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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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Addressing the gap – What and why are there gaps at OCA?

Last year OCA launched an ambitious new 10-year strategy, available on our website, that talked of closing equality gaps, and making a curriculum that is ‘sensitive to global and cultural contexts’. But how to get there? How do we make a curriculum that is reflective of the work and perspectives of people all around the world? How do we ensure that there are no equality gaps?

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Equality doesn’t mean treating everyone the same

Like many, I’ve been reflecting on the recent protests following the killing of George Floyd, and the responses to the #BlackLiveMatter, in particular across Higher Education. These have ranged from the extremely thoughtful and sensitive to the very corporate and hollow. This has forced me to take a long hard look at myself and the organisation that I’m very proud to lead the Open College of the Arts and consider are we doing enough to live up to our values of diversity and inclusion?

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