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UAL Student Voices

Hear some of our current students' stories and tips about studying at UAL

Get a sense of what it might be like when you arrive at UAL. Click on an image below or browse the full playlist.

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Anders

Anders is one of the first students on a new course. He shares his experience of loneliness, the challenges of working with others and why friends are so important.

Listen to the short version (01:53)

Listen to the long version (14:30)

Transcript (PDF 52KB)

Rose

Recent graduate Rose gives her advice on writing dissertations, the value of criticism and what lessons she’s learned, looking back.

Listen to the short version (02:46)

Listen to the long version (15:05)

Transcript (PDF 245KB)

Charlotte

Charlotte, from London, chats about how her experience as a mature student has helped her look at her own practice in a new way.

Listen to the short version (02:57)

Listen to the long version (13:19)

Transcript (PDF 217KB)

Enubi and Vy

Eunbi and Vy talk about how they adapted to studying in the UK,  what they’ve learned working with students from different cultures and subject areas

Listen to the short version (3:17)

Listen to the long version (13:49)

Transcript (PDF 263KB)

Ploynita

Ploynita left a family business and her home country to come to UAL. She talks about gaining acceptance from her family and building relationships here.

Listen to the short version (01:54)

Listen to the long version (16:24)

Transcript (PDF 256KB)

Katie and Elise

Katie and Elise talk about getting through their first few weeks at college, the importance of kindness, risk-taking and managing stress.

Listen to the short version (03:40)

Listen to the long version (18:32)

Transcript (PDF 55KB)

Ayaba

At first, Ayaba was afraid of being overwhelmed and now she encourages herself to experiment, take risks in her work and share her ideas. Hear her story.

Listen to the short version (02:51)

Listen to the long version (20:02)

Transcript (PDF 385KB)

Semen

Semen talks about the first few days at UAL, making friends, finding support and embracing the diversity of London.

Listen to the short version (02:46)

Listen to the long version (13:17)

Transcript (PDF 198KB)

Ann Marie

Ann Marie reflects on her career transition into the creative industries. She also talks about doing her MA and how she found inspiration in the different cultures at UAL.

Listen to the short version (03:48)

Listen to the long version (15:57)

Transcript (PDF 178KB)

Hussein

Hussein, from London, talks about life in his city, making the most of being a student and why he chose UAL.

Listen to the short version (02:43)

Listen to the long version (16:30)

Transcript (PDF 412KB)

Wei

After 5 months at UAL, Wei is confident about communicating and collaborating with others. She tells us what she’s learned.

Listen to the short version (02:50)

Listen to the long version (14:02)

Transcript (PDF 342KB)

Philipp and Santiago

Philipp and Santiago give advice on adjusting to life in London and getting the most from colleagues and staff, from critical feedback and from self-reflection.

Listen to the short version (2:13)

Listen to the long version (12:48)

Transcript (PDF 473KB)

Tamar

Tamar shares her experiences of bringing her family to London, moving into a new career and starting an MA.

Listen to the short version (02:21)

Listen to the long version (15:44)

Transcript (PDF 275KB)

Frank and Nicolas

Frank and Nicolas discuss ways students can find support at UAL such as doing sports, talking to peer mentors and through the student community.

Listen to the short version (03:16)

Listen to the long version (16:45)

Transcript (PDF 380KB)

Shupin

Shupin has learnt to overcome her fears, to speak up and to try new things. She offers great advice for new students.

Listen to the short version (02:19)

Listen to the long version (13:31)

Transcript (PDF 176KB)

Uzo

Uzo talks about her time at UAL as a study-abroad student from US and why she changed courses to do something she loves.

Listen to the short version (03:22)

Listen to the long version (13:06)

Transcript (PDF 293KB)

Raahim

Raahim moved from forensic science to womenswear. He talks about overcoming doubt and family resistance, working hard and managing his time.

Listen to the short version (2:56)

Listen to the long version (15:49)

Transcript (PDF 228KB)

Lourdes

Lourdes is doing a one-year MA at UAL that’s all teamwork, so students must learn to work together. She shares what this meant for her.

Listen to the short version (2:08)

Listen to the long version (12:03)

Transcript (PDF 225KB)

Babett

Babett covers many topics from seeking out personal projects with other students, to finding her passion and managing stress.

Listen to the short version (03:39)

Listen to the long version (18:16)

Transcript (PDF 395KB)

Lesley

Lesley, from China, talks about how she has found friends from around the world, discovered a new way of learning and gained confidence.

Listen to the short version (3:04)

Listen to the long version (11:19)

Transcript (PDF 215KB)

Veronique

Veronique from the US talks about diversity and inclusion at UAL, coping with difficult times, academic writing and the importance of reflection.

Listen to the short version (02:40)

Listen to the long version (13:31)

Transcript (PDF 292KB)

Molly

Since starting at UAL, Molly has gained confidence and feels more positive and connected to our diverse student community

Listen to the short version (02:52)

Listen to the long version (10:42)

Transcript (PDF 46KB)

Charlie and Sissy

Chinese students Charlie and Sissy tell us why they chose to study at UAL. They also describe a typical week here and give useful tips on how to do well in your course.

Listen to the short version (03:09)

Listen to the long version (17:37)

Transcript (PDF 174KB)

Vince

Vince reflects on his own failure and uncertainty, his focus on health and wellbeing and the value embracing diversity, and connecting with different people.

Listen to the short version (03:25)

Listen to the long version (21:12)

Transcript (PDF 62KB)

Hannah

Hannah talks about the early challenges she faced with language and British culture but also how she found a place she could be herself.

Listen to the short version (01:29)

Listen to the long version (12:29)

Transcript (PDF 226KB)

Catarina

Catarina describes having to reapply to UAL before being accepted. She shares a ‘typical’ week at university and why her friendships and other support are so important to her.

Listen to the short version (03:14)

Listen to the long version (14:29)

Transcript (PDF 161KB)

Mathilda

Mathilda shares her experience of having a learning disability, developing a good way of working and discovering creativity in her writing.

Listen to the short version (02:32)

Listen to the long version (16:12)

Transcript (PDF 280KB)

Jade and Mim

Foundation students, Jade and Mim, share their experiences of coming to London, studying independently and finding support and guidance.

Listen to the short version (02:55)

Listen to the long version (14:01)\

Transcript (PDF 394KB)

Further resources

Academic Support session. Image by G Barton, 2017
Student taking a Progress test
Image courtesy UAL