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It’s been a great year at Ravensbourne, with plenty of cause for celebration. We received university status officially becoming Ravensbourne University London in May; two alumni, Clare Waight Keller and Stella McCartney, designed the Duchess of Sussex’s wedding gowns; and students gained critical recognition throughout the year at acclaimed events like Graduate Fashion Week, D&AD and New Designers.

We decided to take a look back at some of our biggest highlights over the past 12 months...


Ravensbourne and Berghs School of Communication announce partnership

Ravensbourne and the Berghs School of Communication, based in Stockholm, Sweden, have 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.

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Ravensbourne students develop high fashion collections for Wrangler’s 70th anniversary celebrations

Ravensbourne’s BA (Hons) Fashion, BA (Hons) Fashion Accessory Design and BA (Hons) Fashion Buying and Brand Management developed high fashion collections for Wrangler as part of their 70th anniversary celebrations.

Students from across Ravensbourne’s Department of Fashion worked in teams to develop collections. They were judged by Steve Zades, Vice President for Global Innovation at VF Corporation; the parent company of brands including Wrangler, North Face and Timberland.

The winning team, ‘A Denim’, were awarded £1,800. Comprised of Simran Kaur, BA (Hons) Fashion Buying & Brand Management; Felicity O’Keefe, BA (Hons) Fashion Buying & Brand Management; Megan Wise, BA (Hons) Fashion Buying & Brand Management; Brenda Kuoh, BA (Hons) Fashion; Cara Dickens, BA (Hons) Fashion and Tong Zhang, BA (Hons) Fashion, their collection sought to reinterpret architectural features such as extensions and paneling, paying close attention to creating hidden details within their designs.

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Broadcast technology student wins International Moving Image Society Award

Max May, who studied on the BSc (Hons) Broadcast Systems Technology course was awarded an International Moving Image Society Award (IMIS).

Max was awarded the Chief Engineers of Facilities Forum (ChEFF) award for his third year work which he exhibited at last year’s degree show. His project was a live virtual reality (VR) production suite involving 360 degree cameras which then fed into a vision mixer to broadcast pre-recorded footage of the degree show being set up. This was then streamed to the internet and could be viewed via Google Daydream/Oculus Rift.

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Ravensbourne sessional lecturer, Alys Tomlinson, named Photographer of the Year at the Sony World Photography Awards

Ravensbourne Sessional Lecturer for Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, Alys Tomlinson, won the $25,000 top prize at the Sony World Photography Awards. Now in its 12th year, The Sony World Photography Awards takes place annually, run in collaboration with the World Photography Organisation (WPO).

The award was given to Alys in recognition of her 'Ex Voto' project, a deeply personal series of black and white photographs taken at pilgrimage sites including Lourdes in France, Ballyvourney in Ireland and Grabarka in Poland. Outside of her role at Ravensbourne, Alys works as a commercial photographer for clients from a range of different industries.

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Ravensbourne becomes 'Ravensbourne University London' after being awarded university status

Ravensbourne has been awarded university status by the Privy Council, officially becoming 'Ravensbourne University London'. The institution has offered degree level courses for many years which have been validated by University of Arts London. In August of last year Ravensbourne gained Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) and now has the power to award its own degrees.

Director, Professor Linda Drew said: “The awarding of university status acknowledges Ravensbourne’s academic integrity as a higher education institution with rigorous standards and academic governance. It’s a further endorsement of the quality (and breadth) of learning offered here.”

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Ravensbourne alumni design both royal wedding dresses worn by Meghan Markle at her wedding to Prince Harry

Both wedding and evening gowns worn by Ms Meghan Markle at her wedding to His Royal Highness Prince Harry were designed by graduates of Ravensbourne’s Department of Fashion.

Ms Markle chose Clare Waight Keller, who graduated from Ravensbourne in the 1990s to design her stunning floor length gown for the ceremony in St George’s Chapel in Windsor on Saturday. The bride later changed into a lily white halter dress for the evening reception at Frogmore House designed by another of Ravensbourne’s graduates, Stella McCartney.

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Ravensbourne student named ‘Best in Show’ at the Student Starpack Awards

A total of seven of Ravensbourne's BA (Hons) Product Design students were recognised at this year’s Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) Student Starpack Awards.

Iris Bacar was named category winner for her entry to the ‘Creating Second Life Products - Recycling Awareness’ category, additionally she was also recognised as ‘Best in Show’. Her design aimed to increase recycling awareness using plaswood - a substance made from recycled polythene that has a lifespan at least ten times the timber alternative. She received a £300 prize and an opportunity to visit recycled products manufacturer RPC BPI’s design studio.

Additionally, Robert Jones was given a gold prize for his entry to ‘The Future Milk Bottle’ category, and Zofia Chrabaszcz and Lorenzo Daquipil were awarded silver prizes for their entries to the ‘Creating Second Life Products - Recycling Awareness’ and ‘The Future Milk Bottle’ categories respectively.

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Five Ravensbourne finalists at Graduate Fashion Week 2018

Three Ravensbourne students made the finalists lists for the GFW18 Awards, with a further two named in the 25 ‘Best of Graduate Fashion Week’ list at the Gala Show.

BA (Hons) Fashion Promotion student Megan Davies achieved second place in the ‘BOOHOO Social Media Award’ for her gender neutral makeup brand ‘Skin’, out of multiple entries from across the university sector for this award. BA (Hons) Fashion Buying and Brand Management student Abeni Carvalho achieved second place in the ‘Mothercare Childrenswear Award’ for ‘Project Panda’, a multi-purpose unisex childrenswear brand that aims to excite and educate on the environment. BA (Hons) Fashion Buying and Brand Management student Ellie Rocks scooped second place in the prestigious and highly competitive ‘New Business Award’ with ‘Wurvy’, an adaptive streetwear brand designed to be disability friendly.

Additionally, two of Ravensbourne’s BA (Hons) Fashion students made the final 25 students recognised in the ‘Best of Graduate Fashion Week’ list.

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Students excel at the Ravensbourne Degree Show

The Ravensbourne Degree Show is an annual event celebrating the creative achievements of students, offering industry figures and members of the public the opportunity to view and interact with their projects. Produced entirely by students, this three day exhibition celebrates the work of Ravensbourne’s undergraduate and further education students.

As part of the event, Ravensbourne hosted the Ravensbourne Awards, a chance to recognise the creative innovations of graduating students. This year sponsors for the different categories included The O2, independent film festival Raindance, and HoloPortal, a company which provides mixed reality holographic experiences.

Following this, industry professionals including the likes of Tim Bevan from Working Title Films and TV presenter and stand-up comedian Andi Osho visited Ravensbourne to meet students, and explore the various departments.

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Clare Waight Keller visits the Ravensbourne Degree Show

Clare Waight Keller, artistic director of Givenchy and designer of Meghan Markle’s wedding gown, visited the Ravensbourne Degree Show viewing student work and speaking with staff and students.

Clare visited the afternoon before the official opening, looking around the various departments and joining staff for a celebration of Ravensbourne’s announcement of university title.

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Ravensbourne scholarships awarded to homeless young people through Accumulate

Three scholarships to Ravensbourne’s Access to Higher Education course were announced as part of their partnership with youth homelessness charity, Accumulate.

Jahmel Anderson Hendricks and Lisalouise MacGregor who are both currently residing in London hostels, as well as Max Sita-Mbele from Freedom From Torture were awarded scholarships funded by Straight Forward Design, Brickworks London and Ruth Keetch, Ravensbourne Governor respectively.

Additionally, Patricia Webster from Evolve Housing and Zakaria Mayahi Manesh from the East London YMCA Hostel were also awarded places on the Access to Higher Education course.

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Ravensbourne students pick up a host of awards at the D&AD New Blood Festival

A total of four Ravensbourne projects were recognised with D&AD Pencils at the global digital advertising and design association’s New Blood Awards ceremony, held at the opening of their New Blood Festival.

BA (Hons) Motion Graphics student Alexandra Binding was awarded a Wooden Pencil for her Hellmann's Mayonnaise 'In This Together' campaign; BA (Hons) Graphic Design students Eleni Caulcott, Laura King and Kira Vosper worked together on 'Handslator' a project responding to D&AD’s 'Dropbox Paper' brief, requesting ‘design which makes a difference’; and two of Ravensbourne’s BA (Hons) Digital Advertising and Design students were also named winners, both recognised for their entries to the 'McKinsey Digital' brief, which called on participants to ‘digitise a financial revolution’.

Joshua Burgess was awarded a Yellow Pencil for 'Droplet', a crowd-sourced reserve currency fund that gives people financial stability in countries with a high level of currency volatility. Joe Durr was given a Wooden Pencil for 'Key Pool', a cashless system that provides a revolutionary answer to Europe’s homelessness problem.

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Ravensbourne product design student wins the LEGO Award at New Designers

Sarah Saggiante from Ravensbourne’s BA (Hons) Product Design course has won the LEGO Award at this year’s New Designers for her non-gendered toy encouraging children to embrace difference, ‘The Eeples’.

New Designers is an annual celebration of creative talent, hosting over 3,000 breakthrough designers from universities across the UK. The event takes place across two weeks, the first week dedicated to textiles, fashion, ceramics and design crafts, the second featuring architecture, product design, illustration and digital arts.

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Marice Cumber named in Creative Review’s 'Creative Leaders 50'

Marice Cumber, Work Based Learning Co-ordinator at Ravensbourne has been selected by Creative Review as one of their top 50 creative leaders for this year, alongside the likes of Björk and Gal-Dem editor Liv Little.

'Creative Leaders 50' is an annual scheme by Creative Review intended to celebrate, educate and inspire those who are leading creative businesses, organisations and teams. They feature 50 individuals who Creative Review feel are leaders in their field – from advertising and design, to the arts, media, culture and tech sectors as well as those working in-house within brands and other organisations.

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Ravensbourne hosts the postgraduate degree show as part of London Design Festival

 This year, Ravensbourne hosted its Postgraduate Degree Show at the Ugly Duck in London Bridge. The show was included as part of the London Design Festival for the second year running, an event which "celebrates and promotes London as the design capital of the world".

'Critical Presence' showcased interdisciplinary design works, fashion and art installations from postgraduate students representing 18 different nations. A range of work was exhibited including fashion projects highlighting issues such as gender equality, racial stereotyping and the erosion of localised manufacturing traditions, immersive virtual reality experiences, animatronic models intended for use in science fiction and 3D data visualisation projects.

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Peace garden designed by Ravensbourne’s Department of Architecture students unveiled in Southwark

A peace garden designed for victims of knife crime has been unveiled at the Walworth Methodist Church in Southwark, London. Students from BA (Hons) Interior Design Environment Architectures and BA (Hons) Architecture were challenged by the Southwark community to design and build a garden for people affected by knife crime to reflect, and to escape day-to-day societal problems earlier this year, with a winning concept chosen in June.

‘Our Garden’, a concept designed by Joshua Welch, Malachy Safsaf and Qudus Patrick was awarded first place for their design which incorporated three distinct areas, themed around ‘reflection’, ‘relief’ and ‘resolution’. The group sought to create intimate seating pockets to encourage interaction, aiming to make their design “as simple as possible, but also as impactful as possible”.

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BA (Hons) Advertising and Brand Design students design Thames Skills Academy recruitment campaign

Five of Ravensbourne BA (Hons) Advertising and Brand Design students worked on a professional brief for the Thames Skills Academy, a training association supported by Transport for London and the Port of London Authority.

A campaign developed by third year students Khubrooh Hussain, Ryah Doherty, Lauren Jones, Nicholas Berreen and Harry Wilson was selected following a shortlisting process open to the entire year group. They then worked with the team at the Thames Skills Academy to refine their campaign, aimed at persuading skilled professionals to consider a career working on the Thames with companies like Thames Clipper and City Cruises.

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Product design student wins Pro Carton Young Designers Award

Third year BA (Hons) Product Design student Bilaal Khan won the UK Pro Carton Young Designers Award for his packaging design, which incorporates veganism into the recent trend for food kits.

Bilaal created an easy to use, carton-based design for a new vegan food kit. It used minimal materials to construct, making it more cost-effective and as environmentally friendly as possible. With the volume of those eating eco-friendly diets increasing, the need for packaging to match the sustainable ethics of these consumers is of key importance.

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Ravensbourne University London hosts Class of 2018 graduation at the Barbican Centre

Ravensbourne presented their Class of 2018 graduation ceremonies at the iconic Barbican Centre again this year, with both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees awarded to School of Media and School of Design graduates.

Dr. Jo Twist OBE, was awarded a Visiting Professorship during the ceremony, in recognition of her many contributions to Ravensbourne and actor, writer, award-winning stand-up comedian and filmmaker Andi Osho, was also conferred the title of Honorary Fellow during the ceremony. Andi studied Television Programme Operations at Ravensbourne, completing the Higher National Diploma in 1993.

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Motion graphics alumna wins Best Newcomer Design at the PromaxBDA UK Awards

Alice Parker, who graduated from BA (Hons) Motion Graphics in 2017 was awarded gold in the Best Newcomer Design category at the Promax and Broadcast Design Association (BDA) UK Creative and Marketing Excellence Awards.

The awards are considered one of the key events of the year for creative television marketing, promotion, branding and design industry professionals in the UK. Alice was nominated by Discovery Creative London, who submitted five ident animations she created to promote their shows while working at the company.

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