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Ravensbourne and Berghs School of Communication, based in Stockholm, Sweden, have today announced a partnership.

Ravensbourne, will accept students into the first year of its undergraduate programme after students have successfully completed one semester at Berghs. The students will then continue onto their second and third years at Ravensbourne to complete their degrees. The first cohort of students from Berghs will start at Ravensbourne in January 2019.

Berghs students will be eligible to apply for places on BA (Hons) Graphic Design, BA (Hons) Digital Advertising and Design, BA (Hons) Motion Graphics, BA (Hons) Design Products, BA (Hons) User-Experience and User-Interface (UX/UI) Design and BA (Hons) Illustration for Communication.

The Swedish institution champions integration between students, disciplines, business, agencies and entrepreneurs and works closely with industry. It has been appointed “School of the Year” five times by the International Future Lions competition in Cannes and 97% of its students are in work within industry six months after graduating, a figure which mirrors Ravensbourne’s high employability rate*.

Ravensbourne Director, Professor Linda Drew said: “With Berghs fantastic reputation and similar ethos and vision we felt this was a really natural partnership for Ravensbourne. I’m very much looking forward to welcoming Berghs students and exploring our partnership further in the future.”

CEO, Berghs School of Communication, Camilla Wallander said: "Berghs has set a strategic direction with an international expansion as a significant part of our future growth. We consider London as an important market and wanted to find an innovative partner there. We are incredibly pleased to start working with Ravensbourne and we see the collaboration as a dynamic combination to ensure development for our students."

 

* 19 out of 20 students are in employment or further study within 6 months of graduating (HESA 2015/16). The results are based on a national survey of 2015-2016 leavers.

The CLR booking diary is now open for bookings for term two.

Students should be able to book equipment on SiSo as normal. Please note, you are not currently able to book over Enhancement Week (Monday 12 February - Friday 16 February) on SiSo. If you wish to make a booking for Enhancement Week, please email CLR.

 

The CLR booking diary is now open for bookings for this term.

Students should be able to do this as normal on SiSo. Please note you cannot currently book over Enhancement Week (Monday 12 February - Friday 16 February) on SiSo. If you wish to make a booking for Enhancement Week, please email CLR.

Young packaging designer and alumnus of the BA (Hons) Design Products course, Balazs Kovacs has been recognised as winner of the Pro Carton UK Young Designer Competition. The accolade, awarded by Pro Carton – the European Association of Carton and Cartonboard manufacturers – and its UK counterpart, BPIF Cartons, was awarded to Kovacs for his innovative packaging concept for street food.

Kovacs’ winning design, designed during his time at Ravensbourne, is made entirely from cartonboard, offers a sustainable and environmentally-friendly solution that is both cost effective to produce and easy to use – for both consumers and vendors.

With the popularity of street food vendors rising and an estimated 2.5bn people consuming street food each day, innovative packaging concepts are required for a growing sector that values convenience and no-fuss. Speaking about its popularity, Richard Johnson, Founder of the British Street Food Awards, said: “Street food is taking over because we are choosing to eat in different ways. It is flirty, it is low-commitment dining.”

Commented on winning the competition, Balazs Kovacs said: “I’m delighted to have won. The tutors at Ravensbourne were fantastic and played a key part in my thinking for the final design, the facilities also meant my product could become a reality.”

“I believe packaging is an essential part of the quality street food experience. It is how vendors present their delicious food and how consumers interact with the products and ultimately the packaging. With my solution, I intended to design something that is complementary to the food, provides a clean and comfortable experience for the consumer, affordable for the vendor and protects our environment.”

Kovacs was recognised at an award ceremony at Ravensbourne this week. The award was presented by Tony Hitchin, General Manager of Pro Carton and Jon Clark, General Manager of BPIF Cartons. 

During his time at Ravensbourne, Balazs also won the Incubation Lite Award for his educational toy product created in partnership with web media student, Harry Difolco. As a prize, they were awarded a £1000 cash prize and a one year Incubation space which they will take up in January.

 

Ravensbourne triumphed at the Bill Vinten GTC (Guild of Television Camera Professionals) University Awards this week, winning the overall “University Trophy”.

It was the first year we entered, submitting a portfolio of films including: dance routine ‘Anemoi’, a documentary on a new whisky distillery in ‘Speyside’ and the drama, ‘Wayfaring Strangers’.

Students, Olivia Norman-Reade and James Sheriden-Vigor from the BA (Hons) Digital Film Production course reached the individual shortlist. James, for his aerial work on ‘Speyside’ and Olivia for her cinematography work on ‘Anemoi’. Student, Peter Bishop who acted as a director of photography on ‘Wayfaring Strangers’ also had the highest scoring portfolio.

Associate Senior Lecturer of BA (Hons) Digital Film Production course, Josh Fortune said: “We’re absolutely delighted to win.

“The students have worked so hard and it’s great to see their first class industry skills recognised by a prestigious industry body like GTC.”

Student, Olivia Norman-Reade said: “We had a brilliant night - I’m over the moon.

“I’d like to thank our tutors who have been really supportive and have been on hand throughout the whole process, offering expertise and encouraging our creative thinking.”

Ravensbourne students have designed a community garden for children to be built at the Robert Owen Nursery School and Children’s Centre in Greenwich.

Five students from both BA (Hons) Architecture and BA (Hons) Interior Design Environment Architectures formed “Team Magic” and went on to win the competition which was set by the school in collaboration with tutors from Ravensbourne. A total of six concepts were presented and three were shortlisted with “Team Magic” securing first place.

The team, comprising of Jed Maiden, Leah Ward, Finlay Johnson, Nusrat Hussain and Billie Miller, designed a garden with a town theme and abstract play in mind where families living in Greenwich and the surrounding areas can relax and play.

Play features in the garden are separated into 'adventure' 'challenge' and 'magic' areas. Abstract structures mimic shop fronts where children can sell home grown vegetables, introducing them to the value of money. The design also features an amphitheatre with a ‘bicycle road’, leading onto other aspects such as the existing mud kitchen. 

Student, Jed Maiden said: “We really wanted the garden to suit children of a variety of ages and personalities which is why it is designed to encompass different aspects of play which suits both introverted and extroverted children. 

"It is important that life lessons are learned from an early age and we liked the idea of incorporating that into the play which is why, for example, we introduced the road which will require learning aspects of safety”.

Headteacher of Robert Owen Nursery School and Children’s Centre, Ruth Mercer said: “We were looking for a design that reflected biodiversity and could be used by the youngest children in the community.

“Myself and the judging panel were really delighted with the outcome. The students really understood the ethos behind the project. We are now hoping our dream can become a reality.”

The school are appealing for anyone that can help build the garden.

Ruth commented: “If anyone from the local community could donate, materials, funds or their time we’d be really grateful.

“We think this will be a real asset to the local community and the surrounding areas and would love to see this built within the next few years.”

The collaboration reflects Ravensbourne’s ethos where students learn ethical sustainable ways to harness their creativity. 

The Textile Institute, a professional body with a global membership in over 80 countries, has accredited Ravensbourne's BA (Hons) Fashion Buying & Brand Management course, naming the institution as a "Chartered Associate".

Associateship, or ATI accreditations are reserved for institutions that have demonstrated "a high level of knowledge in one specialist textile area", as well as a strong general knowledge of the textile industry, and a commitment to remaining current in their field. Each application is judged by a panel of experts and ratified by the professional qualifications committee.

Commenting, Caroline Gilbey, Associate Dean for the Department of Fashion, said: "We are delighted to receive an Associateship from The Textile Institute, an organisation which is highly regarded in the global textile industry."

"Receiving this accreditation is an indication of quality and excellence of provision, which was the aspiration when we launched the course. We are honoured to be awarded this commendation through an internationally-recognised peer assessment process. This secures us a place among the leading textile education bodies around the world.

"We're passionate about equipping students with not just the theory behind fashion buying and brand management, but also practical experience in fabric selection, fitness for purpose, textile innovation, sustainability and quality management. It's great that The Textile Institute have recognised this, as well as our commitment to staying future-focused by maintaining strong industry connections."

To learn more about Ravensbourne's BA (Hons) Fashion Buying & Brand Management, visit the course profile, here.

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.

 


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