Impact of Donations

Here are some examples of the different ways our generous donors have supported the University and its Colleges.

Caspian Arts Foundation

Nina Mahdavi, Founder, Caspian Arts Foundation with scholarship recipient Bisan Abu-Eiseh (MA Fine Art at CSM)
Nina Mahdavi, Founder, Caspian Arts Foundation with scholarship recipient Bisan Abu-Eiseh (MA Fine Art at CSM)

Providing scholarship support is extremely important right now as students face increasing financial barriers to their education. We need your help to ensure that all students with the talent and potential to succeed in the creative sector are not deterred by financial need. Please help up us keep our doors open to all by giving to our scholarship fund.

The Caspian Arts Foundation donates UAL scholarships to fashion, arts, photography, film and design students from the Middle East and North Africa to help nurture their talent and ensure they are not held back by financial constraints.

The Foundation has been set up to promote harmony and unity between Middle Eastern cultures and the arts.  By donating these scholarships, the Foundation hopes that the experience will assist in developing the student’s ability to make a difference in their own and the wider community, whilst helping to preserve Middle Eastern art, design and culture.

The scholarships are open to selected MA courses across all Colleges at UAL and fashion courses at London College of Fashion. 

Our aim is to give financially disadvantaged artists and designers a platform to develop their full potential and pursue their dreams.

- Nina Mahdavi, Founder, Caspian Arts Foundation

Cathy Wills

Cathy Wills (second from left) with Cecil Lewis Sculpture Scholarship recipients Hyesoo You, Urszula Darjeling and Nicola Keegan
Cathy Wills with Cecil Lewis Sculpture Scholarship recipients Hyesoo You, Urszula Darjeling and Nicola Keegan

Alumna of London College of Communication, Cathy has been supporting the next generation of artists through the Cecil Lewis Sculpture Scholarships for six years.

She set up the Scholarships in memory of her father who was a sculptor. So far, they have supported 13 postgraduate sculpture students from across the University’s Colleges. Cathy keeps in close touch with the artists she has supported and, in 2012 she brought them together for a fifth anniversary exhibition at the University. 

My main interest all my life has been sculpture. I wanted to support the University in encouraging promising sculptors. Hopefully it will help in encouraging a high calibre of students to opt for the Sculpture MA degree, especially those talents who might not have otherwise had the opportunity to do so for financial reasons.

- Cathy Wills 

Shirley Conran Travel Award

Mintaek Oh, Shirley Conran Travel Award Recipient
Mintaek Oh, Shirley Conran Travel Award Recipient

University of the Arts London and Chelsea College of Art are most grateful to Shirley Conran OBE for her continuing support of a Travel Award for our students.

The annual Shirley Conran Travel Award provides £500 for students on Chelsea’s MA Textile Design course to attend important academic conferences that relate to their specific areas of research.

I would like to thank Shirley Conran for the Travel Award. Attending the conference was a wonderful opportunity to meet new people in the field of textiles in England. Through the conference I was able to see other designers’ products and ideas which really encouraged me to work harder. I believe that having been awarded such a prestigious prize will help me for my future career.

- Mintaek Oh - Recipient of the Shirley Conran Travel Award 2012