London Met is supporting Universities UK's Creative Sparks campaign, which recognises the role of universities as driving forces in the country's creative industries.
Date: 13 January 2022
London Met is delighted to support Universities UK's Creative Sparks campaign, which celebrates the immense contribution of UK universities to the nation's creative excellence, which is helping the country recover from the pandemic.
UUK said, "We want to show that universities are hotbeds of creativity, and a driving force behind our creative industries. They are producing the talent, innovation and skills we need to keep the UK's creative industries world-leading.
"We want to show that the creativity behind many of the things we are passionate about is nurtured, developed and stimulated at UK universities: from the music we listen to and the video games we stream, to the films we watch, the books we read, and the clothes we wear. They're where the nation's creative sparks are ignited."
London Met, with its industry facing courses and emphasis on developing the practical skills needed for a career, offers fantastic opportunities for those wanting to undertake creative endeavours in the future.
A few of the Creative Sparks who have forged incredible careers following their time at the University include:
- Designer Yinka Illori, who studied Furniture and Product Design BA at London Met, was named one of 12 artists currently shaping the creative world by the New York Times.
- Poet Warsan Shire, Creative Writing BA graduate, who wrote the poetry for Beyonce's Peabody Award-winning visual album Lemonade and recently published her debut poetry collection.
- Performing Arts BA graduate Anthony Oseyemi who plays the starring role of Will Stone in the supernatural Netflix series, Dead Places.
- Matilda Ibini, Creative Writing and English Literature alumna, who is developing a new series with the BBC and was named a Screen Star of the Year by British film magazine Screen International.
- Majeda Clarke, Textiles BA alumna who now serves as a trustee of the Crafts Council
- Interior designer and founder of London-based studio arbor + co, David Haziz, who studied Interior Design BA, who was a Mixology21 Project of the Year finalist.
- Photography BA students Mina Boromand and Kasia Kowalska who were recently shortlisted for a major industry award.
- Film and Broadcast Production BA graduate Tamanna Jahan, who has recently showcased her work at the Zebra Poetry Film Festival in Berlin.
- Furniture and Product Design graduate Ella Merriman, who launched an underwear start-up, MERRI Intimates, focused on gynaecological health.
- Architecture BA students Conor Lawless and Ian Davide Bugarin who received commendations at the 2021 RIBA President's Medals.
The campaign marks the latest stage of the #MadeAtUni campaign which was launched in 2018 to show how everyone benefits from universities – whether they studied at one or not.
It follows independent research undertaken by Britain Thinks which found that the public has little understanding of the benefits of universities beyond undergraduate teaching.