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Creative Shift: diversity in the creative industries

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What we do

Creative Shift believe in shaping a diverse creative industry and support underrepresented students to make a living doing what they love.

Join the Creative Shift community to gain access to industry contacts from diverse backgrounds, work on co-created projects and access funding to help kick start your creative career! You will have the opportunity to develop your skills and know-how within a collaborative environment with your peers and industry professionals. So whether you’d like to freelance, start up your own business or work in industry, our programme is tailored to support you on your creative journey.

Our projects mirror the future of the creative industries and the diverse voices that contribute to this. We want you to feel empowered to enter the creative industry as your most authentic self.

How to get involved

Sign up to our monthly e-newlsetter to find out about (£) funding opportunities, exciting projects and events.

Follow our student-led creative network 'Connect To' on Instagram: @Connect2network for competitions, student created content and paid work opportunities.

Or email us at creativeshift@arts.ac.uk

Who we support

Creative Shift are part of UAL’s Careers & Employability's department and are a team dedicated to supporting students who meet the following criteria, in line with UAL’s Access & Participation Plan:

You must currently be a Home (UK) student studying on an undergraduate degree course at UAL and one or more of the following statements apply to you:

  • I am a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic student
  • My parent(s)/ guardian(s) have not completed a University Degree.
  • I receive the UAL bursary
  • I am a care leaver or care giver
  • I am disabled according to the Equality Act 2010
  • I have taken part in the UAL Insights programme

Creative Shift will also consider students on a case by case basis when a referral has been made by UAL staff. Please refer students to by emailing creativeshift@arts.ac.uk. Decisions will be made by at least 2 managers of the Creative Shift team.

Industry testimonial

"If you need a reason to know why community is important for creatives coming into the industy, look no further than the Creative Shift. It's easy to get lost when starting off, but Creative Shift make sure that you get the advice, connections and support you need to hit the ground running " Amos Eretusi, Founder, The Kusp.

Student testimonial

“The huge range of support I received from Creative Shift built my confidence massively to be my own director and to push my practice forward.” Chantelle, student, Central Saint Martins

Student testimonial

"I was missing a space where I could openly learn about other things happening in the creative world, or where I could share ideas that I had. Being part of the Creative Shift community, filled this gap: I was able to come learn, listen and share. By creating a welcoming, safe and supportive space, I felt encouraged to share my ideas and ask for help with realising them." Renatha, student, London College of Fashion

Industry testimonial

"I wish I had something like Creative Shift when I entered the industry. The fact that there’s space and support for you regardless of which creative field you want to explore is fantastic, because representation is needed almost everywhere and Creative Shift not only recognise that, they do something about it." Abraham Abbi Asefaw, Co-founder, Pop-Up Agency

Meet the Creative Shift team

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Lora Ghany

Lora Ghany, Employability and Progression Manager

I develop the strategy around our student-facing programmes and focus on supporting students’ employability and progression into the creative industries.

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Sat Sehmbey

Sat Sehmbey, Employability and Industry Manager

I build partnerships with the Creative Industries to design collaborative projects that offer unique industry experiences for students

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Shani-Louise Osei

Shani-Louise Osei, Creative Shift Project Facilitator

I support student-led learning through Connect To: Creative Network and collaborate with alumni as part of the Represent event series.

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Charline Springer

Charline Springer, Employability and Progression Assistant

I support students to develop their industry experience and knowledge through opportunities such as live brief projects, Professional Mentoring and Mead awards.

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Jane D'Aulby

Jane D'Aulby, Mentoring and Awards Coordinator

I support students and alumni to apply for Mead Awards and match undergraduates with industry mentors for one-to-one guidance.

Our projects

Students taking photographs of each other as part of the photography project through the Connect To student group.
Student photography project. Image by the Connect To group.

Connect To

Join our student-led creative network for the chance to collaborate on projects with students, UAL staff and industry professionals.

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Design by Jai Tyler

Gradual podcasts

Explore the questions and challenges that many new graduates will face. Listen to unfiltered stories from creative professionals.

Mentoring at Artsmart 2015 with Sharmadean Reid

Professional mentoring

Apply to be matched with an industry mentor to support you with your career and the steps you need to take to get there.

A group of students inside the artist Sokari Douglas Camp's studio which is full of photographs and sculptures
A group of students inside the artist Sokari Douglas Camp's studio. Image by Jai Tyler.

Visits out

See behind the scenes of creative companies, meet professionals, build your network, ask questions and understand the roles available.

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Illustration by Nia Hefe Filiogianni

Women+ in leadership

Read about our programme of events and activities set up to inspire and empower women+ to break through the glass ceiling.

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Part Time Jobs Fair 2018. Photo by Unai Mateo

Brands and employers

Want to work with young, capable students with fresh perspectives and ideas? Find out how your company can partner with us.

Our programmes are only funded for specific students. If the criteria above does not apply to you, you can still benefit from UAL's Careers and Employability services.

Creative Shift is part of UAL’s commitment to fair access, student success and progression in Higher Education. For further information contact us at creativeshift@arts.ac.uk.