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Post-Grad Interest Groups

UAL’s Post-Grad Community supports a growing number of issue-specific, cross-disciplinary interest groups led by postgraduate students and academics.

​These groups connect creatives with shared research/practice interests across different specialisms and subject areas.

PhD students have launched interest groups in the past to coincide with exhibitions and symposiums that they have organised under the same theme. Students have also used Interest Groups as a working group towards research or a standalone event or series.

Hear from the initiators of three thriving PhD student-led interest groups to understand how these originated and how the group has fuelled their research.

​Want to start an Interest Group? 

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Post-Grad Interest Group Directory

  • Antarctica by Lucy Orta
    Credit: Image courtesy of UAL Image courtesy of UAL, Antarctica by Lucy Orta
    Traces: Stories of Migration

    Traces aims to interrogate dialogues about a cross-disciplinary subject whilst addressing issues surrounding the act of migration.

  • An exhibition of images and text
    On Going Underground by the Hollow Chambers Team. Selected photographs of publications from the MCG Archive and Library. Photo: Silvia De Giorgi

    A pan UAL initiative which is focused on interdisciplinary approaches to drawing. 

  • punk photo fashion
    'Streetstyle: from sidewalk to catwalk', a seminal fashion exhibition staged at the Victoria & Albert Museum in November 1994

    What are subcultures? What are their functions and meanings, both historically and contemporarily? And how do subcultural properties survive and thrive?

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    Circular Design Lab
    Circular Design Lab  

    Part of the Centre for Circular Design's activities, a discussion group for participants with interests in sustainability, circular economies and design as a tool for positive change.

  • ballerinas in various nude shades
    Fashion and ethnicity - Post-Grad Interest Group
    Fashion and Ethnicity

    A platform intended to connect students and researchers in how ethnicity intersects with practices of fashion in its broadest sense. 

  • Scientific objects laid out on lab table

    The Mikro Collective (Student Edition)

    Building a library of the microorganisms and supporting the work of Biodesign

  • A smashed glass lightbulb with green oxidised crystals growing out of it
    Image courtesy of the Change Agents Post-Grad Interest Group.
    Change Agents

    A network for creative minds at UAL who have an active interest in designing for social change.

  • collage photos of materials
    image credit: Billie Coxhead, CSM Materials Library
    Materials Matter

    A place to share ideas, projects, events, information and resources about materials. Led by the CSM Materials Products Collection.

  • A texidermy dog in gallery: ‘Inert’  by Nicholas Galanin (2009)
    ‘Inert’ by Nicholas Galanin (2009)
    How can the contemporary arts represent the non-human world?

    An opportunity to explore various discourses that relate to art, science and nature.

  • scaffold poles
    Credit: Jon Martin
    The Art of Questioning

    A Bi-weekly seminar series for PhD students to come together and question what does it mean to have a method and how methodology of your project can be developed and brought to light?

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    Credit: Lynda Beckett
    Test Lab

    In collaboration with the Doctoral Platform at Central Saint Martins, is an opportunity for PhD students to present papers on any aspect of their research in an informal and discursive setting.

  • graphic text
    BLAME – Brown Leaders and Makers Exist
    BLAME – Brown Leaders and Makers Exist

    With the aim to 'make the brown feminist maker visible’.

Interest group stories