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01 Jan 2014

2013: A year in review

A year in review



Ravensbourne makes top 100

Ravensbourne was ranked as one of the top 100 European design schools by well-established Italian magazine, Domus. Ravensbourne's undergraduate Design Interactions and postgraduate Interactive Product Futures courses were featured in the supplement of the December issue.

A ferociously fresh celebration

Ravensbourne was a fitting setting for the launch of Schon magazine’s ‘the Future is now’ issue, which showcased all things innovative in a ferociously fresh way.

As well as being the first to see Schon’s latest offering, attendees witnessed 3D printing in action, 3D films and installations from stars of the future.

Other January highlights; Delegation of senior advisors from BET


Member of Parliament on campus

Ed Vaizey Minister Of Education

Ed Vaizey, Member of Parliament (MP), Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, visited Ravensbourne to see the facilities and campus.

Ravensbourne’s director and CEO, Professor Robin Baker, said: “I’m delighted that Mr Vaizey was able to come to Ravensbourne, meet so many talented individuals and enjoy our latest cutting-edge technologies. I’m confident that this visit marks the first step in a special relationship with the Minister, and will encourage other Members of Parliament to visit Ravensbourne and explore our vision of innovation and collaboration.”

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Other February highlights; Professor Robin Baker was the keynote speaker at The Mauritius International Knowledge Investment Forum (MIKIF): an annual event organised by the Mauritian Board of Investment (BOI) to showcase investment opportunities and latest trends in the education sector.



3D corgi thrills a Prince

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Amber Ryan, a second year BA (Hons) Animation student at Ravensbourne, met HRH Screen Shot 2013-12-20 At 11.27.25The Duke of York when he visited the thriving start-up technology hub in London’s Tech City. Amber presented The Duke with a 3D printed model of a Welsh corgi, the breed of dog loved by The Queen. Amber spoke of The Duke’s delight at receiving the special gift: “I was surprised to discover that Prince Andrew already knew quite a lot about the process; once I’d mentioned that it was 3D printed. I loved meeting him and he seemed thrilled with the gift.”

Other March highlights; Ofsted’s report for 2012-13 has awarded Ravensbourne as ‘Good’. Watch the report.


Doing our bit to Save the Artic

Ravensbourne postgraduate students (representing MA Animation Futures, MA/MSc Broadcast Futures, and MA/MSc Interactive Digital Media) provided a lot of the expertise and creative content to a film commissioned by Greenpeace to launch their Save the Arctic campaign.

The film was projected onto the side of a large building in central London to a mass audience. The show utilised the students’ expertise in building projection mapping, a technique that employs visual illusions to play with the architecture of a building, as well as visual effects and animation.

Ravensbourne and International 3D Society hosts first 3D creative summit

The two-day event, attended by over 500 delegates, celebrated the best 3D films and television programmes of the year, and was produced by Carrie Wooten, Head of commercial development, and her team at Ravensbourne.

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Renowned film director, Ang Lee, who scooped the 2013 best director Oscar for “Life of Pi”, was among the line up held at the British Film Institute (BFI). Other speakers included: Sir David Attenborough; Dreamworks Animation’s Jim Mainard and Phil McNally; John Cassy, Director, Sky 3D; Jim Chabin, president of the International 3D Society; Anthony Geffen, executive producer of Attenborough’s Galapagos 3D; Cameron Saunders, managing director of UK Theatrical at 20th Century Fox; and Robert Neuman, stereoscopic department head from Disney Animation Studios.

Carrie Wooten said: ''This exciting event celebrated the exceptional 3D work being produced in the UK and international markets.”

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Talking design with The Walt Disney Company

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Our pre-foundation diploma students met representatives from The Walt Disney Company’s strategic philanthropy department to pitch their design ideas for a new project that merges art with science. The students competed in the UK ArtScience Prize, a national competition funded through The Walt Disney Company, that brings new creative thinking into contact with science.

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Student Charter launches


Ravensbourne is a community committed to equality of opportunity. Watch this short video that brought Ravensbourne and its students commitment to each other to life.

Ravensbourne is in Vogue

Ravensbourne was proud to welcome Alexandra Shulman OBE, editor-in-chief of British Vogue. She met with students for an informal talk about the world-famous magazine.

HOBBS competition

Jessica Gowens (see left, sporting one of her designs), BA (Hons) Fashion, saw her woolly design in Hobbs shops after winning a competition by the Hobbs clothing chain.


Graduate Fashion Week

The Degree Show 2013

The annual degree show showcased a complete amalgamation of all Ravensbourne’s graduating students’ work.

The show focused on interactivity and energy, all creative industries have become more interactive and we wanted to embrace that.

Tracey Murray, Ravensbourne student and managing director of the degree show 2013, said: “We had had enough of ‘safe ideas’ and wanted to create a show that reflected the students’ development at Ravensbourne, and not just what’s in their course briefs."

The Degree Show 2013 from Ravensbourne (Official account) on Vimeo.

Graphic success

James Greenaway, BA (Hons) Graphic Design, and Max Seabrooke, BA (Hons) Product Design, won a Yellow Pencil for their submission 'Mobius' in the Student D&AD BBC digital category.

D&AD represents global creative, design and advertising communities and celebrates brilliance in commercial creativity through its trademark of the Yellow Pencil awards which are highly respected, and regarded as a major event in the world of design and advertising.

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Ravensbourne gains BKSTS accreditation

All four of Ravensbourne's broadcast technology courses were awarded the professional industry-based BKSTS accreditation, the only engineering courses to do so in recent years. (See left, Martin uren, Subject Leader for Broadcast Technology receives the accreditation)

The BKSTS (British Kinematograph, Sound and Television Society) is a professional body uniquely placed to assure, encourage and support industry relevance in moving image and media production courses. With a professional membership working in the world’s film and media industries, BKSTS has strong associations with many of the leading companies and organisations in the field.


Ravensbourne unveils new website

August saw the launch of our new website, redesigned to reflect the innovation and creativity happening inside the building.

Within the first month the website was noted as one of the most improved sites in a respected Index Website Review (Sitemorse), 'hurtling' up the ratings, jumping from 245th place to position 34th.

“From my perspective it is an inspiring learning tool. Beautiful execution’’ - Ravenbourne student

“Loving the Ravensbourne website, by far the coolest university website I’ve ever seen. Check it!” – Twitter comment

“Whoever has put this together has set a tone about Ravensbourne” - Ravenbourne student

August RTSawards

RTS Young Technologist Award

Ravensbourne alumnus, Daniel Cherowbrier(see picture, left) with his course leader Dr Freddie Gaffney (see picture, right) was this year’s winner of The Royal Television Society’s Young Technologist Award. Daniel graduated in BSc (Hons) Broadcast Technology.


Ravensbourne hosts Social Media Week – LAGOSCampus party

The Social Media Week – Lagos conference featured a line-up of industry specialist who explored and considered how Africans across London and the world have been incorporating social media into their social, political, economical and creative lives.

Will Pearson, director of technology at Ravensbourne, said: “At Ravensbourne we see social media as a very exciting space, as a level playing field where our highly creative student population can develop, mix and share ideas with a global array of companies. We are immensely proud that Social Media Week - Lagos selected Ravensbourne as the venue to showcase Nigerian innovation; the event will give our students and the UK tech community a unique insider’s view into one of the world’s fastest growing mobile and tech markets.”

Ravensbourne does Campus Party

Student ambassadors of Ravensbourne got involved at Campus Party, a week-long technology festival at the London 02 in September, billed as “Glastonbury for geeks”.


Virtual induction


The student induction process went digital at Ravensbourne for the first time when a group of academic staff created an induction trail that enabled students to explore the building whilst using tablets loaded with specialist software. Students were able to scan bar codes displayed around the building that lead them into further tasks such as creating videos, recording themselves speaking and using built in compasses, all designed to help them discover more facts about their course, facilities and new environment.

 The students responded really well to the initiative and enjoyed the digital experience. Some comments included: ‘Best morning, ever!’ and ‘Interesting, informative, very clever and advanced, fun, eye-opening’.



The perfect partner: Mozilla Festival

Mozilla is a free software community best known for producing the Firefox web browser, and for the third year running, Ravensbourne hosted their festival. It was an opportunity for passionate thinkers and inventors to come together to learn from one another and engage in conversation about how the web can do better.

Michelle Thorne, Mozilla Festival director said: “I can't overstate how much Ravensbourne is the perfect partner for the festival. We really benefited from your skills, kindness and experience”.

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A real honour: World Architecture Festival

Layton Reid, Subject Leader, BA (Hons) Architecture/IDEA’s and a group of his BA (Hons) students jetted off to Singapore to attend the World Architecture Festival. The trip was a real honour as no other Higher Education Institution was asked to participate in this event.


Penrose Festival

For another year, Ravensbourne’s third year undergraduate students excelled when they showcased and sold a range of merchandise at the Penrose Festival.

Everything they produced was made to a strict brief, all tiems had to cost no more than a pound and be made from recycled materials.

Recognised by The Global Entrepreneurship Team, students were awarded with a ‘Global Entrepreneurship High Impact award’, which was a great achievement.

A spokesperson for The Global Entrepreneurship Team said: “We’d like to congratulate you on this achievement and thank you for playing such an important role in the success of Global Entrepreneurship Week. The success of the entire campaign rests on the commitment of organisations such as yourself, so we hope you enjoyed being part of the 2013 campaign”.

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Ravensbourne hosted a milestone in online video distribution when it streamed live the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Richard II, starring the increasingly ubiquitous David Tennant. The production was seen live by more than 30,000 schoolchildren around the UK, and was the first time something like this had been done on such a large scale.

Director speaks at British Council event in Nigeria

Director and CEO of Ravensbourne, Professor Robin Baker, spoke at a British Council event in Nigeria to mark collaboration between education partners. Professor Baker spoke of core values and how Ravensbourne champions creativity and collaboration.

“We are proud to be working with Courteville Business Solutions, a leading Nigerian technology company, to provide an innovative solution to the ever-increasing global demand for quality creative education”, said Professor Baker.


Wearable Futures

Ravensbourne hosted Wearable Futures, an event that celebrated the fusion between technology and fashion.

Carrie Wooten, head of commercial development, said: “The inaugural Wearable Futures event successfully brought together industry representatives from across sectors to discuss and debate this emerging area. With over 300 people in attendance and 529K audience reached online, Ravensbourne is now leading the field in showcasing the developments in and around wearable technology”.

Ravensbourne Digital Film students win the '3minutes' competition

The purpose of the competition was to give university students a taste of professional media practice, to improve their employability prospects within the industry, and to use ‘For 3 Minutes’ as a launch pad for their careers. Watch the winning entry (below).

Ravensbourne at The Andaz Liverpool Street Hotel


A golden ape adorned by a Santa hat along with a barrel of gold 3D-printed monkeys that cascade down the lobby’s rotunda with mistletoe in their hands, was designed by Ravensbourne and Bobby Patmore from Inspitalfields. The display provide the centre piece for a Liverpool Street hotel’s Christmas display entitled ‘Andaz Goes Ape’.


Reindeer goes 3D

Ravensbourne’s Christmas card was again designed by students and this year featured both a conventional card and the instructions to build-your-own reindeer from specially designed laser cut Perspex pieces.

We hope you had a very happy holidays and extend a warm welcome back to Ravensbourne!

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