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Ask the librarian

I was delighted to attend a Google hangout recently and meet our Rest of World group of students at OCA.  Students attended from Canada, Chile, New Zealand, Zambia, USA, Hungary and most impressive of all – Japan (Calling in from Japan impressed me the most, simply because it was 4am there at the time of […]

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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion group meeting one: Outcomes

This post highlights the discussion that took place during the first diversity listening session, which took place on 20 January 2021, and outlines the date, time, location and context for the next session, which will take place next month. Firstly, thank you to those who attended the listening session and for your valuable contributions. The […]

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Sharing Reading Strategies

This post has developed out of conversations which were part of the Creative Arts group work sessions last year. These were exploring a range of approaches to combining practice and research. This got me thinking about reading and how it can underpin practice based research and so it would be useful to share some tips […]

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OCA Commitment to Equality and Diversity

Our commitment to Equality and Diversity About this document This is a living document that will be shaped by the views, experiences and feedback we receive from the many different perspectives of our students, tutors and staff. We have fashioned this version based on conversations with the OCA student representative for Equality and Diversity and […]

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MA Graphic Design Webinar and Q&A

If you are interested in finding out more about postgraduate study on OCA’s MA Graphic Design course, you are most welcome to attend a webinar with programme leader Jonathan Briggs. Wednesday 2nd December- 5:30pm – 6:30pm You will learn about the curriculum, how studying works at OCA and how to apply, as well as being […]

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Motivated to work in Equality and Diversity

The motivations for my becoming the OCA student representative for Equality and Diversity are deeply embedded in my personal experiences of racial and social class based injustices. I felt that this personal context was important to illustrate my interest and commitment to the role. But equally I wanted to add a real life dimension to the discussion on equality and diversity.

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Celebrating July’s assessment event

This is a note from the OCA assessment team to mark, and share, what we feel has been a phenomenal and triumphant assessment event under extraordinary circumstances. 

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A guide to tutoring prisoner students – Part 2

In this blog post I want to outline the different options prisoners have for carrying out the research element of their courses. As with most things relating to prisons, the specifics of each of these will differ between establishments, but what I want to emphasise is that it will very rarely be the case that someone can’t do research – it may just take a bit of effort on their part. 

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‘Do the Trod’

The past couple of weeks have found us in the middle of a culture war around statues and TV but, as Ash Sarkar reminds us, ‘the context of a work – film, telly, whatever – is bigger than that piece of content on its own. Meaning is what happens when a work is in conversation with its audience’. 

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A guide to tutoring prisoner students – Part 1

Tutoring prisoner students can feel like something of a minefield. It can be difficult to decipher fact from fiction from the information shared in the press about what prisoners do (and don’t) have access to, as well as what the individual is expecting from you, or you from them. Hopefully this series of blog posts can provide a bit of information and a few suggestions to help make this easier.

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