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Why UK higher education sector must direct its energy to send our students abroad

I was approached to write a blog post on why the UK higher education sector must direct its energy to send our students abroad. Inward mobility is the great urgent theme of our time. We call it migration and it … Continue reading

Can Creativity Be Learned – And Should Normal People Bother?

To celebrate the launch of The creative Stance, I wrote on my Huffington Post blog page why there has never been a more important time to understand the creative process and why it should become a normal part of how we … Continue reading

UAL responses to Government inquiries on immigration and exiting the EU

Over the past couple of months, UAL has responded to two Government inquiries; one into immigration and one into the impact of exiting the European Union on higher education. Both of these issues have a considerable impact on UAL and … Continue reading

Commenting on the importance of international students in the media

International students are a vital part of higher education in the UK. The ideas we generate, our research, our global networks, and the business opportunities create are all reliant on international students. As a result, I am always pleased to comment in the … Continue reading

UAL 30 Years On – looking back and looking forward

Exactly 30 years ago, seven art and design colleges came together as the institution which later became UAL. This visionary decision ensured that they survived the radical restructuring imposed on local government in London at that time. Other art schools … Continue reading

“Our biggest contribution to the quality of education may be in shaping pupils’ minds”

Pixar, famed for Toy Story, Ratatouille and Monsters Inc to name just a few, is one of the most successful creative animation studios in the last twenty years. It generates billions of pounds, providing jobs to millions, playing a vital … Continue reading

Response to the Prime Minister’s comments on diversity in Higher Education

Following David Cameron’s comments on diversity in HE, I wrote for the Guardian’s Higher Education Network on the policy decisions – predominantly the EBacc – which are posing a threat to getting more disadvantaged pupils into higher education. Below is … Continue reading

Sadiq Khan visits Central Saint Martins

We hosted Labour’s London Mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan at Central Saint Martins this week. He took a tour of the building, met students and staff and was interviewed by Sky News on the Terrace. It was a great opportunity for … Continue reading

Chairing Creative Industries Federation expert group

I am pleased to be chairing an expert group tasked with examining the urgent challenges facing creative education (HE and FE) for the Creative Industries Federation. The group will examine policy area crucial not just to education, but the future … Continue reading

My 2016 predictions for the Times Higher Education

The Times Higher Education approached me to comment on my predictions for 2016. The full article is here and you can read my thoughts below. “In 2016, the detail of the higher education Green Paper will preoccupy people who could usefully … Continue reading