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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.*
Left to right: Dr Mark Ingham; Elizabeth Staddon, TLE; Dr Katrine Hjelde; Elizabeth Peebles; Kelly Chorpening; Martin Newth & Prof Susan Orr, Dean of Learning Teaching and Enhancement.
The Teaching and Learning Exchange (TLE) is delighted to announce our fifth group of UAL Teaching Scholars, along with three new Senior Teaching Scholars. Recipients received their awards from UAL Deputy Vice-Chancellor Simon Ofield-Kerr at the annual UAL Learning and Teaching Conference, held this year on 21 March at LCC.
L-R: Dr Mark Ingham, Dr Katrine Hjelde, Elizabeth Staddon, Prof Susan Orr, Martin Newth.
Dr Katrine Hjelde and Martin Newth were among those appointed UAL Teaching Scholars in 2017. Having both successfully completed their projects and attained professional recognition as Senior Fellows of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA), they have now graduated to become permanent UAL Senior Teaching Scholars alongside Dr Mark Ingham of London College of Communication.
On Tuesday 19 March, Erasmus Staff Week 2019 kicked off at UAL. We were pleased to participate in the first day’s events with representatives from institutions in Spain, Finland, Germany, Denmark, Netherlands, Iceland, Italy, Belgium, Canada, Austria and Palestine.
The current UAL Assessment Criteria are over nine years old. Following consultation, research and analysis of feedback from our staff and students, we are now updating the criteria to ensure they are fit for purpose. This is part of our project to enhance assessment to support student learning and attainment.
CoLAB Group photo (courtesy Clermont Auvergne University)
coLAB is a European Union and Council of Europe funded collaboration to promote inclusive practices in European academic institutions and to enhance understanding and respect towards refugees. At London College of Communication (LCC) coLAB offers teaching opportunities to refugees with expertise in Broadcasting, PR, Research and Journalism: seven participants are taking part this year.
In mid-January 2019 Siobhan Clay, Educational Developer in the Exchange, and Sophie Williams-Brown, International Development Officer at LCC, visited Clermont Auvergne University (UCA) to represent LCC in a coLAB project meeting.