UAL are conducting research into how they can improve your buildings and facilities to provide you and future UAL students with the most creative and social environments possible.
Researchers are currently meeting with students across all of our sites, however we want to speak to students from the following areas in particular, and are offering £25 in return for an hour of your time!
They want to know:
· Does your space support your learning needs?
· How does your space help you collaborate and socialise?
· Does your space inspire your or stifle you?
· What don’t you like about your space?
· What do you love?
· What does great space look and feel like?
Last year UAL students took on staff teams and both netball and football and this year we returned to the popular fixtures featuring some big names on both sides.
This year’s staff vs. student netball was slightly different to last year. With 7 staff members and 16 students present, we decided to mix the teams up and have staff playing alongside the students as appose against each other…after all we need the staff and students to work together to ensure we spread awareness of university sport, so why not start on the court!
This turned out to be great, staff members really upped their game and kept the students on their toes!
Our girls were really pleased to have seen staff taking an interest in something that makes up such a huge part of their university experience…next year we hope to see every college have a staff member representing them! All in all a great day with a good standard of netball and lots of UAL sport love felt throughout the afternoon!’
Rosie Black, SUARTS Activities and Volunteering Officer said:
‘This Year Staff VS Student’s braved the tumultuous weather for a fun filled afternoon of netball.
Our students’ were extremely accommodating of our 7 staff members. In the end students’ and staff teams combined and I think we surprised ourselves at how close it was.
We played with 7 staff members instead of the 15 that we’d previously managed to squeeze together. Getting an afternoon off on a Wednesday proves just as difficult for Staff members as it does students’. The support of staff really helps to profile our ongoing fight to see Wednesday afternoons free of compulsory timetable activity. We know those that couldn’t make it are very much looking forward to challenging the girls on court next year.
All of the Student’s kept us in high spirits despite playing two games in the on-off rain! They were fantastic to play with and we’re very much looking forward to bringing a bigger following next year! Thanks to them all for such a fun-filled afternoon.’
The staff team arrived on seeking revenge for a 3-1 loss at last year’s reverse fixture. They had a noticeably longer warm up period than the student team and must have been aware that they would need the would get the rub of the green [astroturf] at Kennington Park to come away with a result.
After a quiet opening few minutes an onlooker was heard saying,’ This game needs a goal’ and by golly they got some, 15 in all leaving the shell-shocked staff team succumbing to a 13-2 defeat.
The UAL mens football team were in control throughout and took advantage of a staff defence leakier than a tin can in a shooting gallery.
In an unexpected twist it was a game of two halves and the staff team hoped to take advantage of this, switching to a 4-5-1 formation. The staff team looked to park the bus in the second half but clearly forgot to leave the handbrake on.
A confident student team full of fresh legs broke through the defence time and time again and thoroughly controlled possession in the middle of the park.
The staff team managed to score 2 goals but conceded 5 to finish up a painful 90 minutes.
At the end of the day all credit was given to the students team who thoroughly deserved the win and barely broke into a sweat. The staff team meanwhile will look to rebuild over the summer and hope the tables will be turned this time next year. Rumours of Tim Sherwood or David Moyes coming in to steady the ship have been strongly refuted by insiders but it looks more that a reshuffle will be happening sooner rather than later.
The student team will be looking forward to their next batch of new recruits joining in early October and will be sending their best scouts to Freshers Fair 2014 to assess the next generation of footballing talent.
The real winner from Staff vs Students this year was Sport at UAL and we’re very much looking forward to Sports Ball on Wednesday where we get to celebrate everyone’s achievements and crown this year’s Team of the Year.