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Celebrating 70 years of the Design Council

As part of their 70th anniversary celebrations this year, the Design Council asked me a few questions about the changes that have taken place in the British design industry over the past 70 years, and why design continues to be … Continue reading

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New UAL Chancellor Grayson Perry on Channel 4 News

Last week Channel 4 News visited Chelsea College of Arts to interview our new Chancellor Grayson Perry at the Chelsea postgraduate summer show (pictured below with Channel 4 News presenter Cathy Newman). As I said when Grayson’s appointment as Chancellor was … Continue reading

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My response to recent higher education policy proposals in Design Week

This week I was asked by Design Week to comment on recent higher education policy proposals put forward by Universities Minister, Jo Johnson. I am concerned what effect these proposals will have on students as we cannot expect them to … Continue reading

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Quote in Guardian Higher Education Network on arts cuts

I was asked to contribute to a piece on the Guardian Higher Education Network about how further cuts to arts education funding by the government will stifle the next generation of creative talent. “Creativity has a big economic impact and … Continue reading

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Blog post for Universities UK on the importance of staying in the EU

I’ve written a blog post for Universities UK, the national body for higher education institutions in the UK, on the negative impact leaving the EU would have on the cultural diversity of higher education in this country. “Even in the … Continue reading

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Quote in Guardian article about university expansion

I gave a quote to the Guardian Higher Education Network regarding the results of of a recent Guardian survey that reveals almost half of English universities plan to expand their student intake over the next five years, with some setting … Continue reading

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Latest Huffington Post UK blog on Labour’s plan for tuition fees

I have updated my Huffington Post UK blog today with an entry outlining my thoughts on Labour’s plans to lower tutition fees to £6,000 a year. “Ed Miliband has faced down internal and external criticism for his proposal to cut undergraduate … Continue reading

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Speaking at APPG on Art, Craft and Design in Education

Yesterday I appeared before the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Art, Craft & Design in Education. The session was entitled ‘Creativity is a marketable skill’. My main points were that creativity is a marketable skill and needs to be … Continue reading

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What I’d like to see the next government do to help the design industry

I was asked by Design Week – ‘What’s the first thing you’d like to see the next government do to help the design industry?” “Government needs to see creative subjects as more than just a skill-set. Creativity is a way … Continue reading

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My latest Huffington Post UK blog on student visas

As international students are so important to us at UAL, I have written a new post on my Huffington Post UK blog asking why student work-study visas do not form part of the simpler, more sensible visa system promised by Home … Continue reading

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