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Postgraduate Community - Project Fund

UAL has made funds available for postgraduate students* to organise academic events, projects and cultural interventions that bring together postgraduate students from different disciplines, courses and UAL colleges.

Through high quality research activities, UAL works globally with other institutions and industry partners to develop the intersections of our own fields of knowledge in order to link art, design and communication to other distinct specialisms. Through this activity, UAL’s research aims to be outward looking, highlighting the importance of art and design for society.

The majority of the research activity and teaching at UAL sits within four identified research themes. The Postgraduate Community Project Fund (relaunched this year under the UAL Research Department) mirrors these themes enabling students to collaborate and investigate across disciplines, and by responding to the identified research areas, to become active participants in UAL’s research culture.

In 2018/19, deadlines will take place each term and will be announced shortly.

* Postgraduate students at UAL include both taught and research students: MA, MPhil, MRes, PGDip, PGCert, PhD and Early Career Researchers.

Project Fund - Research Themes

Through the Postgraduate Community - Project Fund, students are invited to work collaboratively with students from different colleges and disciplines, on projects which sit under 1 of the 4 research themes:

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Lifelong Health and Wellbeing

We welcome projects, events or intervention ideas which are committed to positively contributing to the impact of health and wellbeing or looks to minimise issues of dependency, isolation, and inequality.

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Living with Environmental Change

Do you have an idea for an event, project or intervention that through creative practice, increases the understanding of environmental change and sustainable living? Perhaps using design to reduce waste and to change producer and consumer behaviours?

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Communities of Resilience

We are looking for events, projects and interventions that use art and design to support communities in understanding how to develop innovative and sustainable solutions to the issues they face, through co-design, co-creation, socially responsive practices and social entrepreneurship.

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Digital Futures

We are looking for project and event ideas which look to how technology can/does affect lives, changes the way society interacts and impacts on communities, cultural production, future society, and economic growth.

The criteria

  1. The organisers/collaborators must be current Postgraduate students from different UAL courses and colleges. A minimum team of 3 is required. (The PG Community Team can help identify collaborators)
  2. Projects must be completed by the end of the term the application was approved in (unless agreed otherwise)
  3. Projects must have a dedicated project blog to communicate, document and evaluate the project, using the UAL free facility myblog.arts.ac.uk, a Tumblr site or similar.
  4. At the end of the project, organisers must provide an emailed report to PGCommunity@arts.ac.uk which will be posted as a blog post on the Postgraduate Community blog http://blogs.arts.ac.uk/pgcommunity
  5. Projects must have an agreed plan on how the organisers will attract an audience and gather post project feedback. This plan will be agreed when a project is approved for funding. Postgraduate Community mailing lists and social networks will be available to projects to help publicise activity.

Important note

This funding is not available for individual projects which are part of a course assessed unit.

Maximum grants of £300 are available.

How to apply

Request an application form by emailing PGCommunity@arts.ac.uk

Return your completed application form to PGCommunity@arts.ac.uk by the deadline above.

If successful, applicants will be contacted within 2 weeks of the published deadline and cheques will be raised within the following 2 weeks.

For further information or to discuss your project prior to application, please contact the Postgraduate Community team by emailing PGCommunity@arts.ac.uk

Frequently asked questions

Can I have some examples of collaboration across disciplines?

Think about what your ‘Dream Team’ might look like. Consider the roles that could be created to make your idea a successful project.

Do you need: a photographer, a blogger, a documentary film-maker, a graphic designer, an advertising specialist, a marketing professional, a fashion designers, a performance designer, a curator, an architect, a journalist, a book designer?

The Postgraduate Community at UAL has students with all of these skills and more.

See all the Postgraduate course disciplines at UAL here.

How can I find collaborators within UAL’s Postgraduate Community?

You can advertise in the Postgraduate Community Newsletter, which goes out to all students every Friday in term time, and utilise the Postgraduate Community Facebook Group and Twitter feeds. Various MA courses at UAL have Facebook Groups and Twitter accounts too.

You can even go to other postgraduate student events at different colleges and meet with students in person.

If you are successful with your funding application, the support we can give you to find other PG students to collaborate with will be explained more fully.

What does my project proposal need to include?

We want to know all about your ideas for your project. We also want to know the practical details of how you are going to deliver it:

  • What resources do you need?
  • Who is going to take part?
  • Where is it going to take place?
  • Who is the audience for the project?
  • How you are going to measure the success of your project?
  • How are you going to document it?

What kind of costs will be covered?

Costs we will fund include: printing costs, equipment hire, venue hire, building materials, props, specific travel costs, professional fees, drinks for an opening, sandwiches for seminars, etc.

What kind of costs will not be covered?

The fund does not cover student fees or your research time. If you would like to query if a cost is eligible, please get in touch before submitting your application.

Can I get funding for my degree show or other course related work?

No. This funding is only available for activity that you are initiating in addition to assessed work for your course.