Ruby Spencer – BA (Hons) Design Management and Cultures

Image of Ruby Spencer holding up her project outside LCC.

Ruby Spencer is currently a student on the BA (Hons) Design Management and Cultures course at London College of Communication. Here, we find out about her time on her course, her internship with OLIO, and some of her favourite food spots in Elephant & Castle...

Hi Ruby! Where are you from in the world, please?

I live in Hertfordshire

Why did you choose to study BA (Hons) Design Management and Cultures and why at LCC?

I wasn’t too sure what industry I wanted to go into and I knew this course would open lots of different opportunities, especially as you can tailor projects to your own interests. And I chose London College of Communication as it’s in the heart of the city, really easy to get to and offered great opportunities.

Image of Ruby's OLIO stand in the LCC canteen.
Students interact with Ruby's OLIO event in LCC.

What was your first impression of LCC when you joined?

Very welcoming. They understood what it might be like to be a new student and there were lots of things going on organised by the Students’ Union to help you get to know the College.

What’s the most interesting project you’ve worked on through your course so far?

My final major project. I collaborated with a food waste company, OLIO, to develop a design strategy to encourage students to waste less food. I developed an event where I got to plan and project manage a team, collaborating with different people across UAL and externally.

Tell us a little more about the internship you undertook with OLIO…

I loved every part of it. I was working for a start-up company so I was able to develop my own ideas and make a difference in a small company. I developed a growth strategy which targeted students as a user group – creating events, attend meetings, and help shape OLIO’ future.

Ruby in conversation during her OLIO event at LCC.

I was also able to use lots of the skills I’ve gained while on my course at LCC – project management, idea development, collaboration, etc – and the internship. Being on an internship gives you insight into the ‘real world’ and puts you in live situations where people are relying on you, developing your communications skills and giving you a better idea of just how a business works.

What three words would you use to best describe LCC?

Exciting. Challenging. Different.

How have you found living in London, and where’s your favourite place to explore?

I live outside of London, however I’ve found some amazing places for lunch in the Elephant & Castle area – such as the Jamyang Buddhist Centre’s courtyard garden and Love Fresh Vietnamese in the Artworks community just round the corner! And they all offer student discount!