Why is the College moving?

Contributing to the Olympic legacy for London and the world, LCF will be part of the development of a cultural and university quarter where we will be working alongside world leading partners including the Victoria and Albert Museum, Sadler’s Wells and UCL. The College has been collaborating with these partners for a few years but this move means lots more opportunity to work together – things like joint research and PhD programmes, joint exhibitions, easier access for our students to the work of our partners.

What opportunities will the move bring?

Contributing to the Olympic legacy for London and the world, LCF will be part of the development of a cultural and university quarter where we will be working alongside world leading partners including the Victoria and Albert Museum, Sadler’s Wells and UCL. The College has been collaborating with these partners for a few years but this move means lots more opportunity to work together – things like joint research and PhD programmes, joint exhibitions, easier access for our students to the work of our partners.

Have you talked to students and staff to find out what they want?

Yes. The College commissioned some research into the future of teaching and learning. This research then informed a series of individual interviews and

workshops with our staff, students, prospective students, alumni and industry.

The themes that emerged around what people wanted to prioritise were:

  • Personalisation
  • Flexibility
  • Visibility
  • Collaboration
  • Sustainability
  • Externality
  • Community and Social

Is the building design taking into account new teaching technologies – how?

Yes. The IT infrastructure is going to take into account new technologies. We have a dedicated working group set up to explore new technologies and to bring these learnings back to the College as we lead up to the move. This group is working with our Digital Anthropology Lab, who are experimenting with how digital technologies might shape the human experience of the future. The team research new processes and explore best practice in other organisations. Working with technology partners, they then bring this knowledge back into the College to consider how we might work with new approaches to our teaching and learning.

The next stage is testing these new processes, and this will be carried out at an ‘Exemplar’ learning space in our Mare Street site that will be open from Autumn 2016. This space is being designed as an interactive display area, to give everybody access to new tools and technologies, to be able to try them out and to measure what kind of effect there might be on how we interact with students in our learning spaces.

What about sustainability?

Sustainability is a major principle in our approach to the building design, as is green space. It was also a major theme in the work we recently did with Shift Learning, as part of not only the building but teaching and learning practices.

When will the actual moving take place? Will it be over the summer?

We will be moving in to our new home over the summer of 2021 and ready to begin the academic year in Stratford from September 2021.

In order to maintain a smooth transition we are looking at moving any students who we will be teaching over the summer of 2021 into some temporary accommodation, whilst we pack up our existing sites and before we move into the new one. Lessons will be at the new site from September 2021.

What about students who are moving part way through the course?

We will actively work to ensure the quality of the entire student journey does not suffer. There are also distinct advantages to studying with LCF whilst we go through this process, as we are building new relationships with multiple partners and community groups in the area. We are also showcasing student work to potential partners and in ‘Public Engagement Exhibitions’ at the site leading up to the move.

Will there be more opportunity to work with partners and other Colleges?

Absolutely. We are already working with our site partners as well as wider groups in east London and piloting new ways of working together.

Who can I contact with questions about the move?

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