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Cross-UAL, trans-disciplinary team members needed for youth mental health lab

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Published date 13 January 2015

Central Saint Martins: 19 Jan 2015 17:00 – 19:00
London College of Communication: 21 Jan 2015 14:00 – 16:30

A new research lab

Nick Bell, UAL Chair of Communication Design, is recruiting UAL students to be part of a trans-disciplinary, cross-university ‘early-lab’ tasked with scoping out a new vision for the design of a local NHS youth mental health service.

Talks to introduce the lab

Nick Bell is giving talks at each of the six UAL colleges to introduce this exciting opportunity to students. The first two talk dates are already set: at CSM on Monday 19 January at 5pm in Room F204; and at LCC on Wednesday 21 January at 2pm in the Podium Lecture Theatre.

Students interested in applying to participate in the lab are invited to attend these talks.

The commission from the NHS

Thanks to Nick Bell and Fabiane Lee-Perrella, (3D Design tutor at Camberwell), the UAL has been commissioned by the Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust’s (NSFT) Early Intervention Service.

A trans-disciplinary team of students from across the UAL will work with a group of young mental health service users. Students will experience firsthand the context in which services are received.

What is happening and when

The lab begins with preparatory workshops in February, followed by a field trip in Norfolk at the end of the Spring Term and culminates in a public exhibition/pilot in May.

The lab team

Nick and Fabiane are looking to recruit a diverse team of students from as many disciplines as possible (not just design but media, art and performance too) and hope to have each of the six UAL colleges represented.

Begin early at the start of things

Nick Bell is calling this initiative an ‘early-lab’ “because design for social impact can only be effective if designers can begin their work much, much earlier in the process – at the start of things”. This lab offers students the opportunity to find out what it is like at the very start of things.

Link to more information

Please download How to be a designer at the start of things (PDF 259KB)  that introduces the initiative. Nick and Fabiane are accepting applications now. Come to the ‘At the Start of Things’ talk at Central Saint Martins on 19 January

Professor Nick Bell