Staff engagement survey – have your say

As I mentioned in my last all staff briefings, UAL will be carrying out a comprehensive staff engagement survey between 18 November and 6 December 2013. Read the rest of this entry »

Clearing update

The 2013 clearing period is now complete, and once again our applicant acceptances have exceeded our University target. My congratulations and thanks go to everyone involved.  Enrolment for our undergraduate courses started last week and I will be able to provide a fuller picture towards the end of October. Read the rest of this entry »

Creative curricula – updates on recent Government announcements

With the Department for Education making several recent announcements about school curricula, I thought it would be useful to publish an overview of what is changing and how the subjects we care most about are affected. Read the rest of this entry »

All staff briefing – looking forward with confidence

As ever, thank you to everyone who attended my latest all staff briefings and shared their views or asked questions. You can see slides from the presentation here: all-staff-briefings-summer-2013. Any further comments that you wish to leave on this blog would be very welcome. Read the rest of this entry »

Tackling timetabling at UAL

Getting access to an accurate timetable in a timely fashion is a key student issue, and for universities a basic responsibility. Unfortunately, for many reasons, UAL’s current timetabling system does not work well and often fails, causing huge inconvenience and frustration for our students. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »