Published on January 21, 2014 | by Alana Maytum

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Professors to take UAL in new direction

London College of Communication's tower block, Elephant and Castle

Some of the new professors will be based at LCC but work across the UAL

UAL has appointed nine cross-university professors to help develop communities of practice beyond individual courses, and bring the six colleges closer.

The cross-college roles are a first for the university, which has previously only appointed professors to individual colleges.

Those chosen for the roles are creative industry professionals, and include Fred Deakin, one half of the British electronica band Lemon Jelly, leading in interactive design, and Scott King, visual communication, who created record sleeve designs for Morrissey and the Pet Shop Boys.

The other seven professorial appointments are:

  • Nick Bell: communication design;
  • Sonia Boyce: black art and design;
  • Paul Goodwin: black art and design;
  • Dominic James: cultural and visual studies;
  • Rob Kesseler: arts, design and science;
  • Lucy Orta: art in the environment;
  • David Toop: audio, culture and improvisation.

Leading force

UAL’s vice–chancellor Nigel Carrington said: “As one of the world’s largest creative communities, UAL is a leading force in how creative disciplines develop and evolve, which is why we have invested in these new roles.”

“The new professors will spearhead our continuing drive to create communities of practice; students and staff can take time out to think differently and develop new approaches to the evolution of our disciplines,” he added.

Eilidh Ross, a shoe design student at LCF, said: “I usually tell people I go to LCF, rather than UAL. None of my friends know what UAL is, but the London College of Fashion is world famous. It would be nice if the colleges were more connected.”

This is the latest move to reposition UAL; earlier moves included a new logo and website.

The programme of development includes further appointments in the future and other posts such as practitioners in residence for all subject areas.

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