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University of the Arts London

                   
University of the Arts London
Established 1986
(London Institute)
2004
(University of the Arts London)
Type Public
Chairman Sir John Tusa
Rector Nigel Carrington
Admin. staff 2,195 (2011)[1]
Students 25,750 (2009/10)[2]
Undergraduates 13,210 (2009/10)[2]
Postgraduates 3,215 (2009/10)[2]
Other students 9,325 (2009/10)[2]
Location London, United Kingdom
Coordinates: 51°31′4″N 0°6′59″W / 51.51778°N 0.11639°W / 51.51778; -0.11639
Affiliations Universities UK
Website http://www.arts.ac.uk

University of the Arts London (formerly the London Institute) is a public research university located in London, United Kingdom specialised in art, design, fashion and media.[3] It is a collegiate university comprising six constituent colleges: Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion, and Wimbledon College of Art. The university is Europe's largest provider of education in art, design, fashion, communication and the performing arts.[3]

  History

The University has its origins in five previously independent art, design, fashion and media colleges, which were brought together for administrative purposes to form the London Institute in 1986.[4] Drama Centre London and Byam Shaw School of Art merged with Central Saint Martins in 1999 and 2006 respectively. Wimbledon College of Art joined in 2006. The colleges were originally established from the mid 19th century to the early 20th century.

Under the Education Reform Act 1988, the London Institute became a single legal entity, and the first court of governors were instated the following year in 1989. The first appointed Rector was Professor John McKenzie. The London Institute was incorporated as a higher education body in 1991 and was later granted academic degree awarding powers in 1993 by the Privy Council. Will Wyatt was appointed Chairman of Governors during the same year. Sir William Stubbs was appointed the second Rector after the retirement of McKenzie in 1996. A coat of arms was granted to the London Institute in 1998. Lord Stevenson was appointed the first chancellor in 2000.

On the retirement of Sir William Stubbs, Sir Michael Bichard was appointed as Rector in 2001 and encouraged the London Institute to apply for University status. The London Institute originally chose not to apply because its individual colleges were internationally recognised in their own right.[5] In 2003, the London Institute received Privy Council approval for university status and was renamed University of the Arts London in 2004.[6]

Wimbledon School of Art joined the university as a sixth college in 2006, and was renamed Wimbledon College of Art. Sir John Tusa was appointed as the new Chairman, replacing Will Wyatt, in 2007. Nigel Carrington, an international lawyer and former managing director of the McLaren Group, was appointed Rector in 2008, replacing Sir Michael Bichard.[7]

From 2008 to 2010, a far-reaching efficiency programme saw a number of staff made redundant and courses close.[8][9]

In 2011 playwright and actor Kwame Kwei-Armah became Chancellor, crowning an association with the University that began in 2002 when he studied for a Screenwriting MA at London College of Communication.

Central Saint Martins relocated to a purpose built complex situated in King's Cross in June 2011.[10][11]

  Organisation and administration

The University is a higher education corporation established under Section 121 of the Education Reform Act 1988 and is an exempt charity under charity legislation.[1]

The University's governing body is the Court of Governors, and members of the Court of Governors are the University's trustees. The Court of Governors is composed primarily of external lay members from whom its Chairman and Deputy Chairman are elected. Also included in its membership are University staff members and the President of the Student Union.

  Colleges

The University of the Arts London is composed of six constituent colleges.

Constituent College Location(s) Founded
Camberwell College of Arts Camberwell 1898
Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design King's Cross 1854
Chelsea College of Art and Design Millbank 1895
London College of Communication Elephant and Castle 1894
London College of Fashion Oxford Street, High Holborn, Hackney 1906
Wimbledon College of Art Wimbledon, Merton Park 1890

  Finances

In the financial year ended 31 July 2011, University of the Arts London had a total income (including share of joint ventures) of £209.17 million (2009/10 - £211.91 million) and total expenditure of £192.76 million (2009/10 - £200.6 million).[1] Key sources of income included £107.32 million from tuition fees and education contracts (2009/10 - £101.16 million), £77.05 million from Funding Council grants (2009/10 - £85.31 million), £1.31 million from research grants and contracts (2009/10 - £2.26 million), £0.56 million from endowment and investment income (2009/10 - £0.34 million) and £22.94 million from other income (2009/10 - £22.84 million).[1]

At year end the University of the Arts London had endowments of £3.74 million (2009/10 – £3.18 million) and total net assets of £212.99 million (2009/10 – £159.98 million).[1]

  Academics

  Research

The 2001 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) published results by subject area on a point scale from 1, 2, 3a, 3b, 4, 5 to 5*, the University achieved a 5 rating. In 2006-07, this rating equated to a QR grant of £8.6 million.[12]

In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise the Times Higher Education's RAE league tables placed the University of the Arts 44th out of 132 universities in the institution-wide table. In the 'Art and Design' subject tables the University was placed 22nd out of 72 submissions (for 'submission A' - the majority of the constituent colleges) and 23rd out of 72 submissions (for 'submission B' - Wimbledon College of Art alone).[13] The University submitted by far the largest number of researchers in the Arts and Design subject area (237.89 full time equivalent staff), next highest was Glasgow School of Art with only 76.85 FTE staff. More than 50 per cent of the University of the Arts' research submission was rated as world leading or internationally excellent, with 77.5 per cent recognised as internationally significant.[14][15]

The university's research outputs, many of them free to download, can also be found in the university's institutional research repository. Launched in February 2010, UAL Research Online was developed from the Kultur project, funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and was a collaboration between University of Southampton, University of the Arts London, University for the Creative Arts and the Visual Arts Data Service. It is currently the largest Creative Arts research repository in the UK.[16]

  Admissions

The six Colleges all exceed in student applications each year with a 9 per cent rise at the beginning of 2008. This was one of the few significant increases for any university in the UK.[3]

The University is the most popular institution in the United Kingdom for international students specialising in courses in the creative arts,[17] and consequently has a comparatively high and diverse international intake, with students from over 120 countries currently studying across the six colleges.

  Partnerships and collaborations

The ERASMUS programme has exchange agreements with 40 partnered European universities and specialist institutions. Students can study abroad for a minimum of three months to a maximum of one full academic year.

The university has international affiliations with institutions including the Fashion Institute of Technology and Parsons The New School for Design in New York, and the Bunka Fashion College in Tokyo, where students have the opportunity to study abroad via exchange.

Industry partners include Sony Mobile, Hugo Boss, the Body Shop, Top Shop, Tommy Hilfiger, Swarosvski and Pringle.

  Galleries and collections

The University houses various archives and collections. These include the Stanley Kubrick Archive, Tom Eckersley Collection, Thorold Dickinson Collection and the John Schlesinger Library. In addition, there is a large poster collection circa 20th century to the beginning of the 21st century.

Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design has registered museum status. Its material includes historical and contemporary collections by students, staff and alumni of the college. The Platform Theatre at King's Cross provides venues for theatre productions, corporate hires and professional presentations. The Lethaby Gallery and the Window Gallery are used for exhibitions by practicising professionals and for past and present students from the college.

Chelsea College of Art and Design has two on-site exhibition spaces. Chelsea Space is an international and interdisciplinary platform for professional practitioners to exhibit experimental curatorial projects and releases regular publications from participating authors, artists and designers. The Parade Ground, situated within the college, has been transformed into an open-air gallery which hosts events including film screenings and large scale installations. The exhibition ground had previously been used for students and professionals as an open area platform, notably artist Chris Burden's "A Flying Steamroller" in 2006.

  Awards

Many honours and awards have been received by students, staff and alumni across the six colleges. These include the BAFTA Award, BP Portrait Prize, British Fashion Designer of the Year, D&AD Student Award, Fujifilm Award, Jerwood Drawing Prize, Prince Philip Designers Prize, Saatchi Scholarship, Sunday Times Award, Academy Award and the Turner Prize.[18]

  Queen's Anniversary Prize

The Queen's Anniversary Prize was awarded to Camberwell College of Arts for the conservation of "works of art on paper" in 1996. The prize was also awarded to Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design for its contributions to the British fashion industry, and for nurturing the creativity of students, in 1998.[7] Most recently, Cordwainers College of London College of Fashion was awarded the prize for its continued excellence in shoe and accessory design, development and teaching practice in 2008.[19]

  Skillset Media Academy

Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design and the London College of Communication have been awarded Skillset Media Academy status, recognizing the achievements in the area of media, interactive design and film respectively.[20]

  CLIP CETL

Chelsea College of Art and Design and the London College of Fashion share the "Creative Learning in Practice Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning" (CLIP CETL). The centre is funded by the British government in recognition of the two colleges' results in developing student learning.[21]

  Rankings and reputation

Rankings
Complete/The Independent[22]
(2013, national)
48
The Guardian[23]
(2013, national)
31
The Sunday Times[24]
(2012, national)
67
The Times[25]
(2012, national)
82

The University of the Arts London is ranked 48th in the 2013 Complete University Guide, compared to 59th in the 2012 ranking. It is ranked 67th in the 2012 Sunday Times University Guide, compared to 70th in the 2011 ranking. In the 2012 Times Good University Guide the UAL is ranked 82nd out of 116 institutions. The UAL is ranked 31st in the 2013 Guardian University Guide and 16th out of 81 institutions in the Art and Design subject table.[26]

In the 2011 National Student Survey, 69 per cent of University of the Arts London students were satisfied with their experience at the university, compared to an average across all English institutions of 83 per cent.[27] This is up from 62 per cent in 2010.

In the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) results in 2004, Camberwell College of Arts and London College of Communication were awarded 23 out of 24 for art and design; Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and Chelsea College of Art and Design awarded 22; London College of Fashion awarded 21.[28] The latest OFSTED report in March 2012 gave the University's further education provision an overall rating of "good".

In 2007 BusinessWeek formed a panel of experienced consultants, academics, and executives to select the best art and design schools around the world, which featured both Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design and the London College of Communication.[29]

  Student life

  Student Hub

The Student Hub is the central university office at High Holborn, which is used for administrative purposes, learning resources, support services and a students' union cafe/bar.

  • The Students' Union organises a variety of clubs, events and activities.
  • The Learning Zone is a space for collaborative and private study. Students from across the six colleges can use the facilities, including computers, laptop hire and rooms for presentations/rehearsals.
  • The International Centre manages international student recruitment and its network of local representatives based across the world. The centre and the local representatives offer specialist advice, such as course information and University services, as well as advice on immigration and fees. In addition to the main office at High Holborn, there are international offices situated at the six colleges.
  • The Language Centre enables prospective students to study English and other modern languages, before and during their course. The primary aim is to allow students to reach the required level for entry onto their main courses.

  Publications

The Student Union publishes Less Common More Sense, a magazine that serves to showcase student work from all six colleges. The University also publishes Arts London News, a weekly newspaper distributed throughout two terms of the year, which is produced and maintained by journalism students. The paper is published in conjunction with News International.

  SEE and the Enterprise Centre

Situated at the London College of Communication, the Enterprise Centre provides information, advice and guidance on obtaining freelance work or self-employment and is available to all students/graduates from all six Colleges.

The University also launched its Student Enterprise and Employability service in November 2011, which helps all UAL students and graduates to develop a sustainable career in the creative industries through information, training and support. The service also plays a role in shaping course content so that career skills such as pitching, presenting, business planning, marketing and the promotion of creative ideas are built into students' education.

  Student housing

The University has 14 residences across London and aims to offer all first year students a room in University accommodation.

  Notable alumni

For an extended list, view the respective article for each college.

Alumni of Camberwell College of Arts include:

Alumni of Chelsea College of Art and Design include:

Alumni of Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design include:

Alumni of Byam Shaw School of Art, part of Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design include:

Alumni of Drama Centre London, part of Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design include:

Alumni of London College of Communication include:

Alumni of London College of Fashion include:

Alumni of Cordwainers College, part of London College of Fashion include:

Alumni of Wimbledon College of Art include:

  References

  1. ^ a b c d e "Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2011". University of the Arts London. http://www.arts.ac.uk/media/financialstatementspublic/financialstatements/ual/UAL_FS_2011%20FINAL%20(WEB).pdf. Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Table 1 - All students by HE institution, level of study, mode of study and domicile 2009/10" (Microsoft Excel spreadsheet). Higher Education Statistics Agency. http://www.hesa.ac.uk/dox/dataTables/studentsAndQualifiers/download/institution0910.xls. Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "Education Guardian". The Guardian online statistics (London). http://education.guardian.co.uk/higher/universityguide/profile/story/0,,491779,00.html. Retrieved 2007-12-16. 
  4. ^ "Art world welcomes Institute change". The Guardian. 15 July 2003. http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2003/jul/15/highereducation.administration. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "Times Online University Profile". The Times (London). http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/education/good_university_guide/article2166776.ece. Retrieved 2008-11-27. 
  6. ^ "State of the arts". The Telegraph. 8 May 2004. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/3338919/State-of-the-arts.html. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "University of the Arts London History". History online statistics. http://www.barkersdigital.co.uk/UOA/CBC/arts/more_history.asp. Retrieved 2008-07-30. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Times Higher Education: PR lecturer resigns in protest over lack of staff". http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?storycode=408974. Retrieved 2010-10-12. 
  9. ^ "Arts London News: Protests at LCC widen". http://www.artslondonnews.co.uk/20091110_protests-lcc. Retrieved 2010-10-12. 
  10. ^ "A change of scene for Central Saint Martins". The Guardian. 22 June 2011. http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2011/jun/22/central-saint-martins-artists-designers. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  11. ^ "Central Saint Martins fashion college bids farewell to Charing Cross Road". The Telegraph. 24 June 2011. http://fashion.telegraph.co.uk/article/TMG8596179/Central-Saint-Martins-fashion-college-bids-farewell-to-Charing-Cross-Road.html. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  12. ^ "University of the Arts London RAE". RAE online statistics. http://www.arts.ac.uk/research/26087.htm. Retrieved 2008-07-30. 
  13. ^ Times Higher Education RAE results - see the main institution-wide table and the subsection on 'Art and Design'
  14. ^ RAE results for University of Arts, from official RAE website
  15. ^ All RAE results for 'Art and Design' subject area, from official RAE website
  16. ^ Registry of Open Access Repositories - http://roar.eprints.org/2482/
  17. ^ "Percentage of International Students: 34.5". The Complete University Guide online statistics. http://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/single.htm?ipg=6802. Retrieved 2008-11-28. 
  18. ^ "University of the Arts London Success". Success[disambiguation needed] online statistics. http://www.arts.ac.uk/about-arts-london.htm. Retrieved 2008-07-30. 
  19. ^ "Cordwainers - Queen Anniversary Prize". Queen's Anniversary Prize online statistics. http://www.arts.ac.uk/news/40510.htm. Retrieved 2008-07-30. 
  20. ^ "Skillset Academy Status". Skillet online statistics. http://www.csm.arts.ac.uk/43314.htm. Retrieved 2008-07-30. 
  21. ^ "University of the Arts London Success". CLIP CETL online statistics. http://www.chelsea.arts.ac.uk/clip-cetl.htm. Retrieved 2008-07-30. 
  22. ^ "University League Table 2013". The Complete University Guide. http://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/league-tables/rankings. Retrieved 10 May 2012. 
  23. ^ "University guide 2013: University league table". The Guardian. 21 May 2012. http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/table/2012/may/21/university-league-table-2013. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  24. ^ "The Sunday Times University Guide 2012". Times Newspapers. http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/. Retrieved 18 September 2011. (subscription required)
  25. ^ "The Times Good University Guide 2012". Times Newspapers. http://extras.thetimes.co.uk/public/good_university_guide_landing?CMP=KNGvccp1-the+times+university+rankings. Retrieved 17 September 2011. (subscription required)
  26. ^ "University guide 2013: league table for art and design". The Guardian (London). 22 May 2012. http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/table/2012/may/22/university-guide-art-design. Retrieved 2 June 2012. 
  27. ^ Newman, Melanie (2008-09-11). "Students more satisfied than ever before". Times Higher Education. http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?storycode=403497. Retrieved 2008-11-10. 
  28. ^ "The Complete University Guide". The Complete University Guide online statistics. http://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/single.htm?ipg=6585. Retrieved 2008-07-30. 
  29. ^ "BusinessWeek: The Best Design Schools in the World". RAE online statistics. http://images.businessweek.com/ss/07/10/1005_dschools/source/1.htm. Retrieved 2008-07-30. 

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