UAL students and graduates are an extremely entrepreneurial group, and getting students ready for the sort of career paths they want to follow right from the start of their time with us is a big priority. Read the rest of this entry »
Most of you will already know that UAL is due to be audited by the Quality Assurance Agency in December and January.
A QAA review is the higher education equivalent of a visit from OFSTED. The QAA team will want to evaluate the education and learning we provide to students, plus all work that supports that, to ensure we are meeting standards and giving students a good all-round academic experience. Read the rest of this entry »
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 faces. We started August this year with an unprecedented number of Home/EU places available – around 350 – and even some of our most popular and prestigious courses entered clearing for the first time. Read the rest of this entry »
Whatever your view on London Met’s loss of ‘highly trusted sponsor’ status – and the issues are complex – for most of us our first response was one of sympathy for the international students who suddenly found themselves in an extremely stressful situation. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on October 3rd, 2012 by Nigel Carrington in International students
Dean of Students Mark Crawley describes the attainment gap between white and black students in UK universities as “higher education’s dirty secret”. In 2011, 77% of white UK undergraduate students at UAL achieved a first or a 2.1, compared to 53% of black and minority ethnic UK undergraduates. That trend is repeated across the sector. Read the rest of this entry »
I completed the last of my all staff briefings for this term last week and hope they have been useful for those who attended. I am conscious that the format has remained more or less the same since I joined the University, so it may be time to revisit them and see if any changes should be made. Your feedback on this would be extremely valuable – about what you find useful, what you would change and any thoughts about improving them, whether in format or content. All opinions are very welcome, so please do post them here.
The main message of my most recent briefings is that student recruitment is now the biggest challenge UAL faces. International recruitment is going well, but recruitment of home students is more difficult, not just here but across the sector. Read the rest of this entry »
Later this month UAL holds its annual graduation ceremonies at the Royal Festival Hall – eight ceremonies over four consecutive days, in which we say thank you, goodbye and good luck to our graduating students. It’s an exciting and emotional time, when we share the pride of graduates and their families, and see whole cohorts of courses and Colleges come together for one last time. Read the rest of this entry »
One of UAL’s areas of strength is the fantastic uses students and staff are making of digital technologies to support learning and teaching and professional practice. You can see some of our best examples can be viewed on the Process Arts website, at http://process.arts.ac.uk and http://myblog.arts.ac.uk. Read the rest of this entry »
London is one of the most multicultural cities in the world, and UAL’s student population has long reflected that diversity. However it’s striking that, to a large extent, our staff profile does not. Read the rest of this entry »