sunday times: university guide 2017

UAL in the Sunday Times University Guide 2017

Always best to take these things with a pinch of salt. Storing this here for my own reference really.

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black blossoms: exhibtion

Black Blossoms

Black Blossoms

Black Blossoms

Black Blossoms

Last night I went to the Black Blossoms exhibition at the UAL Holborn site. It was organised by Bee Tajudeen who used to be the UAL Student Governor.

The official blurb says, “The Black Blossoms Exhibition celebrates and highlights the voices of Black Women, a group which is often invisible, silenced and oppressed in society. Through film, photography and illustration recent UAL graduates have explored the intersections of gender, race and identity. This exhibition challenges and deconstructs stereotypes in order to re-establish an authentic and inclusive narrative of Black Womanhood.”

It was good to meet some of the artists last night. It was also good to talk to some current students who had lots of questions about what a governor does 🙂

The exhibition is on until 2nd October. You should go along.

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discovering the post-digital art school: fred deakin’s report

Free Deakin's digital in art schools report

Last night I attended the launch of Fred Deakin’s report Discovering the Post-Digital Art School. It’s available here as a PDF. (Fred, it should be in html somewhere 🙂 )

I’ve written before about Fred’s Collabology project, it’s a great way to use digital in an art school. It points a way forward that is more interesting and more likely to succeed than the current conversations about MOOCs in education. The picture above shows the designer of the report Skyping into the launch from China. This type of interaction is central to Fred’s workshops.

It is a good report.

In particular, there are three recommendations I strongly agree with:

1. Embrace agile practices (e.g. sprints and rapid prototyping) to develop a new pedagogy.

2. Publish openly online wherever possible.

3. Partner with students to develop new pedagogy and services.

We should do all of those, straight away.

 

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#LCFBA16

LCF summer shows #lcfba16

I haven’t blogged here for a while, which is a shame. Although I don’t think anyone reads it 🙂

Last Thursday night I managed to get to the LCF BA final show. Fantastic work and inspiring atmosphere as always. If you couldn’t make it the live stream looked good and the Instagram feed had good coverage.

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This time of year is Summer Show season and there are shows in every UAL college. As a governor I try and go to as many as I can. There’s a good list of dates and times here. I’ll try and get to LCC and Chelsea next.

LCF summer shows #lcfba16

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ual: next up 15

UAL Next Up 15 Event

This morning I spoke at Next Up 15 an event for UAL 3rd year students. Hello to any students reading this because of the event.

The event was great because it was attended by people from all of 6 of the UAL colleges. More of that please.

Some great speakers too, I shared a panel with Craig Oldham, Rejane Dal Bello and Lynda Relph Knight.

UAL Next Up 15 Event

Follow what happened on the hashtag #ualnextup15

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del: 2015

A few weeks ago I spoke at the DeL 2015: Technology Culture Practice held at CSM. Before the conference I tweeted that my first slide would be “stop calling it e-learning”.

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That seemed to work. There’s a good write up here.

 

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congratulations: graduands!

UAL CSM graduation

I went to the CSM graduation at the Royal Festival Hall this morning. As a governor you get to wear a gown, a funny hat and you sit on the stage behind the Vice Chancellor and Heads of College and people like that.

You also get to clap all the graduands on and off the stage. Talented people with exciting futures ahead of them. There was a great atmosphere. It was an inspiring morning.

UAL CSM graduation

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summer: shows

What value can governors add, I hear you ask. We can provide social media endorsement for Pro Vice Chancellors and their colleges, I reply 😉

 

I visited the CSM show yesterday. There is some fantastic work on display. I liked this poster by Timothy Tyndale Brockbank which has been reblogged a zillion times since last night.

CSM show

But there’s loads of other stuff too. All of the colleges have a show on this Saturday. So let’s make Saturday Visit A UAL Show Day. I’ll be visiting a few with the kids. Full list of shows here.

CSM show

CSM show

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visit: chelsea

Only Wimbledon to go now 🙂

UAL: Chelsea College of Art

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csm: ba fashion show

UAL: CSM Fashion Show - Jim Chen Hstang Hu
Womenswear by Jim Chen Hstang Hu

I was at CSM this evening for the renowned Fashion Show. I’ve never been to a fashion show before, luckily Grayson told me what to expect – the weird and wonderful and that’s just the music

The show was fantastic.

UAL: CSM Fashion Show - Han Kim
Print by Han Kim

 

Grayson even managed to tweet a few future trends.
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