Deborah Riccio, Author at The Open College of the Arts
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On winning second place in the 2016 Yeovil Literary Prize

The moment I gave my character a name (it flew unbidden into my head) he became a widower working at Arrivals and Departures in a busy airport. I made him a curmudgeonly old boy who couldn’t get used to his rebranded title of Facilities Engineer. He’d never had a decent conversation in all the 40 years he’d worked at the airport. As the story opens, he’s five days away from retirement, and about to clean the disabled toilets.

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To cite, or not to cite…

That is the question…. of plagiarism!
One of the issues that crops up repeatedly around assessment time is referencing academic writing. What do I reference? How do I reference? How do I know if it needs referencing? – all these are perfectly valid questions and frequent concerns.

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Nominations for OCASA President

In December John Umney will have served for three years as President of the OCA Students’ Association. We need to begin a process to find his replacement and this is the formal announcement of an election for that role.

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A New President

It is with great pleasure that I am able to announce that the next President of the OCA Students’ Association will be John Umney. John is a level two photography student and was elected unopposed. He will take over his OCASA responsibilities from Stan Dickinson, the inaugural President, at the end of January. John’s election statement and […]

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Election for OCASA President

As students will have seen in Stan Dickinson’s announcement last week, he is stepping down from the role of OCASA President, early next year. We need to begin a process to find his replacement and this is the formal announcement of an election for that role. The Role Stan has prepared a document (pdf here) […]

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OCASA Fine Art Representative – Result

Following the announcement of vacancy on the OCA Student Association Committee for a Fine Art Student Representative, we have received one nomination and so Carol Smith will be appointed to the position unopposed. Carol’s election statement is available here. OCASA President, Stan Dickinson, will organise the handover from previous representative, Mary Adam, in the next […]

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Election for OCASA Fine Art Representative

Election for OCASA Fine Art Representative As students will have seen in (Stan’s announcement), there is a vacancy on the OCASA Committee for a Fine Art representative, to replace Mary Adam.  This is the formal announcement of an election for that role.   Nominations All students currently studying on the Art & Design and Art […]

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OCASA Music Representative – Result

Following the announcement of vacancy on the OCA Student Association Committee for a Music Student Representative, we have received one nomination and so Elaine Goodall will be appointed to the position unopposed. Elaine’s election statement is available here. OCASA President, Stan Dickinson, will organise the handover from previous representative, Chris Lawry, in the next couple […]

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Election for OCASA Music Representative

As students will have seen in Stan’s announcement, there is a vacancy on the OCASA Committee for a music representative, to replace Chris Lawry. This is the formal announcement of an election for that role. Nominations All students currently studying music courses with OCA are eligible to stand and to vote. Students who wish to […]

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Ways of Looking

The ‘Ways of Looking’ photography festival opens in Bradford on the 1 October. Exploring the theme Evidence, the festival includes a extensive range of exhibitions and events including premières of newly commissioned works by internationally renowned Magnum photographer, Donovan Wylie and Turner Prize winning artist Jeremy Deller, early work (1972-1987) by Daniel Meadows, the ‘Tableaux […]

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