Author Archives: Teaching and Learning Exchange

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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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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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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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“Wellbeing is something we need to do together”

Quote from Elizabeth Staddon, Head of Arts Education, Teaching and Learning Exchange, UAL

Last month, LCC hosted the annual UAL Learning and Teaching conference, this year focusing on the emerging field of ‘Teaching, Learning and Wellbeing’ (21 March 2019).  Curated by the Teaching and Learning Exchange, the one-day event shared a proliferation of activity from across the university.

The event responded to wider issues and increasing anxiety about well-being in society, and of students and staff within Higher Education, which in recent months has been dominating the national and international media. For those who were unable to join, here is a brief overview of thoughts, reflections and questions presented.

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By students for students – the Learning at UAL zine project

How can we improve the student experience?
The Academic Enhancement Model has been supporting staff to engage intensively with this key question. Whilst collaboration with staff on this issue is vital, we also cannot underestimate the importance of the student voice when co-creating meaningful solutions.

To capture the student perspective, the Learning at UAL zine project set out to do something never done at UAL before: to create visually engaging learning resources developed and designed by students, for students. Over 120 students applied to take part, with 31 eventually working on the project in four college teams.

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Eliminating Inequalities: Staff and students working in partnership to tackle differential outcomes

Changing Mindsets Project Consortium Symposium, Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE), February 2019

Vikki Hill, Educational Developer – Attainment (Identity and Cultural Experience), UAL

This symposium featured presentations of emerging findings from the quantitative and qualitative data collected so far across the project partnership, as well as presentations focused on the different approaches each of the four partner institutions has taken to enabling staff and students to work in partnership to tackle inequalities. A student panel discussion explored the question: “What should “working in partnership” look like in practice?” from the students’ perspectives.* 

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