In collaboration with BA (Hons) Editing and Post Production:
Monday 27 February
We're delighted that Eddie Hamilton is taking time out from editing "Kingsmen: The Golden Circle", to come to Ravensbourne and talk about his cutting career.
How do you cut kinetic? Come find out!
In collaboration with BA (Hons) Fashion Promotion:
Wednesday 22 February
Harris Elliott, is a London based multidisciplinary artist, curator and stylist who conceives and delivers gallery shows, installations, advertising and music campaigns for a wide range of global clients. Culture and art inspires the Harris Elliott aesthetic. Harris is co-creator of the touring exhibition "Return of the Rudeboy", curator of "Punk in Translation" and creative director for Kate Tempest, Let Them Eat Chaos.
Walker Space, 6.00pm
Ravensbourne Students' Union in collaboration with Incubation will be hosting “Market Place – The Place to Find Talent” on Wednesday 15 March from 2.00pm - 6.00pm on level 4.
The event will give over 30 of the best students from all courses (including FE, UG, PG and startups) with a diverse set of skills and innovative ideas, the opportunity to showcase their products in areas such as architecture, graphic design, fashion, content production and more. There will be around 200 visitors including the local business community, professionals and practitioners in the industry, and the partners who support Incubation and the Students' Union.
This is a great opportunity for students to gain exposure from customers and future employers and to open the door for collaborative opportunities with Incubation companies on innovative projects in the fast moving digital creative industry. They will also be automatically shortlisted for the Incubation Lite Award with the opportunity to receive Incubation space and support for one-year (worth £15K) and win cash prizes of £1K.
Market Place is sponsored by the Canary Wharf Group Plc and the Arts & Public Affair Team will also be holding an exhibition stand to present the projects and activities they conduct at the Wharf.
Interested? You can enter the competition by completing the brief on the back of the application form and post it in the ballot box at the SU office, ground floor. Alternatively, students can scan the form and email it to SU or Incubation.
The competition closing date is Friday 24 February.
Best of luck to all the Market Place competitors!
Ravensbourne broadcast and television production students recently had the opportunity to film the unveiling of a bronze history plaque in central London to mark the 91st anniversary of the first public demonstration of television.
The students gathered at Frith Street where engineer and inventor John Logie Baird gave the world’s first demonstration of live television at his home on 22 January 1926 to members of the Royal Institution. Baird used the first floor as a workshop during 1924-1926 and in 1930 the BBC adopted Baird’s system for its first television broadcast service in 1930.
The unveiling of the plaque was part of a wider event organised by IEEE, the world’s largest professional association which aims to advance innovation and technological excellence for the benefit of humanity.
The students were asked to film the plaque’s reveal which had to be edited and delivered to IEEE the same day to be screened at an event which celebrated the evolution of television through to the digital age and featured key industry speakers from IEEE and Sky.
Producer and Editor of the film and BA (Hons) Digital Television Production student Matt Wright said: “This was a great opportunity for myself and other TV production students.
“Turning around the film the same day meant coordinating the production, arranging the crew, liaising with IEEE and businesses on location which was a great challenge. We were taught to treat IEEE like clients and learnt how to work as professionals working in the industry.
“It was a fantastic day and a real honour to be filming something about the founder of what I’m studying today.”
We are excited to announce that this Thursday 9 February we will be hosting a free masterclass with major international film producer and BAFTA winner Iain Smith OBE.
The masterclass will be taking place in the Walker Space from 4.30pm - 7.00pm. All Ravensbourne students and staff are welcome, tell your friends!
The session will be followed by Q&A so please prepare some good questions for him. Your full engagement will help make the best of the session.
Iain is a film producer who is known for his productions of Mad Max: Fury Road, Children of Men, 24, The Mission, Local Hero, Seven Years in Tibet, Cold Mountain, The A Team and many more. In 2005 he was awarded a BAFTA for Outstanding Achievement in Film and was made an OBE by the Queen in the 2008 New Year's Honours List for services to film. Iain has worked with many of the world’s major directors, star cast, outstanding creatives and studios and has a wealth of experience and insight to share.
With Iain you encounter a successful, currently-practicing producer who is thoroughly knowledgeable about all aspects of contemporary high-level UK and international film and television production. This, combined with his historical experience and his long and productive commitment to improve UK film education and training, makes it a uniquely valuable session for you to attend.
Final year undergraduates are asked to rate their experience at Ravensbourne as this year's National Student Survey (NSS) launches.
The survey, which is open until Sunday 30 April, invites students to assess Ravensbourne on aspects of the learning experience such as academic support, learning resources and assessment and feedback.
The NSS is an opportunity for students to share experiences of their time at Ravensbourne, what they’ve loved and what they think could be improved. Responses are anonymous and feedback will be used to ensure that
Ravensbourne are aware of their strengths and any areas with room for improvement.
Dr Gary Pritchard, Dean School of Media said: “Last year we had an amazing response rate, 82% of our students took part in the survey and shared their experience. This has given us reliable and representative feedback and allowed us to take the necessary steps to continue to improve the student experience. This year we hope to see even more students taking part.
"I would strongly encourage students to take part as we take the student voice very seriously. This year’s survey results will help to give us a clear picture of the student experience and allow us to think about how we inform change and provide the best experience possible for future students.”
Students will be provided with a briefing and a session on how to fill in the NSS by their tutors this week.
Final year undergraduate students can complete the survey here: http://www.thestudentsurvey.com/
Ravensbourne alumni Charlotte Regan and Jack Hannon, graduates from the BA (Hons) Digital Film Production course have had their film “Standby” nominated for Best British Short Film at the British Academy Film Awards, a ceremony ran by BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts).
“Standby” was last year selected to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), one of the largest film festivals in the world. It has screened a number of Oscar-winning films and all time classics including 12 Years a Slave, City of God, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Reservoir Dogs and Slumdog Millionaire.
The film is about the evolving relationship of police officers Gary and Jenny and the characters they meet throughout their days at work.
Ravensbourne alumni Bradley Stearn, who graduated with Charlotte and Jack on the BA (Hons) Digital Film Production course, also helped to shoot “Standby”.
Upon hearing the news Jack said: “Charlotte rang me in the morning and I thought she was playing an elaborate prank! We are both so shocked but extremely happy.
“We will never forget Ravensbourne it was the place we met and forged a fantastic working relationship. Our lecturers were a massive help and were huge influences on us. They encouraged and supported us which enable us to get where we are today.”
Charlotte and Jack have just wrapped on their next short film called “Fry-Up” starring Sian Clifford from Fleabag and have other films in the pipeline.
The winners will be announced on Sunday 12 February at a ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall.
2016 has been an amazing year for Ravensbourne - the institution, our students and staff have amassed an extensive list of achievements.
Let’s take a look at some of the highlights of the last year...
Ravensbourne was awarded a prestigious grant by HEFCE to lead a pilot social innovation project, carried out in partnership with University of Greenwich and Design Institute, Loughborough University, London.
Broadcast technology alumnus wins BKSTS ChEFF Award
Ravensbourne graduate, Lee Hulse, won an award for the most innovative broadcast engineering project on an accredited course from the BKSTS Soho Chief Engineers Society (ChEFF).
Over 10-11 February we opened our doors to over 350 industry professionals, 50 speakers and over 35 exhibitors at our first ever virtual reality festival, VRUK – the biggest VR-specific event the UK has seen to date.
Ravensbourne and international advertising agency, Ogilvy were acknowledged for the success of our partnership and awarded "Best Collaboration between a University and Employer" at the 2016 National Undergraduate Employability Awards.
Ravensbourne ranks among the best in animation
Ravensbourne was ranked as one of the top institutions in the UK for our BA (Hons) Animation degree programme by Animation Career Review.
Ravensbourne: A world leader in art & design education
Ravensbourne was for the second year running, ranked by QS World University Rankings as one of the top 50 schools in the world for art & design.
Ravensbourne was shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards (THELMAs) for ‘Outstanding Student Services Team’.
BA (Hons) Architecture student Tonderai Maboreke was awarded the prestigious American Institute of Architects (AIA) UK Noel Hill Student Award.
Ravensbourne officially launched the first partnership materials library in the country making us the first institution in the UK to partner with Material ConneXion, a global materials consultancy.
Ravensbourne was the only UK institution to have been selected by the European Space Agency (ESA) to work on ‘Couture in Orbit’, a project which challenged students to create outfits inspired by space flight.
Ravensbourne’s 2016 Degree Show, the annual celebration that showcases the talents of our graduates, saw nearly 4,000 additional people come through Ravensbourne’s doors in comparison to 2015.
2016's show exhibited projects from over 15 creative disciplines and included events which hosted industry VIPs, press and established Ravensbourne alumni.
Other highlights include:
Ravensbourne assisted with the launch of the new Tate Modern on Friday (17 June), after becoming the only higher education institution to be selected to VJ (project images to music) in the Turbine Hall.
Ravensbourne was awarded the National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS) Young People Award for the best event to creatively engage young people (8 - 18 years) at the Big Draw Awards 2016.
Ravensbourne won a Stationers’ Company Innovation Excellence Award for a digital platform idea which aims to bring local communities together, linking networks to design and test innovation, new business models and services.
A scholarship for an Access to Higher Education Diploma in Creative and Digital Media at Ravensbourne was awarded to homeless young person, Sam Adesanya.
BA (Hons) Graphic Design student Medeea Lascar Bahneanu won a Creative Conscience Award for her campaign on the decline of bees.
Ravensbourne was listed in the top third of all UK institutions for employability with 95.3% of our graduates employed or in further study within a year of graduating, a figure higher than the national average.
Ravensbourne’s identity rebrand won a Brand Impact Award in the education category for its consistent quality of concept, design and execution, led by NB Studio.
Postgraduate students’ work from twenty two different countries was displayed at Ravensbourne to form Superhuman, this year’s postgraduate degree show.
Incubation company Haus Pictures nominated for Best Short Film at BFI Film Festival
Incubation company, Haus Pictures was nominated for Best Short Film at the 60th London BFI Film Festival. Haus Pictures is made up of Ravensbourne alumni from the broadcasting, tv production and editing courses.
Ravensbourne student receives Royal Television Society bursary
Timothy Payne, a student enrolled on BA (Hons) Editing and Post Production was selected to receive a Royal Television Society (RTS) bursary. Tim will receive £1000 per year to help with expenses and living costs.
Graduation 2016 sees 588 students graduating
This year, Graduation was for the first time held in the Old Royal Naval College, with 588 students graduating in a range of subjects including, architecture, design practice, fashion, media content and production.
MozFest 2016 sees nearly 2000 people through Ravensbourne’s doors
Ravensbourne once again hosted MozFest this October, the world’s leading festival for the open internet movement. This year’s festival proved the largest yet with over 500 sessions, 26 of those run by young people and 1800 attendees at the event.
Students exhibit fashion collections at Truman Brewery after fulfilling creative brief for VF Corporation, owner of Wrangler and Lee
Fashion students worked collaboratively to create innovative new denim brand proposals that reflected a brief set by VF Corporation.
Ravensbourne and DoubleMe launch the UK’s first HoloPortal™ - a new mixed reality experience
Ravensbourne and DoubleMe, a company which provides mixed reality holographic experiences launched HoloPortal™, the UK’s first facility which captures still or moving objects and generates 3D virtual doubles.
BA (Hons) Architecture and Interior Design and Environment Architectures (IDEA) students took part in the House of Phoenix competition in collaboration with Phoenix Publishing and Media Group (PPMG) a leading enterprise in the publishing and distribution industry in China.
The students were asked to design an installation to be hung within The House of Phoenix in London, a cultural complex launched by PPMG, located in Greenwich.
The students’ designs were judged and first prize was awarded to Ceyda Tezbasar, for her contemporary installation which explores the history of Chinese paper-making and culture and British culture combined. Second prize was awarded to Shpend Pashtriku followed by Trung Tran who was awarded third prize. The judges were so impressed by the outstanding quality of Ceyda’s work that the first prize award increased from £600 to £1000!
Ceyda said: “My installation takes the form of the chinese dragon, a symbol of perseverance, courage, wisdom and excellence, with hopes to inspire the values of the dragon through knowledge and literature. Using paper to create the installation allowed House of Phoenix to be reflected through the design, whilst keeping to Chinese paper-making history.
“The project was a great experience and I am very pleased to have been able to have this opportunity.”
Baizhou Cai, Lecturer at Ravensbourne said: “I would like to thank and congratulate all students who took part in this live project competition.
“Live projects are extremely beneficial to students’ portfolios as it reflects their professional and collaborative nature as well as their employability. I encourage all students to all take these opportunities in the future.”
Yingwen Shen, Director at Phoenix Publishing said: “We were really impressed with the quality of the designs produced by the students. It is great to see students from all over the world researching and exploring Chinese history and incorporating them into their designs for this competition.
"It was a pleasure working with them all, they displayed a great level of talent and complete professionalism.”
It's Christmas Jumper Day Friday 16 November! Wear your Christmas Jumper & donate £2 to Save the Children.
You can text TEAMRAVEJUMP to 70050 or alternatively there will be a donation box at the helpdesk on Level 4.
By wearing your jumper with friends, family or colleagues on Friday 16 December and each donating £2 you’ll be making a serious difference to the lives of children around the world.
Video designed by Bence Szabo, BA (Hons) Motion Graphics
Ravensbourne second year students are exhibiting their fashion collections at the Old Truman Brewery in east London after fulfilling a creative brief set by VF Corporation, a global leader in branded lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories and owner of iconic brands such as Lee, Vans and Wrangler.
Students Jenny Belkin, Megan Casey, Anna Lowe and Jodi Feddon were put together in one group to create “Spoilt”, a fun, brash, colourful brand which produces experimental collections that toy with print, shape colour and embellishments.
The group created six looks and ten products including a pair of jeans, a t-shirt and a puffa style jacket.
Megan from BA (Hons) Fashion said: “We’ve been working to the clients’ needs just as you would in the real world and we’ve been able to visualise the whole process which I’ve found really interesting.
Jodi also from BA (Hons) Fashion added: “Getting feedback from people who actually work in the fashion industry is really valuable as well as feedback from our tutors. I’ve found the whole project extremely valuable.”
Steve Zades, Global Vice President of Transformational Innovation at VF Corporation said: “We were extremely impressed with the students’ designs and how they used the traditional techniques usually used with denim in a new way.
“Students were extremely professional and it was interesting to see the way in which the brief was interpreted. We look forward to working with Ravensbourne students again.”
VF Corporation will be selecting three groups from the project as their winners over the next few weeks. The winning groups will receive £2,500 each.
The exhibition is open at the Old Truman Brewery from 10:00am - 4:00pm on Friday 16 December.
Ravensbourne and DoubleMe, an Incubation company which provides mixed reality holographic experiences has this week launched HoloPortal™, the UK’s first facility which captures still or moving objects and generates 3D virtual doubles placing them into virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) worlds.
HoloPortal, which is housed here at Ravensbourne and developed by DoubleMe, allows the user to become the content in an efficient affordable process new to the industry. It has a 3D volumetric video system which captures a still or moving target shot from different angles. The system then converts this target into animated 3D models or holographic virtual reality characters in real time. These characters can then be imported into various 3D contexts such as video games, 3D animation, VR, AR, MR (viewed through a Microsoft HoloLens headset) and 3D printing.
HoloPortal has eight HD cameras around the facility to produce holographic VR characters. The characters preserve the original volumetric 3D meshes, movement and the textures (i.e. skin, facial expressions, clothing or moving of subjects such as people or animals).
Graduation 2016 was for the first time held in the Old Royal Naval College, with 588 students graduating.
This year’s Graduation saw over 61% of students awarded a 2:1 or above with degrees in a range of subjects including, architecture, design practice, fashion, media content and production.
The graduates had their degrees awarded by Ravensbourne Director Professor Linda Drew.
Linda said: “A huge thanks to our staff, governors, the wider academic community, partners and Councillor Olu Babatola, Mayor of Greenwich for attending Graduation and supporting Ravensbourne and our students.”
She gave this advice to graduates: “I hope this is not the end of your journey with Ravensbourne but the beginning of a new one.
“We want to know how your life as a Ravensbourne graduate flourishes. Some of you will have fame bestowed upon you, some will succeed in other ways, whatever happens, be assured, Ravensbourne will always be here to continue to support you as a member of the alumni community.”
Amongst those graduating were:
Tony joined Ravensbourne on a foundation course after his undergraduate application was rejected. Determined not to fail Tony gained the skills and qualifications needed to progress and began studying BA (Hons) Digital Film Production.
Tony and his colleagues went on to raise £20,000 for their final major project film 'Mockingbird' which follows the journey of a 10 year old boy as he learns what it means to be man.
Tony said: “My time at Ravensbourne was very challenging but also extremely rewarding.
“Ravensbourne is full of opportunities, it allowed me to meet gifted students with skills that I was able to integrate into my work. I also took part in extra courses which gave me a new insight into my industry. “
Charlotte also enrolled onto our BA (Hons) Digital Film Production course.
As a part of Charlotte’s final major project she produced her film ‘Standby’ which was selected to be showcased at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), one of the largest film festivals in the world!
Charlotte said: “Ravensbourne was incredible, I met people I hope to work with for a long time. They will be a constant source of inspiration as they were such a talented group of people.”
Jessica joined Ravensbourne on our BA (Hons) Digital Photography course as she was impressed by it's industry led nature and the accessibility of our photography kit.
Jessica's final major project ‘Boys’, a series of portraits of men who work in London’s sex industry was awarded Student Spotlight winner in Magnum’s Photography Awards and came second in the International Photography Awards. The series was also selected for the Association of Photographers Award exhibition, The Royal Photographic Society International Print Exhibition and the Portrait Salon show.
Jessica said: “The Digital photography course at Ravensbourne has 100% helped me prepare for my time after graduation. I felt excited, confident and hopeful once my time at Ravensbourne had come to an end which I know is because of how supportive the tutors are, how much I had learnt and experienced but most of all because of my degree, I knew I had the skills and knowledge to step into the industry and get paid doing what I love, photography.”
Stefan J Ferrol, Students’ Union President and BA (Hons) Digital Film graduate congratulated fellow graduates on their achievements and shared a quote from Philanthropist, Earl Bakken:
“By all reckoning, the bumblebee is aerodynamically unsound and shouldn’t be able to fly. Yet, the little bee gets those wings going like a turbo-jet and flies to every plant its chubby little body can land on to collect all the nectar it can hold.
“Bumblebees are the most persistent creatures. They don’t know they can’t fly, so they just keep buzzing around. Like the lowly bumblebee, honoured graduates, never give in to pessimism. Don’t know that you can’t fly, and you will soar like an eagle.”
Stefan added: “Today is the culmination of our hard work, of our persistence, of our dreams and aspirations. Today we all deserve to be proud.
“The past three years have been filled with growth and change as we build towards the next chapter of our lives. Use the skills you’ve gained and the life lessons you’ve learnt, to continue your journey of growth and exploration.”
We would still love to see your Graduation photos. Post them on social media using the #IamRavensbourne.
A conversation on Race, Religion & Masculinity; How have these intersections been challenged through time and place? What constructs value and or demonise masculinity in creative sectors? How do you really define Masculinity?
Join us for a panel discussion with practicing artists, activists, writers, poets and film-makers exploring how these intersections have been challenged through time and place. Which social constructs add value or demonise masculinity in the creative sectors? How do we envision these constructs in the future?
Friday 18 November, 12.30pm – 2.30pm
Tickets are free for students and staff, book now
Ravensbourne has announced the appointment of two new Governors, Brett Wigdortz and Rod Henwood.
In 2003 Brett founded Teach First, a charity dedicated to ending the educational inequality faced by children from low income backgrounds. Brett (pictured below left) has overseen the organisation’s expansion from placing 186 participants in London in its first year to becoming one of the UK’s largest graduate employers, recruiting nearly 1,500 graduates for schools across all areas of England and Wales in 2016.
Brett’s book “Success Against the Odds”, an account of the first 10 years of Teach First has been named WHSmith’s Business Book of the Month and he received an OBE for services to education in 2013. He also serves on the boards of Future Leaders, Teach For All, and STIR education.
Brett said: “Ravensbourne and Teach First are neighbours on the Greenwich peninsula, and we share a passion for and unwavering belief in creativity and collaboration to achieve goals. I look forward to contributing to their work to develop the talents of the next generation.”
Brett joins Rod Henwood (pictured below right), outgoing Chief Executive of Zodiak Media UK, part of the largest independent TV production company in Europe.
A law graduate from Oxford University, Rod’s career spans 30 years in senior television and digital media roles in the UK and in Europe. He started his career at Central TV (part of ITV) where he rose from management trainee to managing director in 10 years. He ran Fox Kids in the UK before being appointed to the board of Channel 4 as new business director from 2005-2008, where he launched 4oD (now All4), Channel 4HD and 4Music. He was also responsible for Channel 4 International, 4 Learning and Box TV.
Prior to joining Zodiak Media, Rod launched Pottermore - JK Rowling’s online Harry Potter world.
He will take up the position from Tuesday 1 November.
Rod said: “I’m excited to be nurturing the next generation of talent. Ravensbourne has a fantastic reputation within the creative industries which I have experienced directly so I’m looking forward to being part of its future development.”
Chair of the Board of Governors, Jonathan Drori CBE said: "I'm delighted that Rod Henwood and Brett Wigdortz will be joining us. They bring very senior experience in strategic leadership, education and technology and will complement our existing and highly regarded Board."