HE policy

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Thinking big. Megacities and education in 21st Century urbanism

Last week I spoke at the British Council’s ‘Megacities: education in 21st century urbanism’ roundtable event. In the last forty years the world has seen cities grow in size and autonomy with only three megacities in 1976 soaring to more … Continue reading

Nothing to learn from the Culture White Paper

Following the launch of Ed Vaizey’s Culture White Paper last month, I have written a Huff Post Politics blog on the absence of arts education in the White Paper. Below is an excerpt from the piece, which you can read … Continue reading

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

Letter to the Guardian

I wrote a letter in the Guardian today responding to Theresa May’s proposal to kick foreign students out of the UK once they have finished their studies. Numerous UAL international graduates go on to be pioneers and world-leaders in the … Continue reading

Lessons for Government from latest creative industries report

Latest Government figures paint a powerful picture of the UK’s creative industries, which in 2012 out-performed all other sectors of the economy. They are now worth £71.4 billion a year and employ 1.68 million people – 5.6% of the workforce. … Continue reading

Undergraduate recruitment, clearing and lessons to learn

August is always a busy and important period in universities, and for staff focused on admissions that was truer than ever this year. As I said in my last all staff briefing, student recruitment is now the biggest challenge UAL … Continue reading

Vince Cable comes to King’s Cross

Many of you will have seen that Vince Cable visited our King’s Cross campus last week from the report on My Arts. Indeed, although it was out of term time, quite a few people spotted him directly – I overheard … Continue reading

Decline in art and design applications – my perspective

I’m sure many of you will have seen the recent reports in the media about a decline across the HE sector in home/EU student applications for art and design places for 2012 entry. My perspective on UAL’s position in this … Continue reading

Good news from HEFCE

I have just finished visiting all Colleges to give my regular all staff briefings, and will shortly be giving the final two briefings to Central Services staff. Following those, I will publish a short overview of key information from the … Continue reading

Navigating the maze of student funding

It was with a great deal of reluctance that we decided earlier this year that the University had no choice but to set 2012 undergraduate tuition fees at the maximum £9,000 for home/EU students. I have explained the position that … Continue reading