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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katie: how not to suck on the internet

Katie Harrison UAL

Today I met Katie, she’s a UAL grad and now works at Wieden & Kennedy. She also teaches part time on the CSM Illustration course. She’s helping illustrators understand the internet and it’s possibilities for their future careers.

Here is the description of the course, “As technology evolves the way we communicate, illustrators, designers and filmmakers have to find their place. The tools are in your hands to talk to the world. So what are you going to say, and how are you going to get people to listen? “How not to suck on the Internet” will give you the knowledge to answer these questions.”

Good stuff.

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first meeting: digital think tank

UAL Digital Think Tank


As regular readers will know, in my role as a governor I’ve been helping UAL to be more digital and working out what that means for them. We’ve just held the first meeting of the UAL DIgital Think Tank. It’s a group of people convened to look at the overall approach to digital at UAL.

It’s a small group, moving quickly and will report back in July. It’s the first step in a long journey. More news here as it happens, but meanwhile here’s more detail from Nigel Carrington the Vice Chancellor.



Ben Terrett will chair a Digital Thinktank which considers our overall approach to Digital in the contexts of publishing; digital services; and learning and teaching.

The Digital Thinktank will comprise a core Steering Group of Ben Terrett, Jim Nottingham, Edward Venning, Frances Corner and Fred Deakin. Kerry Sullivan will act as Secretary of the Thinktank and provide logistical support to the Steering Group.

The steering group will scope the project and ensure delivery.

The Steering Group will meet as soon as possible to scope a timetable and methodology for the gathering and review of data and an agreed programme of deliverables to be launched in September 2015. The deliverables will consist of short actionable projects (including a UAL-wide coding club) which will be designed to test ideas with a view to developing a broad digital strategy for UAL over the course of the coming academic year.

The Thinktank will include the Steering Group plus, initially, Marcus Saunders (LCF), Ben Stopher (LCC), Rebecca Ross (CSM), Chris Fellows (CCW), David White (CLTAD), Dani Salvadori (Enterprise) and Helen Anderson (Recruitment). This initial Group will identify other potential staff members and student members.

The Thinktank will operate in an open and transparent manner (including via a blog) and members of the Thinktank will engage with end users – students and colleagues across the University.

The Steering Group will report to Executive Board on its proposed deliverables no later than September 2015. The drafting of the report of the Thinktank will be led by Ben Terrett, Jim Nottingham and Edward Venning with assistance from Kerry Sullivan.

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students: meet governors

UAL Governors meeting studentsLast night I met some students with three of my fellow governors, Andrea, Diana and Sim.

As governors we felt that we didn’t fully understand the students perspective because we rarely get to meet them. So we organised an inform get together in the CSM bar. The students were great and told us lots about their experience of UAL, good and bad.

It was really valuable for us and we’ll definitely do it again. I’ll try and post more info here when I have it.

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savage: beauty

McQueen Savage Beauty at the V&A

I saw the Alexander McQueen exhibition at the V&A the other day.

He was a CSM, UAL grad taught by the brilliant Louise Wilson. Which reminded me of the incredible heritage this university has.

I wrote more on my other blog.

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lcc: digital design lunch

UAL: LCC digital design lunch

I popped to LCC today, where they had organised a small lunchtime thing for to see what they are doing in the School of Design. Fred Deakin and others were there together with some students. It’s good to have students at these things. Governors don’t get to meet students enough.

The School of Design are doing lots of good stuff and there’s more planned. There’s a new course in Information and Interface Design which Ben Stopher described well. Good to hear it moves beyond teaching students to design web pages and instead teaches the principles of interaction and how to work with code as a material. “Traditional design acumen with an understanding of modern technology”, was the phrase used.


Students and staff expressed a frustration at how industry changes quicker than the college can adapt.  We discussed ways to make that easier and more flexible.

Students expressed frustration with the digital tools they’re given, Moodle etc. I’ve heard that before.

An interesting session.


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