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Starting the new academic year with a fresh outlook: Creative Mindsets update

By Joel Simpson, Visiting Practitioner in the Exchange’s Attainment team.

Creative Mindsets is up and running for the new academic year, with over 1,000 London College of Communication students and 500 London College of Fashion students participating in Growth Mindsets sessions (run by the Exchange Attainment team) during their Big Welcome weeks.

Creative Mindsets is a research-based project that works with students and staff to explore growth mindset strategies to overcome barriers to teaching and learning – particularly prejudice, bias and stereotyping. A growth mindset is the belief that ability can be developed through effort and by embracing challenge (Dweck, 2000), it can be taken on to tackle stereotype threat (Steele & Aronson, 1995) and micro-aggressive obstacles to community-building and creative development.

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What are the best conditions for running ambitious live projects?

An appreciative inquiry facilitated workshop

Shibboleth Shechter, Senior Lecturer Interior and Spatial Design at Chelsea, and Elizabeth Staddon, Head of Arts Education in the Exchange, paired up to facilitate a workshop on live projects at the recent Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Staff Development week.

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Decolonising the Arts Curriculum: Personal Narratives

Exhibition at Central St Martins Library – 7 display cabinets on floors 2 and 3 of the library 

Until 30th September 2019 

Adding to the current display of posters on display at CSM library as part of the wider Decolonising the Arts Curriculum Zine project, this exhibition presents the work of 5 artists and practitioners, all staff, students or alumni of UAL. The artists currently displaying their work are Maria Bendixen, Dr Jo Shah, Tobi Alexandra Falade, Joanna Mamede &  Ana Luiza Rodrigues and Siyan Zhang.

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Fredrik Tjærandsen’s Fashion bubble: what’s next?

Intellectual Property Case study

A month ago Fredrik Tjaerandsen, CSM Womenswear student, was preparing for his final degree show as winner of the L’Oreal Professional Young Talent Award. The Bubbles subsequently went viral on social media.

Whilst we will always celebrate the successes of our students, widespread exposure and acclaim bring their own challenges for both the students and the staff who support them.

Read on to learn more ​about some of the key considerations Roxanne Peters, Intellectual Property Lecturer at UAL, ​highlights to Fredrik as he moves his embryonic career to the next leve​l.

Header image: “Butterfly” Fredrik Tjærandsen, image credit Niall McInerney

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Process is a Beautiful Thing

Collaborative Project and Exhibition at Lime Grove (until 19 June)

“Behind every design image is the back story, one we never normally see.  The resarch, concept development and testing of new approaches, forms and processes goes on invisibly, unseen by the fashion consumer – yet these stages are vital to the evolution of new ideas.  This exhibition sets out to reveal some of the processes that take place behind images making and fashion design.  Presenting work produced collaboratively from the School of Media and Communication and the School of Design Technology,  the elements normally consigned to the cutting room floor or hidden in sketchbooks are displayed, alongside the final fashion outputs, in all of their glory.”

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Exploring digital and virtual spaces at LCC’s Teaching and Learning Conference

London College of Communication (LCC) held their Teaching and Learning Conference on the first of May with the theme of ‘Collaborative Learning Practices’.  LCC’s and the Exchange’s digital learning teams worked together to facilitate sessions on collaboration in digital and virtual spaces.

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Modual Catalyst: UAL staff pitching their ideas [part two]

Read the first post about Modual Catalyst for a refresher about the beginning of our process.

The second half of Modual Catalyst consisted of two days (24-25 April) where all the teams came back together at the Design Museum to work on their videos, posters and finalising their ideas to prepare for the pitch day that occurred on 1 May.

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Universities UK (UUK) and the NUS release major new study of BAME student attainment at UK Universities

Findings and recommendations from students and staff to address attainment differential outcomes #CLOSINGTHEGAP

A major new study into the inequalities that black, Asian and minority ethnic students face at UK Universities has just been published, featuring significant contributions from UAL staff, students and Arts SU.

The research was led by Baroness Valerie Amos, Director of SOAS, University of London and Amatey Doku, Vice-President for Higher Education from the National Union of Students.

Read the full report and recommendations

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