Summer shows season – what it’s all about

We are now in the midst of summer show season – the end of degree shows in which graduating students present their final work to the public, encapsulating what a UAL education has given them. Read the rest of this entry »

Hello and farewell to UAL’s two Johns

Many of you will have seen on My Arts that Sir John Sorrell will be UAL’s new Chair of the Court of Governors from August this year. It’s terrific news for the University – he is a renowned figure in the creative industries and someone who has a huge passion for arts, design and communication education. Read the rest of this entry »

Maria Miller and valuing the arts

Culture Secretary Maria Miller made a speech today strongly encouraging the cultural sector to focus on their economic value in order to make the case for public funding – you can see more about her comments here.  Read the rest of this entry »

ABacc – another hopeful sign for art and design

I know that concern about Government plans for pre-university art and design education is a major concern for many UAL staff and students. That being the case, I wanted to share some more positive news which Ian Thompson, Head of Extended Schools Partnerships, has alerted me to. Ian has outlined the latest news below, and my thanks go to him for all the work he has been doing on this issue. Read the rest of this entry »

All staff briefing – a positive outlook

I have now given the last of my all staff briefings and, as always, am publishing an overview here for those who couldn’t make it. Thanks to everyone who did come and contributed comments and questions. It’s extremely useful to hear your views, so please do continue to come to the events and/or leave your comments on this blog. Read the rest of this entry »

The future of LCC – clarification

Some of you may have seen an article in Arts London News recently, which was then picked up by some media, stating that the University has made plans to go ahead with a major refurbishment of London College of Communication. Read the rest of this entry »

Green Week at UAL

It’s Green Wek at UAL and our big focus is on launching our new carbon management plan – the road map that will see us meeting our ambition to cut carbon emissions by 22% by 2015.

I’m really pleased that UAL is taking this issue seriously. It’s something that individuals, organisations and governments globally have got to take responsibility for. Universities are proud to say that they nurture the next generation of leaders and innovators – having a care for the world they will inherit is a big part of that. Read the rest of this entry »

Arts and design in schools – the next battle

Several weeks on from Michael Gove’s surprising but very welcome retreat from English Baccalaureate Certificates, it’s time for UAL to engage with the next battle for art, design and communication education in schools – the content of the curriculum. Read the rest of this entry »

The end of the EBacc?

I’m surprised and hopeful at today’s unexpected announcement that proposals for new English Baccalaureate Certificates to replace GCSEs have been dropped. Read the rest of this entry »

All staff briefing – rising to the challenges

I have now completed the last of my all staff briefings across the University and, as promised, am publishing a short overview here for staff who couldn’t attend. Read the rest of this entry »