Ravensbourne has today (Thursday 22 June) received a Silver award for its excellent quality of teaching and learning from the government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
In a letter administered by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) Ravensbourne was commended for:
Our commitment to widening participation and recruiting students from a diverse range of backgrounds
High levels of practice-based approaches to learning such as live industry briefs, combined with excellent digital resources
Systematic and reflective support for innovation-based learning
Highly valued input into course design by academic staff and staff in professional services, extensive industry collaboration which combined, has resulted in our graduates’ excellent employability rates.
Director, Linda Drew said: “I’m extremely proud of this achievement which is a very positive step for Ravensbourne. This award supports the reputation we have established of distinctive excellence in the creative industries.
“I’d like to to pay tribute to all the academic and professional services colleagues who have been recognised for their contributions to outstanding teaching which has resulted in excellent outcomes for our students.
“Despite this achievement however our NSS performance, a key TEF metric, is below the benchmark and we must work to improve this. Our provision of timely feedback on students’ work has improved since the introduction of the Assessment and Feedback Policy, but we still have a great deal of work to do in this area as we strive to put the student experience at the heart of everything we do.”
A summary of the findings will be made available within a few days and guidance on the appropriate use of the silver TEF logo and rights to use it within the three year span of the award will be also shared on the intranet.
6-7 July / Ravensbourne
Brought to you by Ravensbourne, VRUK is an exploration into the creative and technological potential of virtual reality.
With virtual reality establishing itself as a new creative channel, what are the implications and opportunities for artists and content creators?This event is designed to bring together technologists, artists and content creators to explore how virtual reality can be harnessed to produce cutting-edge creative projects. Throughout the two days, you’ll get the chance to hear from the leading virtual reality figures, experience innovative projects from around the world, find out more about the latest technology, meet like-minded creative people and get inspired!
So what are you waiting for? Get your early bird pass by clicking here
27-30 June / Ravensbourne
Learn X Design 2017 will explore the "the allure of the digital and beyond", drawing academics from around the globe to London for a four-day discussion on themes including research in design education, E learning and design, wearables and VR.
- Jo Twist from UKIE
- Dori Tunstall from OCAD
- Susan Orr from UAL
5-6 July / The Old Truman Brewery, Shoreditch
New Blood Festival brings together emerging talent and industry professionals for a double whammy of Fringe events and a free exhibition at The Old Truman Brewery in the heart of east London. In short, it's all about getting everyone excited and inspired by the future of commercial creativity.
Exclusively for students, recent graduates and other young creatives, the Fringe offers talks, workshops, screenings and tours of top agencies and studios. These are completely free. You'll need to pay a £10 deposit to book but you'll get this refunded provided you attend. The exhibition sees university courses from around the UK showing off their very best students' work from the past year. It gives industry professionals the chance to meet new talent and young creatives the opportunity to network and skill up.
Part 1: 28 June- 1 July, Part 2: 5- 8 July / Business Design Centre, Islington
New Designers is the most important design event in the UK ensuring the life cycle of the design industry continues and thrives. Entering its 32nd edition, the New Designers exhibition brings together design education, design consumers and the design industry to celebrate and recognise the next generation of graduate designers.
The show features everything from illustration to animation, furniture to fashion, and gaming to glass and takes place at the Business Design Centre in London, the home of bringing business and design together. It provokes fresh thinking and kick-starts careers, providing a pipeline of young talent into one of the UK’s leading sectors. Nowhere else is it possible to see such innovation and creativity across all disciplines, and the content is completely new every year.
BA (Hons) Design Products students from Ravensbourne will be featuring in Part 2 of the show and can be found at stand FP90.
21-23 June / Ravensbourne
The Degree Show is Ravensbourne's annual student led graduation celebration, showcasing the work of 800 students from the Schools of Design and Media, as well as further education. Over 6000 guests passed through our doors last year, and this year, we are hoping for an equally large footfall. Students and staff don't require a ticket, however if you would like to invite any guests, you can claim your free tickets by clicking here
You can also stay up to date with the latest Degree Show news, by following:
We hope to see you there!
Fashion students from Ravensbourne have been shortlisted for prestigious fashion awards at high profile industry exhibitions Graduate Fashion Week and D&AD, with other students being shortlisted for the All Walks Beyond the Catwalk DiversityNOW! competition.
Seven students from Ravensbourne’s BA (Hons) Fashion Promotion course have been shortlisted for the All Walks Beyond the Catwalk competition which asks fashion students to present their vision of a future where diverse representation is the norm. Out of these seven, four students have been named as finalists which means Ravensbourne holds the most finalists and shortlisted students of any institution this year!
Additionally, students studying in the Department of Fashion have also been nominated for six Graduate Fashion Week Awards in categories such as styling and fashion marketing.
Max Saward, a student on the BA (Hons) Fashion Promotion course is now a finalist in both the All Walks Beyond the Catwalk competition and has also been nominated for the “3INA Styling and Creative Direction Award” at Graduate Fashion Week for his collection based around deconstructive fashion.
Max said: “Studying on the fashion promotion course has given me a huge amount of confidence. My tutors have been hugely supportive and being able to study and learn as though I’m already working in industry has been a huge help. I don’t feel as apprehensive for graduation anymore.”
Max is just one of two students nominated for two awards. BA (Hons) Fashion Promotion student Ellie Burns has been nominated and has won a pencil at D&AD for her project #FromSourcetoPlate regarding her promotion concept around AmazonFresh. She is also up for the “Fashion New Media Award” at Graduate Fashion Week.
Associate Dean for Ravensbourne’s Department of Fashion Caroline Gilbey said: “We’re really delighted with all the students’ award nominations this year, they’ve worked extremely hard and very much deserve to go on and win.”
You can view more information about Department of Fashion courses here.
Our thoughts are with those affected by the events which unfolded at London Bridge on Saturday evening.
There will be a national silence tomorrow (Tuesday 6 June) at 11.00am to remember the victims of the attack. Whilst not obligatory, please do respect the wishes of others who wish to observe this silence.
We understand that recent events may have been upsetting for both staff and students. Support for students is available via the Student Services Team which can be contacted via email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone +44 (0)203 040 350. Staff can also access support through our Employee Assistance Programme via a 24 hour helpline operated by Health Assured which can be reached on 0800 030 5182.
National Counter Terrorism Police has launched a short public information film which you may find useful. It sets out practical steps that can be taken to stay safe in the rare event of a firearms or weapons attack. This information can be found here.
We'd also like to reiterate the increased security measures we’ve taken here at Ravensbourne and how you can contribute:
All staff, students and visitors are subject to security checks and may be asked to show security passes upon entering the building. Everyone is required to visibly display their Ravensbourne ID at all times. If you need a lanyard or clip, please ask Front of House who will supply one.
Anyone expecting a visitor must notify Front of House by email 24 hours in advance and provide the following information:
Reason for visit
Date and expected times of visit
Contact telephone number of the host
Front of House will contact the host when their visitor arrives. The guest will not be permitted into the building unescorted. Once in the building visitors must be escorted at all times.
During the evening, we request that students invite a maximum of two guests at any one time who must then also be signed in as above. Where more than two visitors are expected, students must obtain permission from Course Leaders and be prepared to show evidence of this upon request.
Please do not leave any bags unattended in the building or café. Remain aware at all times and help us to ensure that this remains a safe learning and working environment.
Three scholarships to study at Ravensbourne have been awarded to three young people in a collaboration between Ravensbourne and Accumulate, a social enterprise which uses creativity to empower young people who are homeless.
The Access to Higher Education scholarships to study design and digital media were awarded to Jayakrishanth Narayanan, Luke Smith and Deluxe Mwengula for their talent and hard work at the private view of Accumulate’s new exhibition “Made by Us”.
On the course the recipients will be mentored by Ravensbourne students who will pass on the creative skills they’ve learnt and provide valuable networks and advice to aid progression and build confidence.
Jayakrishanth was introduced to Accumulate through charity, Freedom from Torture. He came to the UK in 2012 after being tortured in Sri Lanka.
He says: “After my experience in Sri Lanka I suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and really lacked confidence. Being part of the Accumulate project and focusing my energies on learning creative skills has really helped me.
“I’m so shocked to be awarded this scholarship but so excited to be studying at Ravensbourne in September.”
Accumulate founder and Work Based Learning Coordinator, Marice Cumber said: “ We’re delighted to have awarded three people the opportunity to study at Ravensbourne.
“It’s our third year of the project and it’s been a huge success. It’s great to see young people progressing, learning new skills and just generally being in a happier place. It’s also fantastic to see our students helping others and learning to relate to people from different backgrounds as well.”
An Access to Higher Education scholarship in creative and digital media was last year awarded to Sam Adesanya who is now progressing onto the BA (Hons) Animation course in September.
Sam said: “Being accepted onto the course has changed my life, without it it's likely I’d still be homeless.
“Ravensbourne has been the perfect place for me to learn new skills and I’m ecstatic to be progressing to the animation degree course this year.”
The scholarships have been funded by BOP Consulting, Crep Protect and Ravensbourne Governor, Ruth Keattch.
You can see “Made by Us” at the Guardian, Kings Place, 90 York Way, Kings Cross, London N1 9GU from Friday 12 May - Saturday 3 June.
With autonomous vehicles no longer confined to science-fiction novels, Ford challenged budding design students from Ravensbourne to imagine the future of car interiors.
Taking inspiration from the all-new Ford Fiesta, students were tasked with illustrating what they believe the interiors of cars are heading towards as we move away from the requirements of typical dashboard functions.
Three of the talented competing teams were last night chosen by Ford designers to have their visions showcased at the Ford design centre in Cologne. A final winner will then be selected and invited out to the design centre for a behind the scenes tour of the workshop and a masterclass with Ford designers.
Idrees Rasouli, Course Leader for BA (Hons) Interior Design Environment Architectures said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for students to gain experience about what it's like to work for one of Britain's biggest and foremost car brands.
"Ravensbourne has first class industry connections, and opportunities like this ensure our students learn the skills needed to thrive in industry, and the chance to transfer their architectural and interior design skills into vehicle design, thus making them highly employable."
Jens Sieber, Ford Chief Interior Designer commented: "I was thrilled by the quality of work presented by the students. Fiesta is very important to Ford and a huge amount of time is spent ensuring that the interiors reflect what our customers desire. The students have helped show workable interiors of the future."
With car interiors increasingly becoming an important part of people's everyday lives, the challenge was met by Ravensbourne as an opportunity to allow the students’ creativity to shine through in relation to Ford's best-selling vehicle in the UK.
William Richards, a second year BA (Hons) Design Products student has been awarded a three month paid placement with the Marks & Spencer (M&S) Packaging Technology Team, after being chosen as the winner of the annual Ravensbourne, M&S project which entered its 8th year this year.
The project is a part of the “Industry Practice” unit of the product design curriculum, where the students are set four briefs around packaging concepts to combat issues with delivery, food waste, freshness and representation of quality.
The students were split into four groups, allocated one brief per group and also asked to select one of their choice. Five students were shortlisted, Nick Grafakos, Sarah Saggiante Roldan, William Richards, Andrew Davis, Takumi Naka. William was chosen as the winner by a panel consisting of Ravensbourne and Marks & Spencer staff after designing packaging for charcuterie and flowers.
William said: “I am thrilled to have won the Marks & Spencer placement and cannot wait to get started in the summer. I know the placement will benefit me hugely and provide me with industry experience and knowledge in designing consumer packaging.
“I found this project extremely useful, it was great learning about the different stages of packaging design, from sourcing materials, manufacturing, transport, handling, ethics of sustainability and finally the way consumers interact with the packaging alongside how they perceive it.”
Kevin Vyse, Senior Packaging Technologist said: “These types of collaboration are vital if the students want to learn from the real world to get themselves ready for future employment.
“Marks and Spencer have found the collaboration on the annual student project stimulating and encouraging. We value the process of seeing students develop and react to a live brief.
“Thank you Ravensbourne for the opportunity.”
21 April 2017
Government confirms funding for EU students applying for places for 2018 to 2019
EU students applying for places in the 2018 to 2019 academic year will remain eligible for financial support.
On Friday (21 April) the government announced that EU students will continue to remain eligible for undergraduate, master’s, postgraduate and advanced learner financial support in the academic year 2018 to 2019.
The decision means EU students applying for an undergraduate or master’s course at an English university or further education institution in the 2018 to 2019 academic year will continue to have access to student loans and grants, even if the course concludes after the UK’s exit from the EU.
EU students are eligible for home fee status, which means they are charged the same tuition fees as UK students. Other non-EU, international students do not have their tuition fees capped in this way.
Existing students and those beginning study in the 2017 to 2018 academic year will continue to receive loans and grants, if eligible, until they finish their course. Further clarification can be sought via the Student Loans Company.
More information can be found on the gov.uk website. If you have any concerns, support is available. Please email Student Services Team, or call +44(0)203 040 3501.
On Wednesday 15 March Ravensbourne Students’ Union (SU) in partnership with Incubation held the first ever Market Place, where over 30 creative ideas were showcased to the business community.
The event was supported by Canary Wharf Group who were very impressed with the work and ideas on show. The exhibitors included a good mix of students from all courses and Incubation companies.
The idea of showcasing students’ work has long been a passion that Richard Meretighan, SU, Vice President of Architecture and Design & Officer for Education wanted to bring to fruition and it was through his discussion with Ha Smith, Head of Enterprise & Innovation that the idea of Market Place was born. Along with the support of Sunita Bhuwanee, Business Support Manager the partnership between SU and the Incubation was launched with great success and will now feature as an annual joint initiative by Incubation and SU.
In order to best prepare the students to showcase their ideas and interact with the experts in digital media, a training session on "Exhibition - 7 Hacks to stand out of the crowd” was organised by Incubation on Tuesday 7 March. B Consultancy lead by Janice Beckles, a Business Consultant experienced in supporting young talents delivered the training.
A great turnout from local organisations and industry professionals visited the event to meet with the exhibitors, understand their bespoke creative processes, and also explored opportunities for collaboration with students and Incubation companies on projects about architecture, film, fashion, design, production, 3D rendering and much more.
Most of the visitors were senior managers, technology experts, local entrepreneurs and also the Ravensbourne community. It was an opportunity for new start-ups, entrepreneurs and emerging digital designers to engage with large organisations and business professionals to explore partnerships requiring a mix of talents and digital skills.
It was an impressive showcase of ideas utilising digital media as a tool to promote ethical, environmental and social values.
Our sponsor, Canary Wharf Group, were so impressed with the exhibition and recommended that three students, Alex Tannatt Cook, year 2 BA (Hons) Architecture, Harry Difolco & Balazs Kovacs, year 3 BA (Hons) Product Design, Daniel Longe and Malachi Duncan, year 3 BA (Hons) Animation, have been shortlisted to pitch for the Incubation Lite Award for a chance to win one year Incubation space, business support and a cash prize of £1000.
Similarly, to encourage three other students who have showcased ideas with good commercial prospect, cash prizes will be awarded to Jelina Frances Dimaguilla, MA Environment Design, Chibuiken Akata, BA (Hons) Post Production and Adebayo Omotola, Diploma in Design.
The event was a boost for students and a way for them to start their entrepreneurial path, gain knowledge, experience and also learn how to present their ideas and projects to the business community. Incubation companies also gained more visibility and were able to interact with Ravensbourne students looking for opportunities in projects requiring their skills and talents.
Overall a huge success, the Market Place brought together different technologies and opportunities to innovate and support economic growth and jobs in the digital and creative industry.
Stefan Ferrol, RSU President said: “Market Place was a great event and something I’ll look to continue and grow. The work Richie put in and the passion he had for the project was inspiring and the help we received from Ha and Sunita was invaluable. Market Place will be back bigger and better next year and hopefully it will be widely supported by the college itself”.
Richard Meretighan, Vice President of Architecture and Design & Officer for Education said: “Market Place – The Place To find Talent” is the first initiative and collaboration of SU and Incubation, it has been a huge success on all fronts. The enterprising students received business support tips and guidance on how to best showcase their ideas and interact with the business community.
"This event attracted a lot of visitors and has helped students to network, learn and understand the knowledge and resources required for starting their own business”.
Ha Smith, Head of Enterprise and Innovation said: “It has been great to work with SU on the Market Place initiative, the SU members were fully engaged to make the event a success. The students were well organised and impressed the industry professionals.
"This collaborative effort will continue and Incubation will always endeavour to support Ravensbourne entrepreneurial students to achieve success in their chosen field”.
Melanie Goldstein, Community Affairs Officer, Canary Wharf Group said: “I would like to thank Incubation at Ravensbourne for giving CWG the opportunity to partner with you on this; it was a great event and really showcased the wealth of talent and possible future leaders in innovation and the creative fields we have here locally; Ravensbourne should be very proud of the calibre of students and incubations companies based there!”.
Ravensbourne’s BA (Hons) Animation course has been ranked in the “Top 100 International Animation Schools" by Animation Career Review.
The schools were marked against the following criteria:
Overall quality of programme including technology and facilities available to students
Consistency and quality of student and graduate animation works
Geographic advantages derived from the school being located near animation employment hotspots
Reputation of programme within the industry
Tuition and overall cost of attendance
The publication which surveyed animation schools across the world has released the rankings so students can make the best choice for them.
Associate Dean, Dr Rosemary Stott said: “We’re delighted the calibre of our animation course has been recognised.
“I would encourage any prospective students to come and visit Ravensbourne on one of our Open Days to see the fantastic facilities, meet the lecturers and see what our institution can offer.”
The animation course is creative skillset accredited with 94% of students working or studying six months after the course. In the past year animation students have collaborated with the BBC on a series of films about the weather.
Ravensbourne alumni Alex Rudzinski, a broadcast graduate, has won two Emmy Awards for his work on Grease Live! which aired on American television channel, Fox.
Alex who graduated from a two year HND course in broadcast TV operations when Ravensbourne was “Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication” based in Chislehurst, won “Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special” and “Outstanding Special Class Program” for his part in producing the show.
Grease Live! was shot on location at Warner Bros Studios in LA and featured Vanessa Hudgens as Rizzo, Carly Rae Jepson as Frenchie and Jessie J. It became one of the highest rated shows of 2016 on American television and was quickly followed by Hairspray Live! in December 2016 which Alex also directed.
Alex said: “It’s fantastic to be credited with such a prestigious award. It’s been great to be part of a new genre of television and I’m very much looking forward to doing the same with “Bye Bye Birdie”, our live musical featuring Jennifer Lopez this Christmas.”
Alex lives in LA with his family and works as a freelance, specialising in multi camera live directing. He started his career in regional news and worked his way into national UK news. At 26 he became a senior director at what was then London News Network on London Tonight.
He was then offered a position on the “Big Breakfast” which allowed him to jump from news into entertainment and went on to direct the first three series of “Strictly Come Dancing” before taking the format to America to become the director on “Dancing with the Stars” for over a decade. Alex is currently planning this summer’s MTV video music awards.
Upon talking about his Ravensbourne experience Alex commented: “My time at the institution became a great foundation for me to slide seamlessly into a broadcast role.
“There were amazing facilities and we were taught to use broadcast technology to a high standard. The calibre of our tuition was really high and our tutors had direct industry experience which they were keen to pass on.
“I think the opportunities at Ravensbourne are unique to succeeding in the UK broadcast industry with students having access to cutting edge technology and top of the range tutoring. At work I meet many people who attended Ravensbourne and I know they are highly employable and that their work will be of an excellent standard.”