Blog from January, 2017

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.

A Year in Review - 2016

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 awarded HEFCE Social Innovation Grant

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).



VRUK Festival

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 Ogilvy win 2016 National Award for
Student Employability

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 And Ogilvy


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.

animation background

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.

Happy Gradates


Ravensbourne shortlisted for THE Leadership and Management Awards 2016

Ravensbourne was shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards (THELMAs) for ‘Outstanding Student Services Team’.


BA (Hons) Architecture student wins AIA UK Student Design Award

BA (Hons) Architecture student Tonderai Maboreke was  awarded the prestigious American Institute of Architects (AIA) UK Noel Hill Student Award.                     

Tonderai Maboreke


Ravensbourne launch the first partnership materials library in the UK

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 material library in the study zone

Ravensbourne showcase space collection with European Space Agency

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.

Space couture outifits on the runway


The Degree Show goes out with a bang!

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 help launch the new Tate Modern

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 wins NADFAS Young People Award

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 wins a Stationers’ Company Innovation Excellence Award

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.   
Stationer's award

Ravensbourne scholarship awarded to young hostel resident

A scholarship for an Access to Higher Education Diploma in Creative and Digital Media at Ravensbourne was awarded to homeless young person, Sam Adesanya.                                      

Ravensbourne scholarship awarded to young hostel resident Sam Adesanya


Ravensbourne graphic design student wins Creative Conscience Award

BA (Hons) Graphic Design student Medeea Lascar Bahneanu won a Creative Conscience Award for her campaign on the decline of bees.                                                                        
To Bee Or Not To Be

Ravensbourne in top third of UK institutions for student employability

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.

Smiling portrait full body graduates


Ravensbourne identity rebrand wins Brand Impact Award

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.

Brand 1

Students’ work from 22 countries represented at this year’s postgraduate degree show

Postgraduate students’ work from twenty two different countries was displayed at Ravensbourne to form Superhuman, this year’s postgraduate degree show.   

Postgraduate Kinetic Sculpture


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. 

Haus pictures

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.
Tim Payne


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.

Graduates frame smiling

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.

Mozilla Fest 2016 Young Woman Smiling


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.

Cropped Jeans Pic

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.

Model Using Holo Portal Studio

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.”  

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