Critical Creative Digital: Shaping the university in a networked era

Worktable from DEL

01 Dec 2017

10am to 4pm

How can the university sector take advantage of the positive, creative opportunities of digital? Join us for an exploration of the digital in learning, teaching and making.


This Teaching Platform will interrogate the tensions between network (the Web) and hierarchy (the institution) to explore an ideal creative university for the networked era.

Alongside this exploration we will celebrate current practice in the ‘Digital UAL’ (DUAL) expo, bringing together inspiring responses to digital in teaching, learning and making from across the university.

Who should attend?
Anyone with an interest in the digital in a Higher Educational setting. 

This event is free.  Lunch is included.

All external guests please book a place using the form below.
The Digital UAL Expo is open to all UAL staff, no booking needed.  UAL staff attending the other talks and workshops please book a place via the form below.


09.30 - 10.00Registration
10.00 - 10.40Digital Craft in a Post Digital University
David Crow 
10.40 - 11.30Burnt!: Activity & discussion
Dave White and David Webster 
11.40 - 11.45Coffee break
11.45 - 12.45                    Connecting Course and Network
David Barnett 
12.45 - 1.30Lunch
1.30 - 2.30Digital UAL Expo
2.30 - 2.45Coffee break
2.45 - 3.30                               How does the massified higher education system operate in a networked era? (Panel Discussion, including Judith Aston)
3.30 - 4.00Reflection, summary and close

Speaker Biographies

Judith Aston is a a longstanding member of the Film Department at the University of the West of England. Having first worked as a researcher with the BBC's world leading Interactive Television Unit and as a Producer on various interactive media projects, she came to UWE in the late 1990s to bring new media perspectives to a largely traditional suite of courses. Alongside her teaching and curriculum development work, she also co-founded and continues to co-direct i-Docs ( which runs bi-annual symposia on evolving documentary practices. As an interdisciplinary practitioner, with a background in anthropology, film and interaction design, consideration of how networks impact on hierarchies has always been a central theme in her work.

David Barnett has worked both as a technician and an academic at Chelsea College of Arts since 2001 and is currently course leader BA Graphic Design Communication. His multidisciplinary graphic design and digital scenography practice has him working across traditional and experimental contexts, often collaborating with designers and artists such as Bruce McLean.

David Crow is Pro Vice-Chancellor and Head of Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon colleges.  David was previously Dean of Manchester School of Art, at Manchester Metropolitan University.  He has an interest in semiotics and has written for a number of design journals and published a number of self-authored books. This includes three editions of ‘Visible Signs: an introduction to Semiotics’, now a key text in the USA and UK, and 'Left to Right: an exploration of the cultural shift from Words to Pictures’. 

Frank Owusu is Communication Pathway Leader, CCW Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.  

David Webster is Associate Dean: Learning, Teaching and Enhancement for Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges at University of the Arts London.

Dr. Charlotte Webb is Digital Learning Coordinator at University of the Arts London, and Chief Leopard of Feminist Internet ‐ a movement addressing gender equality and the internet. Feminist Internet is part of UAL Futures, a university-wide initiative inventing the futures of education by connecting students and industry partners, and enabling them to creatively respond to social issues they care about. Her PhD, Noodle, Noodle, Cat: Extra-Subjective Agency in Web-based Art practice explored the complexities of artistic authorship under the production conditions of the web. She has delivered keynote speeches internationally including at ELIA, and Online Educa. She co-authored ‘Discovering the Post-Digital Art School’ with Professor Fred Deakin, and writes for the Huffington Post and Furtherfield Gallery. Recent art commissions and projects include We Are All Addicts Now, a series of GIFS reflecting on social media addiction for Furtherfield Gallery and artist Katriona Beales, ‘What Happens If We Push This’ ‐ a participatory workshop for Tate Exchange exploring post-work society, and The Work We Want, a participatory project funded by The Space, exploring digital labour and the future of work.

David White is Head of Technology Enhanced Learning at University of the Arts London. David has worked in various roles where digital, learning and culture meet – including Senior lecturer in visual communication; making proof-of-concept pilots for delivering media online at the BBC; managing a team of online distance learning developers at the University of Oxford, and leading numerous studies around the impact of the Web on learning and higher education.

This event is part of a series hosted by University of the Arts London, exploring key issues in art and design teaching and learning in higher education.   
Each event includes leading speakers sharing current thinking in creative education and is designed to be interactive: delegates will have opportunities to engage in activities to support networking and engagement. 

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