Student-Staff Collaboration fund projects announced! Internet radio, planting schemes, live streamed Oscars & more

The  first Student-Staff Collaboration Fund call received 45 applications from across all colleges (CCW 10, LCC 8, CSM 17, LCF 8, Central Services 2). On Wednesday 25th November a panel of students and staff came together to discuss all 45 applications based on the following criteria:

  1. The extent to which the project will result in a positive impact on the student experience.
  2. The extent to which students and staff will work together during the collaboration.
  3. The extent to which the project will be of interest to the wider university.
  4. The relevance of the project to the wider community.

Alongside the above criteria all applications needed to evidence genuine collaboration between students and staff in forming and developing the project. With a limit of £2,000 per project, the panel decided to fund 11 projects, which range in funding amount from £700 to £2,000. Project summaries can be found below.

Project 1: Wimbledon in Bloom (awarded £700) CCW – Wimbledon

The project will give staff and students the chance to plant and grow seedlings and plants in planters and beds around the site. The project will culminate with a competition called ‘Wimbledon In Bloom.’

Project 2: Draw Peckham (awarded £2000) CCW – Camberwell

Draw Peckham is a site-specific, social engagement project based in and themed upon Peckham, through the practice of drawing. Students and staff will collaborate to design and deliver workshops and collaborate with local community groups to both document the project and provide a snapshot of Peckham. This will be facilitated through the creation of a mobile workshop/exhibition space. Works produced during the workshops will be collated in a publication.

Project 3: Speaking of Practice (awarded £2000) CSM & CCW

This project will initiate two ‘Long Table’ discussion events (led by PhD students) and invite contributions from practice based/led research students and staff both within and external to UAL. The project will open up the personal and professional experience of negotiating practice as research through discussion and debate.

Project 4: Oscar Night 2016 (awarded £1300) CCW – Wimbledon

Wimbledon College will host a live streaming of the Oscars Ceremony in the WCA theatre on the big screen. This will accompany a panel discussion base on the Oscar nominations and winners as the evening unfolds. The event is open to all Wimbledon college staff and students.

Project 5: Diversity Matters: HerStories (awarded £2000) LCC

A team of students will interview a range of female teaching, managerial and support staff from BAME backgrounds to highlight their experiences as an inspiring, yet marginalised group, pushing for diversity within UAL. Outcomes will include a book(let), photo exhibition, panel discussions and a film/documentary about the project process to be published in Women’s History Month (March 2016).

Project 6: Pop-Up Digital Making Space (awarded £2000) CCW

The project will explore, share and build on knowledge and experience of emergent digital practice and its relationship to disciplines. It will develop a community who can work together with shared interest in the development of open workshops, demos, hacks, showcase events and Jam activities, supporting learning and teaching by ‘popping up’ in any location across CCW.

Project 7: Arts:Live (awarded £2000) LCC

Arts:Live will set up a high quality, democratised, and highly entertaining student-run Internet radio station, assisted and facilitated by both UAL and SUArts.

Project 8: The Butterfly Project: Women and the Dark Side of Circus (awarded £2000) CSM

A collaborative performance for the unseen spaces of The Royal Albert Hall based on the theme of the travelling circus. This project is in collaboration with The Royal Albert Hall Widening Participation Initiative working with four courses across three levels in Performance Design and Practice, Character Animation, Culture Criticism and Curation, Acting (Foundation).

Project 9: Digital Coffee (awarded £2000) LCF

This project will develop a community for students and staff who are working with or are interested in tech and digital innovation. It will be a live forum for exploring new types of digital interaction in various art forms, including – but not limited to – fashion. The activities will be informal and invite brainstorming and discussion through ‘Digital’ coffee mornings.

Project 10: Terrace Garden of Delights (awarded £2000) CSM

The development and installation of a permaculture growing space on the outdoor terrace on the 3rd floor at CSM. This will involve the co-designing, constructing, installing and planting of growing structures for the large terrace space.

Project 11: KEY: practices-ideas-debates-moments-questions-words (awarded £2000) CCW – Chelsea

The project will be a series of four events curated and organised by the Graduate Diploma in Fine Art students, with sessions centred around topics that the students find key to their practice and experiences on a Fine Art course so far.

For more information about the Staff-Student Collaboration fund, contact Ben Atkins, Student Engagement and Enhancement Projects Officer: b.atkins@arts.ac.uk

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