The Portfolio

Andy Valencia, Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, Camberwell College of Arts.
Image courtesy of UAL.

An important part of change is letting people know it has happened and that is what the Portfolio is all about. Here are some success stories, small and large, about changes that have happened all around UAL.

Success stories

Mental health action plan

The joint SU and University Mental Health Action Plan has been developed in partnership with the Students’ Union, based on the recommendations and data in their 2016 Student Welfare Survey.

An additional £250k has been invested in counselling and mental health support, including the introduction of mental health advisors in Halls of Residence.

Since February a programme of nearly 20 wellbeing events have been delivered by the SU with support from the University and Mental Health Services.

UAL aims to deliver mental health awareness training, disability equality training and student services briefings to every member of administrative and teaching staff by 2019.

Find out more on the SU website or on their blog.

Gender neutral toilets

Arts SU and Estates have worked together to make gender neutral toilets available at all of UAL’s sites. UAL is committed to being a place where gender diversity is expected and respected and gender neutral toilets is a small step towards realising this goal. Read more on the Arts SU blog.

Academic support online

Support is now available online for all students’ learning and study practices, with over 100 stimulating resources, easy workshop booking, and links to many other sources of help and support.

Extended library opening hours

UAL’s library opening hours have now been extended, following an SU campaign. Available to all students, the library at King’s Cross is open overnight Monday to Friday during term time and all college libraries have extended their weekend opening hours. Find out more about library opening times.

Automatic renewal of library books

Library books on loan for 1 week and 3 weeks will now automatically be renewed on their due date up to 10 times, helping students avoid fines and library debt.

The student hub, LCF

A new, flexible space has popped up in LCF: the Student Hub. Students can have 1-1 meetings with the Careers and Enterprise Team or use the space to set up their own meetings or forums. Facilities include Mac workstations, a portable photoshoot screen/studio, a screen for presentations with seating and a pod for confidential work related conversations. Email to find out availability.

Digital Learning Lab, LCF Mare St

Digital Learning Lab is a space set up for LCF staff and students to try new technologies and digital tools that may assist their teaching and learning. Resources include physical computing, e-textiles, creative coding, mixed/virtual reality and 3D print. Find out more on the DLL activities and drop-in options.

More SIF funding for CCW

The SU successfully campaigned to triple the amount of SIF (Student Initiative Fund) funding available for CCW. Each college now has £1,250 which students can access. Make a difference in your college and apply today!

New artist in residence scheme, Wimbledon

Wimbledon has introduced a new ‘artist in residence’, which has become an integral part of the painting studio space. This provides shared learning opportunities and the chance for students to see an artist at work, helping them envisage what their artistic careers may look like after graduating. Read about the artists that have taken part on the Wimbledon College blog.

Improved acoustics in Digital Space, LCC

A collaborative spatial and acoustic design project improved acoustics within the Digital Space at LCC. This project was delivered by BA (Hons) Spatial Design students, technical staff and acoustic engineering MA students at London Southbank University

Students designed solutions and ceiling panels, wall panels and booth panels were installed to reduce overall reverberation, decrease sound spillage from booth areas and make the Digital Space a more productive area to work in.

Conversation Club, LCC

The LCC Conversation Club is now well established and aims to build community among international students but is open to all. It runs on a weekly basis and topics discussed recently have been ‘gender’ and ‘films made in London’. The group is currently on hold but will restart in the Autumn term. Contact Sarah MacDonald (s.macdonald@lcc.arts.ac.uk) to find out more.

More lockers and storage facility, LCC

Following feedback received by students via course reps, this year has seen the introduction of lockers and a student storage facility. The storage facility is located adjacent to the Kit Room on the second floor of the workshop block. Keys for lockers are also available for loan for a whole term period from the facility.

The Student Storage Facility, W236A, is open daily from 9.30–11.30am and 1.30-5.30pm. Please pop in to leave your oversized items safely and securely, or to make an enquiry in person. For more information, please visit the LCC Technical Resources Moodle page, email technical.enquiries@lcc.arts.ac.uk