Director of Ravensbourne, Professor Linda Drew, was cloathed as a ‘Liveryman’ of The Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers at the traditional cloathing ceremony last night (Tuesday 25 July) at Stationers’ Hall in the City of London.

The Stationers' Company is the City of London Livery Company for the communications and content industries.

Livery Companies were first created by groups of medieval tradesmen who joined together to promote, protect and regulate their trades. The Company was founded in 1403 when manuscript writers and illuminators formed a guild, taking the name ‘Stationers’ from the fact that they had stopped being itinerant vendors and had set up fixed stalls in St Paul’s Churchyard. At the end of the 15th century, the Stationers embraced printing which was the new technology of the day. In 1557 they received a Royal Charter in which they were given a monopoly in printing and the responsibility to check and register all books produced in England;  they became a Livery Company in 1560.

Today the Stationers’ Company has over 800 members, the vast majority of whom are senior executives in the complete range of trades and sectors across the communications and content industries, from paper, print, publishing, packaging, newspapers, office products, broadcasting and online media. The Company is also heavily involved with and draws members from educational institutions such as Ravensbourne, which provide training and qualifications for those looking to enter and progress within the industry. It strives to be one of the most effective independent business and social forums for the UK communications and content industries contributing to strategic development, success and education within these industries.

Professor Linda Drew said: “It is a huge honour to be recognised in this way. I’m very much looking forward to meeting other Liverymen so we can learn from each other, share ideas and together develop strategies for the future of our industries which are vital to global economic health.”

Ravensbourne's second annual virtual reality festival, VRUK took place over two days from Thursday 6 July - Friday 7 July and proved a huge hit with everyone that came.

The annual VRUK event was an exploration into the creative and technological potential of virtual reality. With virtual reality establishing itself as a new creative channel, the festival asked the question: what are the implications and opportunities for artists and content creators?

This event was 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, attendees got 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.

Speakers include Toby Coffey of National Theatre, Sarah Jones of 360 Immersive Lab, Sol Rogers of REWIND, Landia Egal of Wigal, Henry Stuart of Visualise, Tom Nelson of the Royal Opera House, and Kim-Leigh Pontin from Sky.

Thursday evening played host to music performances Androdes and Reeps One who also appeared on the "Audio in VR" panel earlier in the day. Director of Reactify, Yuli Levtov, who recently worked with producer/DJ Bonobo to develop a VR music experience, also appeared.

Gary Pritchard, Dean of the School of Media comments: “We’ve had a great line up for the second VRUK festival and plenty of the latest releases for people to try together with hand-on workshops to learn how to create content. Ravensbourne has a great reputation in this area and we’re delighted to be supported by Arts Council England this time around.”

Aside from the speakers listed above, the workshops allowed for a more immersive, in-depth experience, and the Exploration Zone encouraged attendees to try out some of the equipment and experience the latest VR projects from across various sectors. Exhibitors include Omniverse, Surround VR and Aftershock.

 

Ravensbourne has seen a stream of successes from graduating students this year and D&AD New Blood was no exception, as three students were awarded Pencils at the prestigious event which identifies, showcases and nurtures tomorrow's young creative talented superstars.

Undertaking briefs for high profile brands such as The British Army, Amazon and Crowne Plaza, students Ellie Burns from  BA (Hons) Fashion Promotion, Geli Luna  MA Communication Design and Isabel Mandry, BA (Hons) Digital Advertising and Design were all awarded Pencils.

Ellie was awarded a Wooden Pencil, the equivalent of a bronze award, for her idea #FromSourcetoPlate around Amazon Fresh. Isabel was also awarded a Wooden pencil for her entry around the misconceptions about The British Army. Geli was awarded a Graphite Pencil, the equivalent of a silver award, for her brand identity concept “For Travel That Works” for the Crowne Plaza, a chain of popular hotels.

“For Travel That Works” looks at the idea the new Crowne Plaza caters to the modern business traveller, offering more than just a bed for the night and ensuring guests can work and play in their usual ways, no matter what the city.

Geli said: “The main inspiration for my idea came from talking to my graphic designer sister who said that brands should have a statement, not just in the look but in their overall identity. That's how I came up with the concept of a flexible and adaptive identity that caters to the international market of Crowne Plaza.

“I’m really grateful to my tutor, Peter Smith who allowed us to take on a D&AD New Blood awards brief as our individual project in the first semester. Peter gave me some really constructive comments and has been a huge help through the whole of the course.”

Subject Leader, Peter Smith said: “Geli is a fantastic student and it’s been a delight to teach her. We’re really pleased with her win, it’s very well deserved.”

Geli has now gone on to take part in D&AD New Blood’s Academy an exclusive, creative boot camp for New Blood Pencil winners making the transition from education to industry. Isabel has started work as a junior producer and Ellie is also now working in her role as a PR and social media assistant at Skinnydip London.

 

Lewis Calderwood, a student on the BA (Hons) Design Products course has triumphed at New Designers, a national exhibition which celebrates emerging creative talent in the design industry, where he won the “John Lewis Award for Design and Innovation”.

Lewis designed a modular sofa system called ‘Morf’ which was designed for ‘Generation Rent’. The product utilises a household vacuum cleaner to compress the sofa to make it smaller in size for easy moving and storage. Lewis was inspired by design for small space living and wanted to create furniture which was ideal for people who moved house regularly.

The judges citation said “‘A highly credible response to ‘Generation Rent’ and nomadic living. Thoughtful, useful and excellently resolved”.

Lewis has won £1,000 towards future projects and a chance to go into the John Lewis studios to observe their design processes.

Lewis said: “I’m delighted to have won this award. I’d like to carry this project on and develop the technical aspects so it would have a feasible chance of releasing to market.

“The design products course at Ravensbourne has helped me to understand the processes behind designing a product and most importantly given me the skills to present myself as a professional designer that is industry ready.”

Course Leaders on BA (Hons) Design Products, Andrew Marsh and Nadine Bennett said: “This award recognises the considerable expertise Lewis has applied to this project.  

“The design product course at Ravensbourne, strives to produce graduates who can execute designs that are relevant and desirable to users; feasible for production and highly innovative. This project clearly demonstrates this ethos, well done Lewis".

Lewis has also recently designed an air freshener that blended in with its environment and dispersed fragrance for which he won an Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining Silver Starpack Award.

The efforts of our graduating students were rewarded on Friday (23 June) at The Degree Show awards ceremony which celebrated the finest student talent at the end of the three day showcase.

Ceremonies included presentations and awards from the different schools and departments within Ravensbourne. The School of Design was first up and was followed by a special Director’s Award. The afternoon brought more awards and celebration from the School of Media and was finally brought to a close with the Ravensbourne Awards in the evening.

VIPs and industry leaders flocked to Ravensbourne on the evening of Wednesday (21 June) to take a look at some of the hard work of our creative minds who will themselves shortly be entering the global creative sector. In a special reception hosted by Director Linda Drew attendees were told the news we had been awarded a Silver award in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

At this year’s degree show colourful ribbons adorned the balconies and reception and became a talking point for all visitors.

An annual event, The Degree Show is entirely led by students with the help of staff.

Degree Show Team Producer, Esme Simcox said: “The team worked extremely hard and I’m really delighted with the final result. It’s fantastic to see everyone’s work come together. I’d encourage second and first year students to get involved as it's a lot of fun and you get to meet different people from a range of different courses. It’s also an opportunity to get some ideas for your degree show!”

Director Linda Drew said: “I’d like to commend The Degree Show Team and all those who helped to make this year’s degree show such a success.”

“It’s always an honour to see our students’ work exhibited in this way and this year was no exception. Well done everyone.”


Photo courtesy of: Hannah Williams/ Esme Simcox/ Cesca Davey 


A full list of award winners can be found below: 

School of Design

 

Alpha Award

Ella Willies

 

Design Products Award

Lewis Calderwood

 

Graphic Design Major Project Award

Terrie Ferdinand

 

Architecture Award

Jay Jordan

 

Interior Design Environment Architectures (IDEA) Award

Erdi Bal

 

Fashion Award

Chloe Menzies

 

Accessory Award

Sophie Dark

 

Fashion Promotion Award

Charlotte Pavitt

 

Contribution to Design Award

Mina Kalvoey

 

Director’s Award

Nadezda Vizzacja

  

School of Media

 

Codec Award

Harry Difolco

 

Foley Award

Chris Murray

 

Score Award

Eliza Daly

 

The Exposure Award

Avery Holland

 

Vector Award

Daniel Longe/ Malachi Duncan

 

Blockbuster Award

Jasmin John

 

Pilot Award

Gareth Clarke

 

Editing and Post Production Grading Award

Franco Soto Cuen

 

Tech Award

Andrew Seeds

 

The Avid Contribution to Media Award

Jameisha Prescod

 

Ravensbourne Awards

 

SU Award

Alice Groves

 

Incubation Lite Award

Balazs Kovacs, Harry Dilfolco, Daniel Longe, Malachi Duncan

 

Innovation - 02

Abanoub Reyad

 

Distinguished Dissertation Award

Shaquilla Alexander 

 

The efforts of our graduating students were rewarded on Friday (23 June) at The Degree Show awards ceremony which celebrated the finest student talent at the end of the three day showcase.

Ceremonies included presentations and awards from the different schools and departments within Ravensbourne. The School of Design was first up and was followed by a special Director’s Award. The afternoon brought more awards and celebration from the School of Media and was finally brought to a close with the Ravensbourne Awards in the evening.

VIPs and industry leaders flocked to Ravensbourne on the evening of Wednesday (21 June) to take a look at some of the hard work of our creative minds who will themselves shortly be entering the global creative sector. In a special reception hosted by Director Linda Drew attendees were told the news we had been awarded a Silver award in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

At this year’s degree show colourful ribbons adorned the balconies and reception and became a talking point for all visitors.

An annual event, The Degree Show is entirely led by students with the help of staff.

Degree Show Team Producer, Esme Simcox said: “The team worked extremely hard and I’m really delighted with the final result. It’s fantastic to see everyone’s work come together. I’d encourage second and first year students to get involved as it's a lot of fun and you get to meet different people from a range of different courses. It’s also an opportunity to get some ideas for your degree show!”

Director Linda Drew said: “I’d like to commend The Degree Show Team and all those who helped to make this year’s degree show such a success.”

“It’s always an honour to see our students’ work exhibited in this way and this year was no exception. Well done everyone.”

A full list of award winners can be found below:

School of Design

Alpha Award

Ella Willies

Design Products Award

Lewis Calderwood

Graphic Design Major Project Award

Terrie Ferdinand

Architecture Award

Jay Jordan

Interior Design Environment Architectures (IDEA) Award

Erdi Bal

Fashion Award

Chloe Menzies

Accessory Award

Sophie Dark

Fashion Promotion Award

Charlotte Pavitt

Contribution to Design Award

Mina Kalvoey

Director’s Award

Nadezda Vizzacja

 

School of Media

Codec Award

Harry Difolco

Foley Award

Chris Murray

Score Award

Eliza Daly

The Exposure Award

Avery Holland

Vector Award

Daniel Longe/ Malachi Duncan

Blockbuster Award

Jasmin John

Pilot Award

Gareth Clarke

Editing and Post Production Grading Award

Franco Soto Cuen

Tech Award

Andrew Seeds

The Avid Contribution to Media Award

Jameisha Prescod


Ravensbourne Awards

SU Award

Alice Groves

Incubation Lite Award

Balazs Kovacs, Harry Dilfolco, Daniel Longe, Malachi Duncan

Innovation - 02

Abanoub Reyad

Distinguished Dissertation Award

Shaquilla Alexander


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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.

 


VRUK

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



Learn X Design

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.

Keynotes speakers:

  • Jo Twist from UKIE
  • Dori Tunstall from OCAD
  • Susan Orr from UAL

D&AD New Blood Festival

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.




New Designers

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:

Twitter: @thedegreeshow

Instagram: thedegreeshow

Facebook: facebook.com/thedegreeshow

We hope to see you there!


 

Ravensbourne’s fashion students shone at Graduate Fashion Week with two winning awards, 7 runners up and many others being shortlisted.

Nathalie Clarkson, BA (Hons) Fashion Promotion, won the Boohoo Social Media Award for the social media campaign around the development of her ethical multi-brand website, “Sourced”.

Her campaign surrounded Earth Day and encouraged young people to post their own activist Instagram posts using the hashtag  #Climatechangeisreal.

 Elizabeth Bishop also on the BA (Hons) Fashion Promotion course won the Drapers Publication Award for the development of her brand “Eternal” which provides a community platform for women over the age of forty.

Fashion students were also profiled as “ones to watch” in prominent industry press such as Vogue, Hunger, Drapers and other magazines such as Marie Claire.

BA (Hons) Fashion Accessory Design student Ellen Brown recently had her collection profiled in Notion magazine.

She said: “My collection “Panopticon” was inspired by Brexit, and the feeling of being confined to the UK. I took a lot of inspiration from 1970s industrial action as well as contemporary forms of protest such as wearing a safety pin to show solidarity, which is reflected in the collection.”

“The course has really helped me learn different techniques and apply those techniques to my ideas. I’ve learnt a lot about the business aspect of fashion as well which has been invaluable.

Associate Dean of the Department of Fashion, Caroline Gilbey said: “The students have worked extremely hard and we’re all so proud of their success. We’re looking forward to seeing them graduate and seeing what they’ll go on to do next.”

Fashion student Grace Grier was recently awarded an internship with Burberry in a nationwide competition whilst fellow student Terry Cartwright-Foster won the British Fashion Council Award and from that success he then secured a position as designer at international clothing brand Stradivarius in Spain starting this month.  

A full list of the winners, runners up and shortlisted students can be found below:

Winners

Drapers Publication Award: Elizabeth Bishop

Boohoo Social Media Award: Nathalie Clarkson


Runners up

ASOS Future Talent Award - Design: Chloe Menzies

ASOS Future Talent Award - Communications & New Fashion Media: Ellie Burns

Sainsbury’s Tu Scholarship Menswear: Brier Holloway

Fashion Marketing Award: Caitlin Banton

YKK Accessories Award: Ellen Brown & Sam Martin-Harper

Bonmarché Fashion for All Award: Zara Quinlan

Fashion Marketing Award: Caitlin Banton


Shortlisted

Sainsbury’s Tu Scholarship Womenswear & Mothercare Childrenswear Award: Chloe Bates

David Band Textiles Award: Helena Robens

Fashion Marketing Award: Joshua Cologne

Fashion Photography Award: Flavia Neziraj

3INA Styling & Creative Direction Award: Max Saward



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.


London Bridge incident

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 studentservices@rave.ac.uk 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:

Security passes

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.

Visitors

Anyone expecting a visitor must notify Front of House by email 24 hours in advance and provide the following information:

  • Visitors name

  • 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.

Vigilance

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.

 

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