpse of what’s new and what we might expect to have in our homes in the future.

Useful + beautiful brings together recent work by both fresh new talents and well-established industry figures such as Jasper Morrison, Tord Boontje, Barber Osgerby, Doshi Levien and Tomoko Azumi. A broad range of domestic products, from furniture to wallpaper, lighting to homewares will be on show, spilling out into the museum’s gardens with a display of inventive garden furniture design. An element of interactivity will run throughout the show, and visitors will have the opportunity to try out some of the objects for themselves.

Show your UAL staff or student card at the Geffrye on the day of your visit to buy two full price tickets for the price of one.

Read more about useful + beautiful

Rising chair by Robert van Embricqs

London College of Communication Graduate School

Martin Parr: New Brighton, Merseyside, from 'The Last Resort', 1983-6
The London College of Communication Graduate School brings together a vibrant community of postgraduate students, alumni and staff across the School of Design and the School of Media. Throughout May we’re celebrating the launch of the London College of Communication Graduate School with a festival of exhibitions and events that will foster collaboration, stimulate discussion and spark debate. LCC have partnered with key researchers, academics and leading industry practitioners to showcase the work of staff and students and the richness and depth of postgraduate activity at the College.

Event highlights include Martin Parr in Conversation with Paul Lowe; Industry Round Tables with experts across design and media including Louise Ang, Head of Production at Macmillan, Alec Bec and Will Hudson from It’s Nice That and internationally renowned photographer and artist Tom Hunter; and exhibitions from MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography online, MA Interactive Media, Photography and the Archive Research Centre and the Graphics Subculture research hub.

For more information, visit or contact Holly McConnell, Graduate School Coordinator at

Turner Prize 2014 nominations

James Richards Rosebud 2013 HD video still, 13 minutes Image courtesy the artist; Cabinet, London; and Rodeo, Istanbul © James Richards

“The Chelsea BA Fine Art course staff are delighted to hear about James Richards’ Turner Prize 2014 nomination. It’s fantastic that an artist who graduated from the course so recently has been acknowledged in this way. James is a really fascinating artist-filmmaker whose work is genuinely innovative.” So comments Chelsea’s Programme Director BA Fine Art, Martin Newth, on the news that Chelsea alumnus James Richards has been nominated for the 2014 Turner Prize.

A graduate of BA Fine Art, Richards was announced as one of the four nominees for this year’s most prestigious art prize. The Turner Prize shortlist is selected by a starry judging panel, chaired by Tate Britain director, Penelope Curtis. The Independent report that “Richards specialises in “lyrical, non-narrative film” using film archives and still images. His editing style was described as being “much more in common with musical composition than narrative cinema””. The Guardian observe that Richards “is shortlisted for his show in Venice in which he “created poetic meditations on the pleasure, sensuality and the voyeurism that is within the act of looking””.

UAL Pro Vice-Chancellor and Head of CCW Chris Wainwright was interviewed by the BBC as the names were announced, commenting that: “All of the artists to varying degrees are very hard to categorise. There are four artists here who are not household names as far as the traditional art establishment goes.”

Speaking about the proliferation of work which draws on internet, sound and video material, Chris says: “If you go back through history you can see all kinds of innovation and materials that artists have employed. Artists are using new means of working. That’s a strong message that will engender some outrage but there’s nothing new with that. It’s to be expected.”


The Turner Prize award is £40,000 with £25,000 going to the winner and £5,000 each for the other shortlisted artists. The Prize, established in 1984, is awarded to a British artist under 50 for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the twelve months preceding 17 April 2014 and is intended to promote public discussion of new developments in contemporary British art. All the nominees will be exhibiting at Tate Britain, with the winner announced on 1 December.

 Read more on the Chelsea blog

Read more on the Tate website

The Top Ten: Ten of the best from MiAL

Since 2012, Made in Arts London (MiAL) has been working with the most exciting new artists, designers and makers from UAL, discovering new talent, showcasing their work and selling direct to the public. Here, MiAL manager, Claire Flannery, reveals her favourite ten pieces from the last three years, admitting “it has been an impossible task to not include so many more, as they are all so inspiring and have such bright futures ahead of them.”

1. Sarah Fortais, CSM, MA Fine Art, 2013
“Sarah Fortais has a fascinating background. Originally from Ontario, Canada, she studied for two years to become a plastic surgeon. However, in 2010 she changed her mind and in 2011 began her MA in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins. She is now  working on her PhD studies.

“Sarah’s work features performance, installation, taxidermy, prints and design. She likes to take objects apart, as she believes that insides of things are beautiful. She also doesn’t think it’s fair for people to come to the gallery and just watch her have fun, so she tries to give people the experience that she would most enjoy, meaning that a lot of her work interacts with the viewer in some way.”

Sarah Fortais single grande Image Credit: Mounted in Plexiglass with Archival Dibond Backing Single Edition Prints, 122 x 15.2 cm

2. Egle Jauncems, Chelsea, MA Textile Design
“Born in Lithuania and having studied music, it was while studying in Taipei that Egle started secretly attending drawing and embroidery classes with Buddhist monks. She also started her extended journeys to China, where she spent a month learning ancient textile crafts and techniques. These great experiences, and confidence, encouraged her to move back to Europe and devote her life to art. Egle’s tapestries have a richness to them that create a unique encounter between the artwork and the individual.”

Egle  Jauncems the horizon 72

3. Conall McAteer, CSM, BA (Hons) Fine Art 2012
“Conall is an exciting artist whose practice is formally diverse. Predominantly engaging with the role of the artist in a post-internet age, Conall’s work introduces the audience to a new take on familiar and less well considered aspects of everyday experience and culture. His scarves, the original-fakes, and wall of QR codes are perfect examples of this.”

Conall McAteer The Price of Everything 2013

4. Annalaura Masciavè, LCC, MA Publishing 2013
“Annalaura had not considered her photos to be of value until approached by MiAL. When she submitted to the panel, her work was selected with little discussion needed and her work, titled Riccardo, has been one of the most popular artworks we sell. Annalaura’s photograph is a portrait from Life will tear us apart, her photography project about the people she has known in the last two years between Rome and London. Riccardo is an 11 year old boy from Rome seeing the snow for the first time in 2011, when the picture was taken.”

Annalaura Masciave ‘Riccardo’, 2013, Fine Art inkjet print on photo rag paper (308gsm), 40 x 30cm, Limited edition of 11

5. Katy Binks, Camberwell, MA Printmaking 2013
“During her time at UAL, Katy’s work has developed to include more colours and vibrancy. In her own words, her work has become “bigger, brighter, bolder”. She has also begun to develop her work into installation, and has branched out to collaborate with other artists and creatives.

“In the future Katy intends to work on larger installation pieces to take into a gallery context, and also to branch out and work in cultural, commercial and more unexpected settings. She would especially like to work on projects that take part outdoors and in urban environments.”

Katy Binks B W Gradient ‘B+W Gradient’, 2013, Limited Edition Print, Edition of 10, Screen print on 300gsm Paper, 39.5 x 56 cm

6. Frederik Andersson, Camberwell, BA (Hons) Illustration 
“We are very lucky to have Fredrik, he had initially planned to study illustration in Sweden, but luckily for us he came on holiday to London and just loved the place. Finding the city to be full of inspiration and places he’d never seen before, he actually stumbled upon Camberwell College of Arts when out walking with a friend. He asked around and only heard good things about it and so here he is today. Fredrik loves working with his hands, and finds screen-printing has a slick feel that is able to recreate his line work in perfect detail and allows him to create small differences in every piece that makes them special in their own way. Something you lose when using a digital printer.”

Frederik Andersson  ‘Infinite Beard 3’, 2013, Screen Print, framed or unframed, 42 x 59 cm (A2)

7. Laura Aldous, LCC, BA (Hons) Surface Design 2014
“Much of Laura’s inspiration comes from the world around her, in particular what she sees while sat on buses in south London. “I am inspired by the repetition in everyday surroundings, windows in buildings, geometry in architecture, and the way light interacts with these surfaces.” Although primarily creating pieces to be worn on the body, Laura cites the architecture she experiences everyday as a major influence behind these designs, particularly tower blocks by Modernist architects such as Ernö Goldfinger, which she can see from the windows in the print room where she works.”

Laura Aldous Necklace Gold

8. Esther Ellard, CSM, BA (Hons) Graphic Design 2013
“Esther’s striking tape pieces caused MiAL to collaborate with her for the October exhibition, Process in Exile, where she created an in-house installation, as well as designs for the poster and press release. Esther’s designs and artworks are original and inspiring.”

Esther Ellard Tape 004 Tape , Mixed Media original collage, Mixed Media on Paper, 21 x 29.7cm (unframed)

9. Monica Alcazar-Duarte, LCC, MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography 2014

“Monica completed her first degree at CSM to gain a deeper understanding of her practice from a fine arts perspective. She then completed an MA in Documentary Photography at LCC to apply her passion in producing work around social issues, giving her photography a multidisciplinary approach. Monica is inspired by the work of choreographer Pina Bausch and musician Philip Glass; these practitioners influence the narrative and structure behind her photography. Her series Your Photographs Could Be Used By Drug Dealers tests the charged image of Mexico offered by the media and popular culture. As a Mexican herself, she is well aware of the richness and complexity of Mexican culture and contemporary life, and this project offers a small glimpse of this.”

© Monica Alcazar-Duarte ‘Your Photographs Could be used by Drug Dealers’, 2014, Documentary Photography Book, Limited Edition, 30 copies

10. Mette Sterre, CSM, MA Performance Design and Practice 2014
“Mette Sterre is a visual artist who focuses on sculptural, costume-based performances and lens-based media. Her work deals with the grotesque: the world of topsy-turvy, the uncanny and the paradox. Inspired by the repetitive patterns in nature, sociology and cultural history in the field of horror movies, she’s currently focusing on the grotesque body. Mette will exhibit and perform in MiAL’s upcoming exhibition Fake Nature in Dalston’s Point Zero Gallery later this month.”

Mette Sterre Untitled

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