The Art of Enterprise & Employability – designing an approach for an art, design and communication HEI

Students gathered near display

27 Jun 2018

9.30am to 4.30pm

Does the art & design environment call for a unique expression of employability and enterprise learning? How can employability and enterprise be embedded in the art, design, and communication curriculum? If you are wrestling with these questions then this day is for you.

Over the course of this event you will learn about how the sector is responding to these challenges.  We will also share the Creative Attributes Framework, which is UAL’s response, along with some examples that show how it could support the art, design and communication HE sector. 


Who should attend?
Anyone with an interest in careers and employability in the art and design higher education sector.

This event is free.  Lunch is included.

Please book a place using the form below.

The programme of speakers and workshop activities will be confirmed shortly.  

09.30 - 10.00       Registration
10.00 - 11.00  Session 1 - Workshop
Creative Attributes Framework (CAF): An approach to embedding Enterprise and Employability in the curriculum. 

Ismaril Wells and Ellen Hanceri, Careers & Employability, UAL

A chance to reflect on the teaching and learning of a set of attributes, qualities and behaviours which help to prepare our students for their professional futures. In so doing, we will consider our own creative attributes and experience aspects of the UAL CAF, as a mapping exercise. We will also invite you to take away a workshop pack to explore with colleagues in your own time. 
11.00 - 11.15Coffee break
11.30 - 12.30Session 2 - Roundtable showcase
Participants move between assorted tables of presenters

- Natalie Stevens, Not Just a Shop, UAL @notjustashop
- Edwina Fitzpatrick, Course Leader, MFA Fine Art, Wimbledon College of Arts 
- Veronica Otero, London College of Communication, Business and Innovation
- Russell Martin and Nick Kaplony, Artquest @ArtquestLondon 
- Roxanne Peters, Intellectual Property Lecturer, UAL
- Duna Sabri, Researcher, UAL
- Libby Anson, Student Employability and Enterprise Manager
 The Glasgow School of Art
- Laura Vent, AL, Diploma in Professional Studies, London College of Communciation
- Adam Watling, Head of Careers, London College of Fashion

(Additions TBC)
12.30 - 1.30Lunch
1.30 - 2.30Session 3 - Keynote 
Life Drawing: conceptions of undergraduate students on the threshold
Ian Sharman, Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh

Ian's PhD research was titled “Life Drawing” and asked each of 37 final-year students from 8 art and design institutes across the UK to visually engage with the contingencies and contexts of her or his own employability. He will showcase the highly-visual research outputs and findings, and elaborate conclusions about current undergraduate conceptions around employability in the creative industries.
2.30 - 2.45Coffee break
2.45 - 3.30Session 4 - Panel Discussion
How should we approach employability across diverse student groups?
Chair: Richard Sant, Head of Careers and Employability, UAL
- Duna Sabri, Independent Researcher 
- Tessa Read, Interim Employability Manager, Careers and Employability, UAL
- Frances Odell - LCF Student Enterprise Team Coordinator
- Ade Bamgbala, Digital Marketing trainer and founder of @Blacticulate

(Additions TBC)
3.30 - 4.00Reflection, summary and close

Speaker Biographies

Libby Anson is a writer, artist, creative and professional development coach and lecturer.  She has worked in the public and private gallery sectors as a curator and a gallery educationalist. From 1990 she has been a freelance art critic and a member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) and her writing has featured in a variety of national and international publications. She is currently Student Employability and Enterprise Manager at The Glasgow School of Art, where she implementing the Enterprise Framework and Enterprise Studio programme across the School.

Ade Bamgbala is a Digital Marketing Trainer, who’s trained 50,000+ individuals, for Google, and within the last 3 years, on how to grow their business, careers or confidence, online. In addition Ade is the founder of Blacticulate: a platform that produces a Podcast and delivers Workshops and Events for underrepresented communities. Twitter @Blacticulate Instagram Blacticulate Facebook Blacticulate

Jason Copley is Associate Dean of Learning, Teaching and Enhancement at London College of Communication.

Dr Edwina Fitzpatrick is an artist, researcher and the Course Leader for the MFA Fine art course at Wimbledon College of Arts. This course focuses on how to be a resilient and professional artist.  Websites:

Ellen Hanceri is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy with 25 years university teaching experience. At UAL she combines her two roles as LCC Academic Coordinator for Enterprise and Employability and Senior Lecturer in Illustration and Visual Media, to work with staff to open up opportunities for students to collaborate with industries and expand opportunities for their professional futures. An alumna of UAL herself, she continues to develop her creative work in her London studio through printmaking and pattern design for external clients.

Nick Kaplony worked as assistant curator at the Arts Gallery London and Pump House Gallery before joining the Artquest team in June 2007. Nick is a practicing artist and freelance curator.  

Russell Martin is a graduate of The Glasgow School of Art who has lived in London since 1998. Initially working in gallery education, his self-initiated projects include workshops, residencies, peer mentoring, artist-led galleries, radio programmes, and a series of interdisciplinary arts social events. Russell is also a member of the board at Block 336 and City and Guilds of London Art School, and is an advisor for PRAKSIS, an artist residency in Oslo.

Veronica Otero works as Project Coordinator at Business and Innovation team at London College of Communication.  'Shop Front' was a pop-up design studio sited in the Elephant and Castle shopping centre, offering creative designs and support to the local businesses and traders to enhance their shop fronts and window displays and promote their businesses. We worked with five LCC graduate designers who created more than 25 visuals in consultation with the clients, and were supported by funding from Southwark’s High Street Challenge Fund.

Roxanne Peters is a Creative Rights Specialist with over 15 years experience working internationally within the cultural heritage sector and creative industries. Having worked at the V&A and at a pan-European level for digital platform Europeana Foundation, she has cultivated relationships with artists, designers and institutions to digitise and license content for cultural and commercial exchange. She has recently joined UAL as Intellectual Property Lecturer and enjoys using her practice-based knowledge to empower creatives, innovators and change-makers starting out in professional practice. Twitter: @roxrocks4

Dr Duna Sabri has conducted institutional research for UAL for 10 years, most recently completing a study of the causes of inequality in students' attainment.  She followed the progress of some 50 students UAL and beyond, gaining significant insight into the potential for engagement with industry and communities of practice to boost attainment. 

Richard Sant is Head of Careers and Employability at UALRichard is responsible for a diverse team of employability and enterprise specialists who offer job opportunities, entrepreneurship support, and workshops, along with a dedicated team supporting alumni and the wider creative community in London.

Ian Sharman is tutor in graphic design at Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh, and within the University’s Centre for Open Learning. He is Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and was research officer for the Graphic Design Educators' Network.   His own ‘life drawing’ would include Manchester Polytechnic, Glasgow College of Building & Printing, Edinburgh Napier University; a B.Sc. in Applied Computing, H.N.D. in Multimedia, M.Des. in Interdisciplinary Design, and M.A. in Graphic Design. Having been a programmer analyst of military flight simulators, a Nintendo games programmer, a police officer and trainer, an IT & communications manager, and managing director of his own company Ian is, in other words, the slightly-vintage but richly-rounded embodiment of the multi-contextual nature of the construct of employability.

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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