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Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee
12/11/2018

Dear All
 
Later this week Deputy Director (Innovation) Professor Irene McAra-McWilliam, Liz Davidson, Senior Project Manager on the Mackintosh Restoration and I will be attending the Scottish Parliament Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee.  The Committee is taking evidence following the Mackintosh Building fire, reflecting on the GSA’s management, custodianship and future of the Mackintosh Building and its collection.  You can read evidence submitted to the Committee at: 
http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/CurrentCommittees/109732.aspx
 
As part of the Committee process, the GSA has prepared a written submission in advance of the Committee. 
This is available on both the GSA website at:
www.gsa.ac.uk/ScottishParliamentSubmission
and on the Scottish Parliament website at:
http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/CurrentCommittees/109732.aspx
 
Our written submission addresses the rumours, supposition and speculation circulating since the 15th June by setting out the factual position and our commitment to restore the Mackintosh Building to its central role in the creative life of the GSA, Glasgow and Scotland.  We will reinforce this position at the Committee on Thursday.
 
You can watch the Committee session live on the Scottish Parliament website at https://www.scottishparliament.tv/
 
It has been a challenging period since the 15th June for our students and staff and local community.  We deeply recognise this and that our role moving forward is to ensure we deliver for everyone, staff, students, our neighbours in Garnethill and Glasgow, a thriving, successful, accessible School of Art with our Mackintosh Building at its heart.
 
With Best Wishes

Muriel Gray

27/09/18
Reid Building Update 

As you will be aware, our contractors Reigart and David Naro Associates together with the GSA’s internal teams have been working tirelessly to stabilise the Mackintosh Building in order to enable the Reid Building's return to staff and student use for 1 October. 

Making the Reid Building safe for reoccupation is dependent on a number of factors, not only stabilising the Mackintosh Building's north façade, but also the construction of a protected route to allow the front entrance to operate as a fire escape, making the rear access of the building the temporary main entrance, and the recommissioning of services and systems within the building.

We remain confident that the necessary works to the Reid and Mackintosh will be completed over this weekend and will be approved by Glasgow City Council Building Control department, allowing the cordon to be further reduced and the building occupied.  However, recent experience with the planned reopening of the Library has shown that we cannot guarantee that GCC will provide approval immediately, and in this case before 1 October.

On this basis, (subject to Building Control approval) a phased reoccupation of the Reid will still begin on Monday 1 October starting with staff, but with a view to making the building ready for all students (for School of Design and as temporary decant space for some Mackintosh School of Architecture students) to occupy fully from Monday 8 October. A phased return to the Reid will ensure a safe and appropriate learning and teaching environment for staff and students.

Activity has already been taking place in anticipation of an approved phased return from Monday. The Centre for Advanced Textiles and the Reid’s technical facilities and workshops will be in place in the Reid next week, and in addition WTMS are planning a pop-up refectory facility.

School of Design
Teaching activities will continue in the existing School of Design temporary spaces in Breckenridge House and Civic House next week (commencing 1 October), and on GCC approval, a phased return to the Reid will begin during the week. Arrangements for this will be communicated locally and via Canvas. 

Mackintosh School of Architecture
MSA have been working to set up decant studio space to provide an individual work space for every student within the Reid Building, Breckenridge House and Civic House from 1 October. The aim is to provide a suitable temporary working space for MSA students on or as close to Garnethill as possible and the set-up of these spaces will be completed by this weekend as scheduled.

Next week (commencing 1 October) SWG3 will remain the studio base for Stages 1 – 5, and MSA staff and students will then move to the temporary spaces in the Reid, Breckenridge & Civic House from Monday 8 October.

Until MSA return to the Bourdon, still anticipated later in October, there will also be a single external venue for all lectures – Renfield Training Centre, 260 Bath Street, G2 4JP.

The GFT on Rose Street will be used for stage and programme introductions, and details of these along with the overall weekly timetable for studio and lectures will be posted on Stage or PGT programme Canvas pages.

MSA General Office and MEARU offices will remain in the Open Studio space within Blythswood House until MSA move back to the Bourdon. Students should go to Blythswood House, 200 West Regent Street for any of the functions that they would normally seek from the General Office.

Access to the Reid
As the main entrance to the Reid is still not accessible at this point, access to the Reid Building will be via the back lane from either Dalhousie Street or Scott Street and access remains via swipe entry once inside the back entrance. GSA’s main Reception will be reinstated in the Reid Building from next week, at the front desk. The Library remains open and accessible via Scott Street through the covered walkway and an update on the reopening of the GSASA, anticipated later in October, will be posted as soon as we are able.

We very much look forward to having staff and students back on Renfrew Street as soon as we possibly can, and thank staff and students for their ongoing patience and support. In the meantime students should please check email and Canvas for updates on a regular basis.

School of Design Update
14/09/18

Dear all,

Semester 1 - School of Design

We are very much looking forward to the start of Semester 1 starting on Monday.

Just a reminder that the School of Design's temporary activity space is located on Sauchiehall Street – Breckenridge House (275 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G2 3EH). This temporary space provides us all with a base from which to work while we complete cleaning and final studio set up in the Reid Building (164 Renfrew Street), ready for occupation on 1st October.

The main users of Breckenridge House will be students in years 2 / 3 / 4 Undergraduate students and all Postgraduate students. Breckenridge House can be accessed by entering Sauchiehall Street from the Rose Street entrance.

• First year students studying Silversmithing and Jewellery, Fashion, Textiles, Interior Design Communication Design will be located in the studio spaces within the Haldane Building.
• All undergraduate Interaction Design students (years 1 – 4) will be located in the studio spaces on the third floor of the Barnes Building (West Graham St, Glasgow G4 9LE).
• First year PDE students will be based in Breckenridge House and University of Glasgow.
• Undergraduate Communication Design students will also have some scheduled activities taking place in Civic House (26 Civic St, Glasgow G4 9RH).

Academic Inductions
A reminder of next weeks' academic inductions are available to refer to as follows (pdfs) - please carefully read the information and ensure you are looking at the correct programme and either undergraduate (UG) or postgraduate (PGT) Inductions:

Communication Design

Fashion Design / Textiles Design

Interior Design

Interaction Design

PDE

Silversmithing + Jewellery

Map and Locations
For locations please refer to the campus map

Design Domain

For all 1st / 2nd / 3rd year Undergraduate Silversmithing and Jewellery, Fashion, Textiles, Interior, Interaction, and Communication Design students, you will be taking part in the 20-credit course: Design Domain, which will be launched on Tuesday September 18th 2018. 

Full details are featured on Canvas on Design Domain Central: https://canvas.gsa.ac.uk/courses/633

Design Domain Central on Canvas is for information relevant to ALL Design Domain students. Studio-specific info on Design Domain will be announced through the studio and year group Canvas pages.
 


School of Design Timeline:

Monday 17th September
Start of Semester 1.
Academic inductions for all undergraduate and postgraduate students - see above.

Wednesday 19th September, 9.30am
ALL POSTGRADUATE students
Glasgow Film Theatre (12 Rose St G3 6RB)
Welcome from Barbara Ridley, Head of School, and induction project briefing.

Monday 1st October
Teaching in the Reid Building resumes.

 

We look forward to seeing you next week. 


Best Wishes,


Barbara Ridley
Head of School
School of Design

 

Mackintosh School of Architecture Update 
14/09/18

Dear All,


Semester 1 Vertical Project

With the beginning of the new session on Monday, I am writing to remind all MSA students that for the next fortnight the Mackintosh School of Architecture will work on our Vertical Project.

The project venue is SWG3, 100 Eastvale Place, Glasgow, G3 8QG.

Registration
The project registration and group allocation is between 10 and 11am on Monday 17th September. The project itself begins at 12 noon so make sure you are at the venue in good time.

Further information on the Vertical Project themes is available on CANVAS. If you are a new student you can access canvas at https://canvas.gsa.ac.uk/

Timetable
Next week's timetable is available to view here.

The project involves all students from BArch, DipArch, MArch Studies, MArch by conversion, MSc Environmental Architecture programmes, and University of Glasgow CeWA students, so if you are a student at MSA you should be there, 10am on Monday.

If you have not yet completed your online enrolment, you should do this as soon as possible. Bring your matriculation card with you as your student ID.

Over the next fortnight we will also be confirming the studio location and arrangements for week 3 onwards.

I look forward to seeing you all on the 17th for the project launch!


best wishes

Sally Stewart
Head of School
Mackintosh School of Architecture

 

 

 

Update 12/9/18

Renfrew Street Campus and Charles Oakley Update

If you have been following updates since the Mackintosh Building fire on 15th June (all available here) you will be aware that we have been working tirelessly to ensure that the GSA is fully operational for the start of Semester 1 on Monday 17th September.

This has involved detailed planning of academic activities for students in the School of Design and Mackintosh School of Architecture in the first few weeks of term while their respective buildings – the Reid and Bourdon - are being fully brought back to operation.

As the works on the Mackintosh Building facades have progressed, allowing access to residents and businesses, we have gained access to our own buildings with access to the Reid Building and parts of the Bourdon being achieved last week.

Over the summer our expectation was always that full access to the Bourdon Building within a reasonable timeframe would not be possible and thus alternative arrangements were put in place for to ensure minimal disruption to the student experience. Work commenced on the refurbishment of the Charles Oakley Building at the end of August to provide alternative accommodation.

Over the past two weeks however, there have been significant developments that have allowed us to reconsider the immediate arrangements for the Mackintosh School of Architecture:

  • Work on the Mackintosh Building facade remains on track - facilitating access to the entire Bourdon Building by mid-October
  • the initial fit-out of the Charles Oakley Building also remains on track completing around the same time as occupation of the Bourdon could be achieved
  • as Phase 1 work on the Charles Oakley Building has commenced, significant and immediate work to the building’s windows has been identified


Addressing the issues with the windows is considered would have a significant impact on users of the building. Therefore to avoid additional and unnecessary disruption to staff and students we have decided not to occupy the Charles Oakley Building at this time.

Our efforts instead will focus on returning the Mackintosh School of Architecture to the Bourdon Building, ensuring that over the Academic Year 2018/19 our campus will be based fully on Garnethill (with the Stow Building coming on stream during early 2019). We believe that this is the right decision based on the student and staff experience.  It means crucially that all students will have access to the library, learning resources and workshop facilities available prior to the fire right alongside studio, seminar and lecture space.
 


Timeline
 

17 September
Semester 1 starts
The GSA Library (all floors in the Bourdon North) opens

Start October
The Reid Building opens

During October
Bourdon South becomes operational

Early 2019
Stow Building comes on stream and launches officially with Degree Show 2019
 


 

Both MSA and the School of Design have alternative teaching arrangements in place during the first two/three weeks of Semester 1 and you can follow their social media in real time on the GSA Hub www.gsa.ac.uk/the-hub.  MSA are now planning for temporary studio teaching and delivery prior to returning to the Bourdon Building during mid to end October.

All other academic Schools are operating as normal from the start of Semester 1, this Monday 17 September. 
 

 

Update 7 September

As the new academic year fast approaches we are all very much looking forward to welcoming our staff and students back together and to welcoming new students into GSA, after what has been a challenging summer to say the very least. 

The continued stabilisation of the majority of the Mackintosh Building on Renfrew Street has allowed GCC Building Control to reduce the size of the surrounding safety cordon, allowing the return of local residents and a majority of local businesses to their properties. The managed dismantling of the dangerous parts of the Mackintosh Building is now virtually complete, with the south façade and the east gable safe.

This continued stabilisation has enabled great progress on building access on Renfrew Street and we are pleased to be able to update students and staff on the following progress for the new semester:

GSA Library Reopens
We are delighted to announce that the Library will reopen on Renfrew Street for the start of Semester 1 on 17 September. All collections, student computing and study spaces will be available as normal, and Library and Learning Technology staff will be on hand to help.

Renfrew Street and the lower half of Scott Street remain closed at the moment due to the safety cordon around the Mackintosh Building. So to get access to the Library, walk or cycle to the corner of Hill Street and Scott Street then come down Scott Street.

The opening hours for the first week of semester will be as for the rest of the buildings, 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday. The Library will be closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday (a local holiday) and open again at 9am on the 25th September.

Over the summer staff have been working hard to expand the range of digital collections and services.
Head to the Library website to watch new video content:

Library inductions for new students have been scheduled with programme leaders for the first two weeks of the semester. After that open inductions will be running each day, every hour on the hour from 10am from 1 October. Students can sign up for these sessions.

If you would like to talk to a member of Library or Learning Technology staff before the 17 September please come to the temporary Library information point on the mezzanine floor in the Haldane building. It will be open until 4pm on 14 September. Alternatively you can email library@gsa.ac.uk anytime.

Workshop
Making is at the core of everything that we do at GSA. An updated map of workshop spaces and facilities including temporary and in progress facilities is in the process of being created and will be issued to students as soon as possible.

Enrolment
Enrolment began for all students in August and Information has been issued to students regarding next week's enrolment and can be found at www.gsa.ac.uk/enrolment. Arrangements regarding academic inductions for the following week will be issued locally by schools.

Design Domain
1st / 2nd / 3rd year Undergraduate Silversmithing + Jewellery, Fashion, Textiles, Interior, Interaction, and Communication Design students will be taking part in a 20-credit course: Design Domain, launching on Tuesday 18 September. A full-day Design Domain Symposium will be held, featuring invited speakers including practitioners, curators, and documentary makers who are all-round heroes in design and critical thinking.

Full details will be published on Tuesday 11 September on the Design Domain Central Canvas pages.

Vertical Project
Mackintosh School of Architecture's Vertical Project is being hosted in the Galvaniser's Yard at SWG3 for the first two weeks of term. The project will see 450 MSA students from across the school coming together, ending with a celebration and party on Thursday 27 September in the Galvaniser's Shed in the afternoon/ evening (all students and staff welcome - details will follow soon).

Opening Hours 
From the start of Semester until 1 October opening hours across all buildings in Glasgow will be 9am-6pm Monday to Friday and weekends – for staff the access is from 8am to enable setup.  This applies across campus.  Monday 24 September is a local holiday when all buildings will be closed, opening again at 9am on 25 September.  Opening hours will be reviewed prior to 1 October with the aim of reverting back to standard opening hours (8am-10pm Monday to Friday and 8am-6pm Sat and Sunday) as soon as possible.

Free Sanitary Products
A recent survey by Young Scot found that one in four respondents had struggled to access sanitary products. To help relieve Period Poverty in education the Scottish Funding Council has announced access to additional funding for universities and colleges for sanitary products for students. The GSA is delighted to announce that we are using this funding to ensure access to free sanitary products is being put in place across our buildings in Scotland. 

Products will be available from start of semester 1.

Stow Building
Updates on Stow Building are now available on a blog, accessible to everyone:  https://gsastowproject.blogspot.com/ For SoFA students this is also in the ‘Announcements’ section of the ‘SoFA Community’ page on Canvas.

Freshers' Week
Freshers week is due to begin this Monday, 10 September!
GSASA have produced an oustanding programme of events across the city and the full GSASA Freshers' Week programme includes workshops, performance, clubs & the annual Freshers' Fair - with daytime events in a range of locations across the city including the Glue Factory, Glasgow Autonomous Space and the Kinning Park Complex, and in the evening, a long-awaited return to The Arches. View the full programme at http://www.theartschool.co.uk/freshers/

GSA Live Map
The GSA Live Map is now online, is designed to show some of our networks, buildings, connections, and content will be added to over the coming months and updated weekly to ensure events (such as degree show and fresher's week, as well as alumni, student and staff events and exhibitions across the city, are showcased live. We will also be adding positions of all workshops, technical services and IT facilities available to students at our various buildings over the next weeks before start of semester. You can view the map at www.gsa.ac.uk/livemap - nb: it is best viewed through the (free) Google Maps app. Printed campus maps will also be available next week at enrolment for new students.

Graduate Degree Show 2018
The Graduate Degree Show 2018 successfully previewed on Friday in Merchant City and has presented a fantastic testament to the hard work and tenacity of our staff and PG students. The Graduate Degree Show website, built by Rectangle design (co-directed by GSA alumna Lizzie Malcolm) is live where you can browse some of the works in the show and download the official programme at www.gsa.ac.uk/graddegreeshow2018. The show is open until this Sunday 9 September, please don't miss this fantastic event.

 

Our community has overcome many obstacles since June 15, culminating in a range of key achievements including a phenomenally successful Graduate Degree Show in Merchant City, and now a planned move back into the Reid Building and Library in time for the start of Semester 1. Joining together over the next weeks we will continue to ensure that provision and the student experience at GSA is the very best possible for our students. Next, a very exciting year lies ahead for us all.

I look forward to seeing you all over the coming weeks.

best wishes,

 

Tom Inns
Director, The Glasgow School of Art

 

 

Mackintosh School of Architecture Update 7/9/18

Semester 1 Core Information

I’m writing to give an update on plans for semester 1 and also to provide core information that should be useful to you over the next three weeks. You may have had notice of some of this already, and so the aim in this update is to bring the essentials together in one place for all MSA students, whether you are enrolling for the first time or are a progressing student.

Following on from the Mackintosh Fire in June, there have been significant changes to where you will find some facilities and venues on the campus, and so even if you are familiar with GSA and MSA you should check what the current arrangements are. I hope this update will help.

Vertical Project
For the first two weeks of the semester we will be running a vertical project for all MSA students, based at SWG3 in nearby Finneston. The project will begin on the morning of Monday 17th. The detailed arrangements will be given to all new students at enrolment. The detailed arrangements will also be made available on Canvas from Tuesday 11th  and will be sent to all students via their GSA email. Make sure you check this regularly. The SWG3 venue is also plotted on the GSA live map www.gsa.ac.uk/livemap

The vertical project will produce the focus for all students work over the first two weeks of semester, and a point of reference across the remainder of the year.

Stage 5 students will be involved in the first week, and then will be going on their Final Design Thesis field trip to Antwerp in week 2.

Stage leaders for the BArch and DipArch, and Programme Leaders for the MArch, MArch (con) and MSc will be contacting their students during the Vertical project to confirm the details of the academic induction for each year group for the week beginning 1st October, week 3.

Check your emails regularly for further updates. All information will also be uploaded to CANVAS.

For new students an introduction to CANVAS will be provided in Week 1.

 


Key Dates

Enrolment
Online enrolment is open for continuing and new students
www.gsa.ac.uk/enrolment

For new students both UG and PG on Wednesday 12th September you should complete your enrolment at Fleming House, Renfrew Street, see http://www.gsa.ac.uk/life/student-life/registry/enrolment/new-students/ 

GSA Student Support will be holding induction sessions at the Glasgow Film Theatre (12 Rose Street) on Wednesday 12 September – Friday 14 September 2018 from 9.30am.
Details of these are also at http://www.gsa.ac.uk/life/student-life/registry/enrolment/new-students

Freshers' Week
GSASA have organised a programme of events for Freshers' Week http://www.theartschool.co.uk/freshers/

We look forward to seeing new students next week at enrolment, and all students on the 17 Septmber. In the meantime if you have any questions or concerns, please email me, S.Stewart@gsa.ac.uk, your programme leader or stage leader.
 

Best Wishes,

Professor Sally Stewart
Head of Mackintosh School of Architecture

 

Innovation School update 07/09/18

The Innovation School is ready to welcome students for the new semester to both Glasgow and Altyre campus. We have spent the summer improving facilities, adding new computer equipment, improving the studio environment and designing exciting new “live” projects with companies and communities.

Innovation School are also thrilled to report that the M.Des Design Innovation postgraduate degree show at the Garment Factory has been exceptionally well-received. It has been visited by designers from across Scotland and beyond, employers seeking to recruit and representatives of both the Scottish and UK Governments. Everybody was impressed by the breadth of work on show and the intellectual endeavor that it represented. The guests included Scotland’s Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education, John Swinney, who left impressed.

A focus for Innovation School in the coming academic session will be Professional Practice, and how our students and graduates relate to the outside world and life after GSA. To that end, we will be launching a week long programme of events, studio visits, workshops and lectures in the Spring all geared to helping our students decide what they want to do and how they want to practice after they graduate from GSA. This exciting initiative will bring speakers and participants from across Scotland and around the world, from global tech’ platforms to Scottish Design agencies and organisations, like the NHS, who are waking up to the potential of hiring designers to help reimagine health care.

The Highlands and Islands campus in Altyre is ready to welcome its new post-graduate students, and is anticipating the visit to Forres of Year 1 Product Design early in the semester. This will be a great opportunity for post-grads and undergraduates to mix and socialize, to share ideas and experiences about design, and to have some fun in the Highlands.

Semester 1 Reminder

Below are a few useful details for the start of Semester 1. Please note that all course materials and timetables will be available on Canvas at the start of the semester. You should continue to check your GSA email and Canvas regularly for updates.

Enrolment and the new semester:
All returning students need to complete online enrolment prior to the start of Semester 1.

Briefings
Product Design 

All Year briefing
Monday 17 September
9:30 – 11:00
Venue tbc.

Year group briefings
Monday 17 September
11:00 – 13:00
Venue tbc.

Postgraduate Taught (PGT)
Masters Design Innovation, Glasgow

Haldane Building, Ground Floor, Hill Street, Glasgow.

Studio Induction
Friday 14 September
14:00 – 16:00

Student Briefing
Monday 17 September
9:30- 11:00
MDes Studio, Haldane Building.
 
Masters Design Innovation, Forres
Blairs Farm Steading, Altyre Estate, Forres

Studio Induction/Health & Safety Induction/Workshop Inductions
Wednesday 12 September -Thursday 13 September

Studio Induction
Friday 14 September
10:00 – 16:00  
and Freshers’ Social event

Student Briefing
Monday 17 September
9:30- 11:00

I hope that you find this information useful. 

Best Wishes


Gordon Hush
Head of Innovation School

 

School of Fine Art Update 07/09/18

Dear all,

I am pleased to share an update of activity from the School of Fine Art. If you did not see last week’s email update about the School of Fine Art, or if you would like to catch up on any of the series of updates since Mackintosh Building fire,  you can still find all the updates here on the GSA website. 

Please do remember to check GSA email, including your clutter folder, and refer back to the website for any information you may find useful. You will also find information about your studies on Canvas.

The Graduate Degree Show was an enormously successful event and I hope that you may have had a chance to visit the show in the Tontine Building. The show will be open until Sunday 9th September and so if you are in Glasgow please do come along to see what this year's postgraduate students on the Master of Letters in Fine Art Practice, Master of Letters in Curatorial Practice (Contemporary Art) and the Master of Research in Creative Practices have been doing. It really is a fantastic exhibition and as I mentioned in my last update this year we have students graduating from the new Performance pathway. Just a few minutes' walk away from the Tontine Building at The Garment Factory, work from Architecture, Design, Simulation and Visualisation and Innovation graduates is also on display. If you are visiting the show do take the opportunity to visit both venues.

The Graduate Degree Show website is available at www.gsa.ac.uk/graddegreeshow2018 Here you will be able to see work from across all the programmes online.

Inductions
The semester starts with inductions for all undergraduate and postgraduate years across departments and programmes and a full list of induction activities including dates, times and locations can be found on Canvas here.

Fine Art Critical Studies
In the context of the recent Periodic Review of the School of Fine Art, the FACS Curriculum has been under review and development. For further information, please visit Canvas

Stow Building Blog
Work has been progressing rapidly on the Stow Building and Paul Cosgrove (Fine Art Stow Project Manager) has been posting information and images of the developments on the Stow blog, which can be found at: http://gsastowproject.blogspot.com

Studios 
The School of Fine Art will be operational from all of its buildings as last year, including some additional studio in The Whisky Bond (TWB), and we have been working hard to prepare all the studios for your return.

GSA Facilities 
Further information in relation to GSA buildings and facilities can be found in the GSA update about to follow later today so please check your inbox or the website later.

I do hope that you have found this information useful. The staff team are really looking forward to the start of the new academic year and welcoming you back into the school. See you all next week – the year ahead is going to be an incredibly exciting one. 

With Best Wishes,

Professor Alistair Payne
Head of the School of Fine Art



School of Design Update 07/9/18

Dear all,

Semester 1 Plans - School of Design

With the new semester on the horizon I’m writing to give you an update on the work that we have been doing to prepare to welcome our student and staff community back together for the start of the new academic year in the School of Design.

I am very pleased to confirm that for the first two weeks of semester one the School of Design will have a temporary activity space located on Sauchiehall Street – Breckenridge House (275 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G2 3EH). This temporary space provides us all with a base from which to work while we complete cleaning and final studio set up in the Reid Building (164 Renfrew Street), ready for occupation on 1st October.

The main users of Breckenridge House will be students in years 2 / 3 / 4 Undergraduate students and all Postgraduate students.

• First year students studying Silversmithing and Jewellery, Fashion, Textiles, Interior Design Communication Design will be located in the studio spaces within the Haldane Building.
• All undergraduate Interaction Design students (years 1 – 4) will be located in the studio spaces on the third floor of the Barnes Building (West Graham St, Glasgow G4 9LE).
• First year PDE students will be based in Breckenridge House and University of Glasgow.
• Undergraduate Communication Design students will also have some scheduled activities taking place in Civic House (26 Civic St, Glasgow G4 9RH).

Each Programme Leader will be updating you very soon with exact detail of academic inductions starting on Monday 17th September, they will also provide detail of all start times and exact venues.

For all 1st / 2nd / 3rd year Undergraduate Silversmithing and Jewellery, Fashion, Textiles, Interior, Interaction, and Communication Design students, you will be taking part in the 20-credit course: Design Domain, which will be launched on Tuesday September 18th 2018. We will be holding a full-day Design Domain Symposium, with invited speakers including practitioners, curators, and documentary makers who are all-round heroes in design and critical thinking.

Full details will be published on Tuesday 11th September on the Design Domain Central Canvas pages, including how to sign up for the talks.

Please remember to regularly check your emails for further updates or if you have access to CANVAS the announcements page.

 


School of Design Timeline:

August
Enrolment
Online enrolment for continuing students is now open.
www.gsa.ac.uk/enrolment

Tuesday 11th September 10am
ALL FIRST YEAR STUDENTS
Barnes Lecture Theatre (West Graham St, Glasgow G4 9LE)
Welcome from Barbara Ridley, Head of School and GSA Director, Professor Tom Inns.
An introduction to Design Domain from Thea Stevens.
An introduction to CANVAS from Correy Murphy.

Monday 17th September
Start of Semester 1.
Academic inductions for all undergraduate and postgraduate students, details of location and times will be confirmed in future bulletins.

Wednesday 19th September, 9.30am
ALL POSTGRADUATE students
Glasgow Film Theatre (12 Rose St G3 6RB)
Welcome from Barbara Ridley, Head of School, and induction project briefing.

Monday 1st October
Teaching in the Reid Building will resume.

We look forward to seeing you very soon. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please email me, B.Ridley@gsa.ac.uk or your Programme Leader.


Best Wishes,


Barbara Ridley
Head of School
School of Design



Mackintosh School of Architecture
Update 4/9/18

Dear All,

As the new academic year appears on the horizon this MSA update looks at arrangements being put in place for MSA students and staff for the coming session and in particular for the first weeks of term.

Charles Oakley Building
Work to prepare the Charles Oakley building, our base for the coming session, began last week, with the contractor taking over the site and beginning downtakings, decoration and mechanical & electrical works. The contract period is very short and we are working with the contactor and design team to ensure that we are able to occupy it from the beginning of October, and following the Vertical Project (see below).

We expect to be able to remove equipment from the Bourdon Building over the next few weeks.

As the building will be a new location for all of the MSA community, we are working on arrangements that will allow each stage and all PGT programmes to have an introduction to and tour of the building on their first day of teaching there. This should help everyone to become familiar with the studios, teaching spaces, where staff are based and the other facilities.

Details of these arrangements will be posted on CANVAS pages for your year group, and there will be more reminders of this during the Vertical Project (see below) itself.

Vertical Project
We will begin the semester with a vertical project, running for two weeks. For this we will be working nearby but off campus, while the works to renovate the Charles Oakley building are completed. The Vertical Project begins on 17 September with all MSA students expected to be involved. Details of the launch time, venue, themes and groups will follow very soon. It’s a chance to kick start the semester and we are very much looking forward to joining together as an architectural community once more. We are also working with GSASA to see how we can involve the wider GSA student body in what we are doing.

Enrolment
Online enrolment is open for all students - whether you are coming to the School for the first time or are returning after the summer break. Make sure you enrol – this will give you access to CANVAS, which it is important to use otherwise you might miss something important.

More details for GSA inductions for new students in Week 0) will follow very soon.

Mackintosh Building
You will have received updates regarding works on the Mack. In summary, work has been continuing to stabilise the Mackintosh Building, through downtakings to the main facades, and the introduction of temporary shoring. This work to the east façade is now complete and has allowed the cordon to Dalhousie Street to be moved back allowing residents and businesses to begin to return to their flats, and giving access to the pavement linking this side of Renfrew Street to Sauchiehall Street. The shoring here will give you an idea of the work that is being done throughout the Mackintosh Building in preparation for the long-term rebuilding and restoration.

While the majority of the stabilisation work has been complete, the Bourdon Building still remains within the safety cordon.
 


MSA Timeline

August
Enrolment
Online enrolment for continuing students is now open.

10 September 
Freshers' Week

17 September
Start of Semester 1.
MSA briefing, Vertical Project. All students

The vertical project takes place over the first two weeks of Semester 1 and will allow all stages and programmes to work together. Details of the location and time of the briefing will be confirmed in future bulletins.

Early October
Teaching in Charles Oakley House is expected to begin.

 


Contacting MSA

The MSA general office is temporarily located at:

Ground floor
Blythswood House
(GSA Halls of Residence)
200 West Regent Street
G2 4DQ

Stage Leaders
For the coming year your stage leaders are:

Stage 1    Kathy Li
Stage 2    Luca Brunelli
Stage 3    Tilo Einert
Stage 4    Robert Mantho
Stage 5    Mark Baines

MArch by Conversion  Sally Stewart

In the meantime if you have any questions or concerns, please email me, S.Stewart@gsa.ac.uk, your programme leader or stage leader.

Best Wishes,
 


Professor Sally Stewart
Head of Mackintosh School of Architecture

 

School of Fine Art Update 31/08/18

Dear Students

I am pleased to share an update of activity from the School of Fine Art as we look forward to tomorrow’s preview of Graduate Degree Show. If you did not see last week’s email update about the School of Fine Art, or if you would like to catch up on any of the series of updates since Mackintosh Building fire,  you can still find all the updates here on the GSA website

Please do remember to check GSA email, including your clutter folder, and refer back to the website for any information you may find useful. You will also find information about your studies on Canvas.

Graduate Degree Show 2018
After a very busy summer since the fire in the Mackintosh Building in June,  we are delighted to be hosting the Graduate Degree Show Preview tomorrow evening, Friday 31 August, in the Tontine Building.  Nintey-five graduating students from the School of Fine Art are exhibiting in this truly wonderful show. Graduate Degree Show is open to the public 1-9 September.

We hope that many of you will be able to join us for the preview event, or will be able to see the show during the week. Reminder emails have been sent to students and staff about how to register for preview tickets. Remember to check your GSA email and your clutter folder if you have not seen this information yet.

The show features work by our graduating students across the Master of Letters in Fine Art Practice, Master of Letters in Curatorial Practice (Contemporary Art) and Master of Research in Creative Practices programmes. This is also the first year in which we have students graduating from the new Performance pathway on the Master of Letters in Fine Art Practice programme.

The whole of GSA’s Graduate Degree Show is being held in Merchant City this year. Joining us to exhibit work in the Tontine Building are graduating students from the School of Simulation and Visualisation’s Sound for the Moving Image programme, and just a few minutes walk away from the Tontine Building at The Garment Factory, work from Architecture, Design, Simulation and Visualisation and Innovation graduates will also be on display. If you are visiting the show do take the opportunity to visit both venues.

The Graduate Degree Show website will also launch on Friday at www.gsa.ac.uk/graddegreeshow2018
Here you will be able to see work from across all the programmes online and you will receive an email when the site is live. 

Inductions
The semester starts with inductions for all undergraduate and postgraduate years across departments and programmes and a full list of induction activities including dates, times and locations can be found on Canvas here.

Stow Building Blog
Work has been progressing rapidly on the Stow Building and Paul Cosgrove (Fine Art Stow Project Manager) has been posting information and images of the developments on the Stow blog, which can be found at:
http://gsastowproject.blogspot.com

The staff team are all really looking forward to your return to the School of Fine Art and we will update further on new plans for the year in my next bulletin which will be issued next week. I hope that you find this information useful. Enjoy the last few weeks of the summer break and we are looking forward to working with you all in September – the year ahead is going to be really exciting. 

With Best Wishes

Professor Alistair Payne
Head of the School of Fine Art

 

School of Fine Art Update 23/08/18

Dear Student

I wanted to get in touch with an update about the activities that have been taking place within the School of Fine Art over the past few weeks. We have been communicating a series of updates since Mackintosh Building fire. You can find them all here on the GSA website. We appreciate that some of you may have had difficulty receiving these, please do remember to check your clutter and refer back to the website for any information you may find useful. For the most part, these contain GSA-wide news. 

I wanted to take this opportunity to share information with you about how we are preparing for the start of the new academic year in the School of Fine Art. I know that all of the staff across the School are very much looking forward to seeing you on campus at the start of the new session. 

Over the summer, postgraduate students have continued with their studies and the MLitt Fine Art Practice students who were based in the McLellan Galleries and Breckenridge House, both of which are within the fire cordon, were successfully relocated to the Richmond and JD Kelly buildings to complete their studies.

Although it has been a difficult time, staff and students have coped exceptionally well. The install of the Graduate Degree Show began in the Tontine Building on Monday 20 August and it is progressing extremely well. It is an exciting time of year and always a pleasure to see students applying their skills and working together. It promises to be a wonderful show and we are really looking forward to seeing it when it is fully installed.


Graduate Degree Show 2018 previews on 31 August, and is open to the public 1-9 September across two sites in Merchant City, the Tontine building at 20 Trongate, and The Garment Factory at 10 Montrose Street.

Once the Masters’ students have deinstalled Graduate Degree Show in the Tontine, the studios will be reinstated for the use of Painting and Printmaking students who are studying for the award of BA (Hons) Fine Art. 

Undergraduate Heads of Department and Postgraduate Programme Leaders have been working with their academic teams as usual since early June engaging in academic planning meetings, undertaking the review of timetables and the refresh of curriculum content to ensure that we are ready to welcome you at the start of the new session.

During 2017/18, as you will be aware, the School of Fine Art had its 5 yearly Periodic Review, we will be in touch with further detail about this, so do please make sure that you check your GSA email regularly for updates. Meanwhile, you can find the Summary Periodic Review Report on Canvas here.

We are also currently putting the finishing touches to the Induction timetable and I will be able to include further detail about this in my next update. Over the next few weeks, I will send regular updates from the School of Fine Art to you by email. Please do keep checking your GSA email for e-bulletins from GSA and keep an eye out for updates from me too.

We are aware that students may be anxious about arrangements for the upcoming semester. We are committed to ensuring that suitable arrangements and facilities are in place and over the summer staff have been busy working around the clock to achieve this. As further plans are confirmed for the School of Fine Art over the next few weeks we will keep you updated so please refer to your inbox regularly and check your clutter. I hope that you find this information useful.

With Best Wishes

Professor Alistair Payne
Head of the School of Fine Art

 


Mackintosh School of Architecture Update 23/08/18

Dear Student

I’m writing to give you an update on the work we have been doing to prepare for the new session at the Mackintosh School of Architecture (MSA) and since the Mackintosh Building fire. We have been communicating a series of updates since the fire and you can find them all here on the GSA website. We appreciate that some of you may have had difficulty receiving these, please do remember to check your clutter and refer back to the website for any information you may find useful.

For the most part these updates contain GSA wide news. Over the next few weeks and until Semester 1 begins, I will be sharing additional updates with you about MSA’s plans for the new session.

As many of you will know, the early part of the summer focused on setting up alternative studio spaces in the Haldane Building for PGT students and August submissions.  As we now get closer to the beginning of Semester 1, and make progress in the work to stabilise the Mackintosh Building, we are now also in a position to explain more about the work we are undertaking to establish a base for the Mackintosh School of Architecture for the short and medium term.

Mackintosh Building
As indicated in previous bulletins, the fire significantly affected the structural integrity of the Mackintosh Building, and has required immediate down takings and temporary works to stabilise the remaining stonework. This has severely affected access to the surrounding buildings, with residents being evacuated from their homes, and access to the Reid Building and Bourdon Building has been severely restricted. The work currently being undertaken has prioritised stabilising the east gable first, which will allow residents to return to their homes when this is competed, and has been moving across the north and south facades, to finally deal with the west facade and around to the west gable and the area which had been the focus of much of the restoration work since the 2014 fire.

Bourdon Building
Until this is completed, the south of the Bourdon Building is within the exclusion zone established by Glasgow City Council Building Control department. Drone surveys and very limited physical access allowed to GSA’s structural consultants suggest that there is little or no significant damage to the Bourdon Building itself. It remains as we left it on the 15 June with the (wonderful, overwhelming, inspiring) Degree Show still intact.

While good progress is being made on the downtakings and temporary works, it is unlikely that these will be completed to the point that would allow us to have full access to the Bourdon Building in sufficient time for Semester 1. Consequently, we have had to look at finding a suitable alternative to our studios and teaching spaces which will allow MSA to continue to operate as a school within a single location, in a similar way in which the Bourdon allowed us. Ensuring that MSA can continue to work together in a single site has been a very important focus for us all during this time, we know that our sense of community within MSA is very important to all of our staff and students.

Charles Oakley Building
Having explored a number of alternatives, it has now been agreed that the Charles Oakley Building, previously part of the College of Commerce, will be our new base for this coming session, and until it can be established when the Bourdon Building can be brought back into use.

Working in a new location presents us new opportunities and challenges. As a community of architects and designers this will allow us to test our design thinking in our new surroundings and give us a chance to think how our studios and work spaces can best support the kind of creative community we expect MSA to be. Here’s a chance for us to shape a building rather than a building shape us. Quite where that will lead to is for us to determine over this coming year.

We have been working with the design team to look at how we can establish studios, workshops and other teaching spaces in a building that is very different to the Bourdon, in a way that tackles some of the on-going issues of the Bourdon. This work is currently out for tender, and we expect the contract to begin in the next week and within a tight programme. As in the Bourdon Building, all students will have a dedicated studio space within the Charles Oakley Building.

Over the next weeks the Canvas sites for each stage will be completed and published, and you should have access to your stage once you have enrolled. You should continue to check your GSA email and Canvas regularly for updates from your stage team and subject tutors.

We are aware that students may be anxious about arrangements for the upcoming semester. We are committed to ensuring that suitable arrangements and facilities are in place and over the summer staff have been busy working around the clock to achieve this. As further plans are confirmed for MSA over the next few weeks we will keep you updated so please refer to your inbox regularly and check your clutter. 

MSA Timeline

August
Enrolment
Online enrolment for continuing students is now open.

17 September
Start of Semester 1.
MSA briefing, Vertical Project. All students
The vertical project takes place over the first two weeks of Semester 1 and will allow all stages and programmes to work together. Details of the location and time of the briefing will be confirmed in future bulletins.

Early October
Teaching in Charles Oakley House is expected to begin

Contacting MSA
The MSA general office is temporarily located at:

Ground floor
Blythswood House
(GSA Halls of Residence)
200 West Regent Street
G2 4DQ

Stage leaders
For the coming year the stage leaders are:

Stage 1    Kathy Li
Stage 2    Luca Brunelli
Stage 3    Tilo Einert
Stage 4    Robert Mantho
Stage 5    Mark Baines

MArch by Conversion  Sally Stewart

In the meantime if you have any questions or concerns, please email me, S.Stewart@gsa.ac.uk, your programme leader or stage leader.

Best Wishes

Professor Sally Stewart
Head of Mackintosh School of Architecture


Innovation School Update 17/08/18

Dear All

I wanted to get in touch before the start of the new semester to let you know about activities that have been taking place over the summer within the Innovation School, and to share some of our plans for the new semester.

All of the Innovation School staff are looking forward to seeing you again soon in Glasgow and Forres. In September, we will be welcoming continuing and new students from around the world, from across the UK and our MEDEs students who return from their time studying in our European partner Schools.

As you know, the Mackintosh Building fire took place in June and has impacted on some parts of the Garnethill campus in Glasgow. Within the Innovation School, we are fortunate to be based in the Haldane Building in Glasgow and the Altyre Campus in Forres, and both of these sites have been unaffected by the fire. This has meant that while we have been helping our colleagues across GSA to recover from the effects of the fire over the summer, we have also been busy planning the new curriculum and developing exciting new projects.
 
We have also been busy recruiting new lecturing staff. In Product Design, we have been joined by Rachael Sleight, Lecturer in Sustainable Materials and Processes, and Product and Fashion designer Bob McCaffrey, who also runs his own consultancy in the city. We have a new Postgraduate Programme Leader in Design Innovation, Jonathan Baldwin, who has previously worked at Duncan of Jordanstone, Cambridge University and the University of South Wales. We are also recruiting new specialists in Interaction Design and Design Research Methods.
 
As GSA’s newest School and centre of academic expertise, we are excited by the challenges and opportunities of the year ahead, and we want to build upon the successes of last year, where our projects with the NHS, Scottish Water and RBS were matched with an exploration of the role of Machine Learning in the Workplace of the Future. The creativity, ideas and expertise demonstrated in these and other projects saw our London Degree Show celebrated by designers from across the industry. This year will be just as exciting and offer the same cause for celebration.

Below are a few useful details for the start of Semester 1. Please note that all course materials and timetables will be available on Canvas at the start of the semester. You should continue to check your GSA email and Canvas regularly for updates.

Enrolment and the new semester:
All returning students need to complete online enrolment prior to the start of Semester 1.

Briefings
Product Design 

All Year briefing
Monday 17 September
9:30 – 11:00
Venue tbc.

Year group briefings
Monday 17 September
11:00 – 13:00
Venue tbc.

Postgraduate Taught (PGT)
Masters Design Innovation, Glasgow

Haldane Building, Ground Floor, Hill Street, Glasgow.

Studio Induction
Friday 14 September
14:00 – 16:00

Student Briefing
Monday 17 September
9:30- 11:00
MDes Studio, Haldane Building.
 
Masters Design Innovation, Forres
Blairs Farm Steading, Altyre Estate, Forres

Studio Induction/Health & Safety Induction/Workshop Inductions
Wednesday 12 September -Thursday 13 September

Studio Induction
Friday 14 September
10:00 – 16:00  
and Freshers’ Social event

Student Briefing
Monday 17 September
9:30- 11:00

I hope that you find this information useful. 

Best Wishes


Gordon Hush
Head of Innovation School


School of Design update 17/08/18

Dear All

I wanted to get in touch with an update about the activities that have been taking place within the School of Design over the past few weeks. You will have already received the weekly updates about the Mackintosh Building fire and the GSA campus. I wanted to share information with you about how we are preparing for the start of the new academic year in the School of Design. I know that staff across the School are very much looking forward to seeing you on campus in the new semester.

Over the summer, I have been meeting with the Senior Management team (Programme Leaders) every week (Wednesday mornings) to ensure that every department within the School of Design is involved in the successful planning for undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate taught (PGT) academic delivery in September.

Each Programme Leader, with their department staff team, has now taken part in a number of planning meetings and the annual review of the curriculum. Academic staff have been reviewing projects, timetables and curriculum content to ensure that the year ahead is well planned and refreshed with updated content to support you to progress onto your next stage of study successfully.
 
The School of Design administrative staff and academic staff, including myself, are temporarily located (whilst the Reid Building is inaccessible) on the third floor of the Barnes Building (the Interaction Design studios). If you wish to speak to a member of the admin team or would like to leave a message for a member of academic staff please drop by, just ring on the door bell. The third floor studios will be reinstated for use by Interaction Design students for the beginning of semester, and we will update you on the new location for the Design School office as soon as possible when we move.
 
Over the summer, PGT students have continued with their studies and have been based in the Haldane Building. Academic teaching staff have been available throughout the summer to support students during this turbulent time. The atmosphere in the Haldane studios is busy, vibrant and positive as final Masters submission deadlines and Graduate Degree Show approach.

Once the Masters students have completed their studies in early September, the Haldane Building studios will be reinstated for the use of first year School of Design students and we look forward to welcoming you there.
 
Programme Leaders and academic staff teams also continue to plan timetables in preparation for September (as usual), this includes welcome talks and induction activity, Design Domain Symposium guest speakers and themed projects, external specialist visiting lecturers, and field trips.

I hope that this information is of interest to you. Over the next few weeks, I will send regular updates from the School of Design to you by email. Please do keep checking your GSA email for e-bulletins from GSA and Canvas for updates about your programme and studies as usual.

In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please email me, B.Ridley@gsa.ac.uk or your Programme Leader directly, we would be happy to hear from you.
 
Best Wishes


Barbara Ridley
Head of School of Design




Weekly Update for staff and students: 16/8/18

Plans for Academic Year 2018/19
We are continuing to finalise the plans for Academic Year 2018/19.  As part of this we can now confirm that we are in the process of finalising a lease on the Charles Oakley House to house the Mackintosh School of Architecture, necessitated by the ongoing works on Renfrew Street. Charles Oakley House is located in the City Centre on Cathedral Street and is a Category B-listed Building formerly occupied by City of Glasgow College. The lead architect of the Building was Peter Williams of Wylie, Shanks & Partners, who also designed the Motherwell Civic Centre. Williams was a GSA graduate himself, and a relatively young man when the design for what was then known as the Central College of Commerce was produced (with thanks to Bruce Peter for the information and archive image). See more

All staff and students from the Mackintosh School of Architecture will be moving to Charles Oakley House in the new Semester. As mentioned in previous updates, for the first two weeks of the Semester, MSA are bringing together all students to work on the Vertical Project, which has traditional been an architecture school activity in the past. The intention is that MSA will be teaching in Charles Oakley House from the start of October.

As per our update earlier this week, work is still progressing on the Mackintosh Building works to schedule, and the east gable of the Mackintosh Building is within two weeks of stabilisation. After this point we very much hope Glasgow City Council Building Control will reduce the size of the current security cordon, and potentially allow access to the Reid Building from the back lane and access to residents on Dalhousie Street.

Other buildings in the city centre are being looked at for potential temporary accommodation for the School of Design whilst any necessary works on the Reid Building take place prior to being operational early in Semester 1. We will keep all staff and students notified in the Weekly Update.
 

What We Know
We have produced a 'What We Know' document providing an overview of information known by the GSA regarding the Mackintosh Building Fire on 15th June 2018. This document is publicly available on the GSA website (and by clicking here) and as more information becomes available we will update this document.

 


Weekly Update for staff and students:  8/8/18

Graduate Degree Show 2018
Preview 31 August
Open to the public: 1-9 September

Tontine Building: SoFA and M.Des Sound for the Moving Image
The Garment Factory: SoD, Innovation, Sim/Vis and MSA.

Dear all,

Graduate Degree Show 2018

Promotion for Graduate Degree Show 2018 launches this week across the city and beyond...

You'll start to see posters for the public show (1-9 September) appearing at sites in Merchant City, City Centre and West End, on trains and at stations, on the Underground, in posters in venues, bars and cafes, and on social media (if you/your programme are planning any of your own social media activity please tag us so we can share/RT etc).

Twitter: @GSofA
Insta:@glasgowschoolart
or share on our fb:/glasgowschoolart

With the degree show on the horizon here's information on ticketing for the previews, the official afterparty and submitting images for the Graduate Degree Show website.

Ticketing and Preview Arrangements
Preview is as you know on Friday 31st August, over both sites. We have a venue partner in The Garment Factory, and refreshments at both The Garment Factory and Tontine will be provided by Cold Town Beer and GSA free of charge.

There are two previews on the 31st:

Industry Preview 4-6pm. Private. Ticketed. Invitations and a covering letter have been mailed out by Marketing using our central database of Industry contacts, gallerists and buyers, and VIPs. You should be on site during this time to speak to these important contacts.

'Family and Friends' Preview 6-9pm. Ticketed (private) via Eventbrite. Please reserve your tickets or send the link to guests to reserve tickets. ​

Professional Practice (this info was issued to PG students oNly)
GSA recognises the importance of professional practice and we are mindful of the impact that recent changes to the Graduate Degree Show plans may have made to students' arrangements for, for example, fundraising for catalogues or arrangements for future group shows.

In order to mitigate this, all programmes will be given (via your Head of School) a lump sum that can be collectively used as you wish. Exact amounts will be equitable across schools and departments and will be confirmed locally.

Afterparty
The GSA Students' Association has confirmed that this year's official GDS2018 Afterparty will be held at at Mono, 12 Kings Court, Glasgow [http://www.monocafebar.com], just a few minutes away from both of sites, from 9pm - 1am.

The event is free and no tickets are required to join in the party...

GDS2018 Website (this info was issued to PG students only)
The website goes live on 31st August for the Preview. We are continuing to collect images for the site - if you wish to be featured on the website please send:

An image or video of your work, with your name as the file name - jpg (preferably 300dpi) for image, or film in Vimeo-friendly format to Claire Biddles, Communications Officer at c.biddles@gsa.ac.uk something that you think represents your work well, as past Graduate Degree Show websites remain online as archives. If the file is above 6MB, please send as a wetransfer or dropbox link. The title of the work and your contact details as you want them to appear on the website, including any website or blog addresses Some context for your work - a few lines explaining the piece or your practice/project as a whole Your name as you want it to appear on the website Your programme of study. Images for press and media

We will also be selecting images from those sent for the website to be sent to press and media, so please bear this in mind if you are keen to have images of your work appear in previews of the show across the web and print. To be considered for press circulation, images need to be 300dpi and large enough to print to a reasonable size, and should be visually striking and bold. Press are also often interested in highlighting projects with a particularly intriguing or topical backstory or concept, which can be articulated in the project description. Any images used in GSA publicity materials or for press will credit the artist fully.

Please send images/video to [c.biddles@gsa.ac.uk] - as soon as you are able please - all images need to received by the end of the day on Friday 24th August. We cannot guarantee that you will be featured on the site in time for the preview past this point although will endeavour to do so.

Your Privacy
In submitting images and data (name, email, title of work etc) you are providing consent for GSA to use this data. We will only use your data (including images of work):

• to supply you with the news, services and information which you have requested; and

• to invite you to events and happenings that might be of interest to you

• to promote the work of GSA, our students, staff and alumni

We use images of work across a range of digital platforms including the GSA website, social media and video and image sharing platforms. Images form part of the GSA’s wider archive and are permanently retained.

 


Weekly Update 2/8/18

Dear all,

Buildings and Access
We remain on schedule to complete the stablisation of the Mackintosh Building within our eight week timetable. 

Due to the current works on the Mackintosh Building we have been investigating a number of options for alternative accommodation for the Mackintosh School of Architecture, and potentially the School of Design for the coming academic session. This has involved the detailed testing of a number of locations to ensure that they will provide an appropriate, relevant learning and teaching environment. The possibilities that are being explored are all located within the city centre and we will confirm progress next week.   

Both the School of Design and the Mackintosh School of Architecture are planning their teaching programme off-site for weeks 1 and 2 of Semester 1 to afford a degree of flexibility for entry to buildings across campus, including any possible new accommodation. We are still investigating levels of access to the Reid Building and alternative accommodation that might be required for the School of Design depending on progress regarding access to the Reid. We are monitoring progress of works on the Mackintosh Building (still going according to schedule), which affects our access to the Reid Building.

Library: Specialist Books + Ordering
GSA Library have put in place a number of measures so that you can continue to access the library materials that you need for your studies. There is helpful information on the Library website about these, including how to find all the e-books which are part of the collection. You can also stream and download a number of magazines in art, design and architecture to your mobile device using our Magazines-on-the-Go service.

If what you need is a particular print book then tell us and we will either borrow a copy on your behalf from another library or buy a new copy that you can borrow until the Library reopens. Our inter-library loan network is huge and includes almost all the other UK art school and university libraries as well as the British Library so there is very little we can’t get for you. The book request form is here.

Library staff are always happy to help you get what you need. The Library Information Point is available on Level 3 of the Haldane Building at 30 Hill Street. Opening hours are between 09.00-13.00 and 14.00-17.00 Monday-Friday. You can also contact us at library@gsa.ac.uk and we will reply as soon as possible.

Art Materials and Supplies: Paint and Mortar
Whilst the shop currently remains closed, Paint and Mortar would like to remind staff and students that it is still able to trade and place orders with suppliers for most of their usual stock and may be able to organise a direct delivery service exclusively for GSA students and staff. Enquiries regarding art materials for the new semester or for more urgent supplies can be sent to Paint and Mortar by the following means.
email: orders@paintandmortar.com
phone or text: 07972109580

GDS 2018
PG Students have today received an update regarding our plans for GDS2018. A decision has been made to change the venue from the Kelvin Hall and will now be held at Merchant City - over two sites - the Tontine Building (SoFA and M.Des Sound for the Moving Image from SimVis) and The Garment Factory (Architecture, Design, Innovation and all other SimVis). The preview date remains as planned at 31 August and the show will be open to the public from 1-9 September. Digital tickets will be made available for staff and students early next week for the preview (6-9pm, 31 August) and we hope you can join us there. 

 

 

July 25, 2018

Dear all,

This week's update looks at progress regarding plans for the new Semester and works on Renfrew Street.

Semester will start as planned at GSA on 17 September. Freshers' Week is still happening from 11 September and we are supporting GSASA in the development of their Freshers' Week programme, and also developing Induction programmes for our new arrivals which will see enrolment take place in Fleming House, GFT and Kelvin Hall.

Buildings and Access
We remain on schedule to complete the stablisation of the Mackintosh Building within our eight week timetable. As reported in yesterday's statement, the top sections to the east and south walls of the south east block have now been significantly reduced in height, and the south section of the east gable has been taken down to match the level of the south wall. The main focus of the works has been on the east gable and south façade - those areas that most directly affect our neighbours - to ensure that they can return to their homes and businesses as soon as possible.

If this work continues to go to schedule it will have a significant positive impact on our return to Renfrew Street. However, there will still be an inevitable level of disruption. We now know that we will not have access to the Bourdon Building (south, adjacent to the Mackintosh Building). The substantial damage to the Reid façade will require us to look at alternative means of entry to the building and a plan is being drawn up to enable access from the rear - off the lane on the Dalhousie Street side. Works to repair the damage to the Reid will mean that part of the ground floor will be inaccessible for the foreseeable future, including the Window on Mackintosh and part of the Gallery.

Access to the Students' Association accommodation also looks to be limited at the moment and we are working with GSASA on alternatives for their commercial operations, which they should be in a position to confirm in the near future.

The School of Design and the Mackintosh School of Architecture are planning their teaching programme off-site for weeks 1 and 2 of Semester 1 to afford a degree of flexibility on entry to buildings and any required move to alternative accommodation. We are cognisant that there is a lot of speculation in circulation regarding teaching accommodation as we deal with an evolving situation in terms of access to buildings, look at a number of different options and consider what would be most appropriate in terms of teaching and the student experience. Please be aware that no plan is currently firm, but that we should be in a position to issue details of plans for alternative accommodation in next week's bulletin on Wednesday 1 August.

Work on the Stow Building continues and the building will be coming on stream in 2018/19 with the full range of activities planned by Fine Art expected to happen.

Postgraduate Students
Each school is working proactively with affected postgraduate students to best mitigate loss of access to studio/materials. Should you have any queries concerning these arrangements please contact your Programme Leader or Head of School directly.

GDS 2018
Work on the Graduate Degree Show 2018 at Kelvin Hall is ongoing and the show will preview on 31 August, continuing through September. Exhibiting students have been contacted directly by Marketing with details of image submission for the accompanying GDS2018 website.

The next update will be issued to you on Wednesday 1 August.

 

19 July 2018
Undergraduate Student Update

It is now almost five weeks since the fire in the Mackintosh Building on 15 June. We have been working around the clock since then to try and minimise as far as possible, the impact of the incident on students and the student experience at GSA. 

The consequences of the fire for GSA have been extensive and trying to mitigate these has and continues to be a highly complex process. Over the last weeks whilst we dealt with these issues we were not in a position to offer students much in the way of certainty about our plans for the new academic year.  We do understand that this will have caused you an amount of anxiety about the future and the impact that the disruption caused by the fire might have on your studies. We are also cognisant that the fire inevitably impacts on some students more than others; the impact on the Schools of Fine Art, Innovation and Simulation and Visualisation will be minimal whilst there is likely to be much more impact on students from the School of Design and Mackintosh School of Architecture due the proximity of the Reid and Bourdon buildings to the Mackintosh site.

Thank you all for your patience and consideration over the past five weeks - please be assured that GSA students have been and remain at the forefront of our minds during this entire process. As our plans start to take shape and we gather more detailed information, we are now in more of a position to show you how GSA's plans are coming together, what disruption there might be in the future for students and how we plan to best mitigate that. From here on in we will issue a detailed bulletin with all the available facts each Wednesday to students. 

Here is the information as we have it today

Our initial assessments of the Reid and Bourdon Buildings indicate that with the exception of the substantial damage to the Reid facade the buildings are sound (although require a deep clean) and we can confirm that the Library and Reid Workshops are undamaged.

You will have seen from the latest communciations that work on the Mackintosh Building is proceeding as planned and if this continues to go to schedule it will have a significant positive impact on our return to Renfrew Street. However there will be an inevitable level of disruption - and as it stands we do not anticipate being able to have access to the Bourdon at the start of the semester and we understand that access to the Reid Building may be restricted. We are currently looking at a number of options for alternative accommodation that are within the City Centre and we will be in a position to update you on these by mid-August.

Work on the Stow Building is proceeding as planned and this building will be coming on stream in 2018/19 with the full range of activities planned by Fine Art expected to happen.

Work on the Graduate Degree Show 2018 at Kelvin Hall continues apace and the show will preview on 31 August and will continue through September.

The next update will be issued to you on Wednesday, and weekly thereafter.

 

5 July 2018
Update for Postgraduate Students

Dear all,

Update for Postgraduate Students: Extension of Opening Hours


In order to support PGT students with their studies across Stage 3 and towards the Graduate Degree Show 2018 at Kelvin Hall, GSA will be extending normal opening hours across the Haldane, Tontine, Richmond/ J D Kelly, Barnes and Hub (Pacific Quay) buildings from Monday 9th July 2018.

These buildings will be open from 8.00am-10.00pm, seven days a week for the remainder of Stage 3

At present the Highlands and Islands Campus at Altyre will maintain its usual opening hours.
 

Technical Services and Extended Workshop Access


In addition to the extension of standard opening hours to buildings, access to staffed TSD services has been extended as follows:

J.D. Kelly 
Printmaking: 5pm - 9pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9th July – 16th August.

Haldane 
Casting Workshop: Saturday 7th July, 10am-6pm (one day only) then every Wednesday and Friday 6pm - 9pm throughout July.
Textiles:  From 9th July – 16th August - access to general facilities 8am – 10pm with staffed evenings on Tuesdays and Thursdays 5pm – 9pm to enable use of specialist equipment. 

Richmond 
Photography/Media Studio: 4th July – 31st August, 8am – 10pm for both the Photo Scanning Suite (inducted students only) and Media Studio Edit Suites.

Other Access
Additional access requirements for Barnes Rapid PrototypingTontine Wood Workshop and Haldane Screen Printing facilities is currently being considered and we will update you on any changes as soon as possible.


2 July 2018
GSA Library Services Update

Dear All

GSA Library Services Update
GSA Library has put in place a number of measures to ensure that you can continue to access the library materials you need for your studies whilst the Bourdon Building is not accessible. Full information on the Library services available from today, Monday 2 July, can be found here

A GSA Library information point is now available on Level 3 of the Haldane Building at 30 Hill Street. Here, library staff will be available to advise you of the services available and to answer any questions you may have.

Library information point opening times
09.00-17.00
Monday-Friday

You can also contact GSA Library by email library@gsa.ac.uk
Important updates from GSA Library will be posted on twitter @GSALibrary.


29 June 2018
Update: Reopening 2 July 2018

Dear all

Update for Postgraduate Students

Firstly, thanks so much for your patience over the last two weeks whilst we worked to put in place arrangements for the whole PG cohort and for August examination diet students.  Programmes for PGT will recommence on campus on Monday 2nd July at 9.30am. All students who had previously been based in the Reid and Bourdon will be based in the Haldane Building. All students previously based in McLellan Galleries will be based in the Richmond and JD Kelly Buildings.

We do appreciate that you might not have had the opportunity to speak directly to staff yet - cohort meetings will be held early next week to give you the opportunity for a face-to-face update from staff and to ask any questions, and PGR coordinators will also be in touch directly with PGR students early next week.

We ask for your understanding that Week 1 is now going to be slightly different in terms of programme delivery.  This is partly due to the complexities of accessing the Reid and Bourdon buildings and McLellan Galleries at the moment to remove work and equipment - this is an ongoing discussion with Building Control who are in control of the site and working with us on stabilisation of the Mackintosh Building - and partly because we need to fully confirm our requirements for GDS 2018 with the proposed venue – the Kelvin Hall and various project managers.

GDS 2018
You will be aware that meetings and site visits have been held this week for students regarding the proposed Graduate Degree Show 2018 venue – the Kelvin Hall. Another site visit will be made available in the near future and students will be contacted separately regarding this.

Assessment Dates
A slight change to Exam Boards and Publication of results dates has been agreed as we put in place arrangements to mitigate some of the GSA closure time over the last two weeks. The updated Semester Dates are available here for the current session (2017/2018).

Workshops/ Technical Support
Staff have been working over the past two weeks and purchased £250K of new equipment to put in place decant workshops, detailed here on a map. We hope to have activity in all areas in place from Monday, with the exception of the Barnes’ Metal Workshop and Assembly Area which will be ready on 11th July.

For Media Studio equipment, on Monday 2nd July and Tuesday 3rd of July we would like students who have equipment out on loan to return it to the Barnes before allowing any further bookings.


We will continue to issue updates and information next week as and when we have it.


Update: 28 June 2018

Dear all,

The latest statement from GSA has been released today, 28 June and is available to read below. All statements and updates to date are also available on the GSA website here.


Statement from The Glasgow School of Art on the Mackintosh Building

Yesterday The Glasgow School of Art, working with its team of structural experts, had an opportunity to continue its assessment of the structural integrity of the Mackintosh Building. The GSA’s new specialist site contractor, Reigart, has now bought large mobile cranes on site to allow detailed close-up visual assessment of damage to the building. All of this information is being shared with the Glasgow City Council Building Control team to establish an effective stabilisation strategy that ensures public safety.

The detailed visual assessment shows that damage to the Mackintosh Building is significantly greater than had initially been anticipated from ground visual assessment and the data from the drone and scanning footage which were undertaken last week.

The Glasgow School of Art’s site contractor Reigart, together with its structural engineers, David Narro Associates, are using all this information to develop a plan of works to achieve structural stability of the building. This will be agreed with Historic Environment Scotland (HES) and Glasgow City Council (GCC) Building Control. All parties are working in close collaboration to allow plans to be developed and agreed as quickly as possible.

The areas of significant concern are the east elevation, the west elevation and sections of the south elevation. The plan of works will involve Reigart undertaking extensive down takings and potential structural bracing. Due to the condition of the Mackintosh Building this work will be undertaken in a highly controlled way to minimise any potential risk of failure and be sufficient to achieve structural stability of the Mackintosh Building. 

The aim of the GSA and GCC will be to return normal access for residents and businesses as soon as possible.

When the plan of works has been agreed with HES and GCC Building Control it will be made public.

 

25 June 2018
Graduate Degree Show 2018 meeting and Kelvinhall site visits

Postgraduate students are invited to join us this Wednesday 27 June for a presentation and Kelvinhall site visit to outline our proposals for the forthcoming Graduate Degree Show 2018. 

The Presentations will take place at the University of Glasgow's Lecture Theatre this Wednesday 27 June and will be split into two groups of students:
 

1. School of Fine Art, Mackintosh School of Architecture, School of Simulation and Visualisation
1.30pm Presentation, lecture theatre (30 mins)
2.15pm Site Visit & Questions (1 hour) - Kelvinhall Arena (access from Blantyre Rd.)  

2. Innovation School, School of Design
4pm: Presentation, lecture theatre (30 mins)
4:45pm: Site Visit (1 hour), Kelvinhall Arena (access from Blantyre Rd.)

 
Please note students from the Innovation School based at Altyre unable to attend this session will be issued the presentation locally and will be offered alternative dates for a site visit to the Kelvinhall Arena.

Presentation Venue
Lecture Theatre (please click below):

Room in main lecture theatre (Room 257) in the Kelvin Building, University of Glasgow) (B8 on the map)

 

 

22/06/18
Student Weekly Bulletin

Hello all

Mackintosh Building Fire and GSA Closure

Following the devastating fire in the Mackintosh Building last Friday night, the decision was taken to close the entire Glasgow School of Art campus. This has been to allow key staff time to assess the likely impacts, to make arrangements for a smooth re-opening of teaching spaces and to ensure that everything required is in place for students returning to complete PGT studies, for the PGT degree show and for incoming students. You can read more about this in the recent communications from the school on the GSA website here.

Reopening
All GSA buildings remain closed to students until July 2nd. Until this time staff are unable to meet with students for tuition. The GSA campus will reopen to students on 2nd July.

Students whose work spaces were previously located within the Bourdon, Reid, Breckenridge House and McLellan buildings will be provided with alternative spaces – your Programme Leader will be in touch next week to confirm specific locations. Additionally, plans are being formulated to provide alternative workshop facilities and access upon your return. Alternative provison for library and information services is also being arranged.
 
Masters Assessment & Deadlines
The assessment schedule is currently being revised to acknowledge the interruption to study caused by the fire. Revised arrangements for access and assessment have been considered for each School, and details of these will be published on Tuesday 26th June. 

Library Access
All GSA post-graduate students can access the University of Glasgow Library study spaces and collections (print & digital). If you have not already set up your access please follow these instructions https://gsalibrarysite.files.wordpress.com/2016/07/accessing-gu-library1.pdf
 

Additional information for students on how to access other libraries in Glasgow while the GSA Library is closed is available on the Library website https://lib.gsa.ac.uk/accessing-other-libraries/
  
Graduate Degree Show
Please be assured we are working to ensure that the Graduate Degree Show will go ahead to provide a platform to celebrate the work of the students of The Glasgow School of Art. More information will follow next week.
 
Many thanks for your patience, understanding and support as we work through this difficult period. Our goal is to provide the best possible experience to you our current students, and to the students arriving in September 2018.
 

Regards,
 

Paul Chapman, Gordon Hush,
Alistair Payne, 
Barbara Ridley, Sally Stewart
Heads of School
The Glasgow School of Art

 

20/06/18

Dear all,

Student Weekly Bulletin

Heads of School are establishing a regular weekly bulletin to update you on what is happening on the campus in the wake of the fire: what has been achieved that week and what we anticipate will be happening the following week.

We are currently working to revise the assessment schedule for the AUGUST Examination Diet in recognition of the closure of the GSA campus until the 2nd July. We will issue the revised schedule via Canvas and the GSA website as soon as we have it confirmed.

We are also working to gather concerns and questions from students about the immediate impact of the fire, and to respond to and resolve any issues that arise from these.

The extent of the fire and its consequences require that academic, technical, professional and support staff are able to focus on putting in place measures to ensure that teaching and other core business for all students can continue from July 2nd. However, this does mean that until July 2nd all GSA buildings remain closed to students.

The first Weekly Bulletin will be sent out this Friday 22nd to all students.

best,

Paul Chapman
Gordon Hush
Alistair Payne
Barbara Ridley
Sally Stewart
Heads of School
The Glasgow School of Art

18/06/18

Dear all,

Mackintosh Building Fire and GSA Closure

Following Friday’s fire in the Mackintosh Building, staff have been focused on detailed planning regarding both the immediate arrangements for our postgraduate students and the continuing operation of the School for all of our GSA community from September 2018.

Our top priority since Friday has been on all our students and the continued operation of the School, and of immediate concern is maintaining the educational experience of our whole postgraduate cohort. The current situation is that the Mackintosh Building remains under the control of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS), and currently there is no access to either of the adjacent buildings, the Reid Building or Bourdon Building. This is primarily for safety reasons. There is some damage to these buildings which has yet to be fully assessed, principally to the exterior facades, and the Mackintosh Building itself remains a live incident site. As a result, access to these buildings looks to remain an issue for some time. McLellan Galleries and Breckenridge House are also inaccessible at this time.

Re-opening Date
This presents challenges in terms of immediate provision for the remainder of semester 3 for our current PGT/R students (and August examination diet). It has been agreed that to ensure that the best possible arrangements and facilities are in place for these students, and to facilitate the smoothest transition for any changes, all buildings across the GSA will now remain closed for two weeks until re-opening on Monday 2 July, 2018.

This two-week period of closure across the School will allow all GSA staff from all disciplines and locations to collaborate and to pull together as one team to work on detailed arrangements, ensuring the best academic continuity, including access to technical services, staff, IT, learning resources and studio facilities, for all students. This time and the ability to act jointly and with cohesion ensures that any decisions taken during this complex and difficult time, either immediate or longer term, are fully considered and taken in the very best interests of all of our student community, now and in the future.

Specific Arrangements
As the situation becomes clearer, students will be contacted by specific schools/ departments about programme-specific arrangements regarding venues and mitigation of your time without access to the GSA. However please be aware that this is all currently in the process of being fully considered and we would ask that you bear with us for the moment whilst we give this our full attention.


Moving forward from re-opening on Monday 2 July, GSA activity currently looks like this:

Degree Show: London
Existing plans for graduate exhibitions in London at New Designers, Free Range, East London Comics and Art Festival and at the Candid Arts Trust over the summer are unchanged.

Graduate Degree Show 2018
Staff are looking at the possibility of an additional alternative location in the city as necessary. 

Academic Year 2018/2019
The new Academic Year 2018/2019 will start in September as scheduled.


Planning regarding the detail of opening from 2 July is ongoing and we are sure that you all appreciate the complexity and changing nature of the current situation. Please be aware that we are working hard on your behalf and we will send you updates out regularly, and as soon as we are able.


Kind Regards


Paul Chapman, Gordon Hush, Alistair Payne,
Barbara Ridley, Sally Stewart

Heads of School
The Glasgow School of Art

16/06/18

16/06/18


Dear all,

As you will be aware from communications issued by the School over the course of today, following the fire in the Mackintosh Building on 15/6/18 all buildings across the GSA Glasgow campus will now be closed for the next week. During this time please do not try to access any GSA buildings.
 

Students on the Overseas Immersion Programme (Y3 Singapore students) or Pre-Sessional English for Creative Disciplines only:
Students for each of these short programmes should attend as scheduled from Monday, and are asked to report to the Haldane Building where these programmes will be based.


Updates will continue to be issued to staff and students as and when we have any further information.

 

Tom Inns
Director

16/06/18

Dear all

As you will be aware, the Mackintosh Building, currently under restoration, suffered a major fire last night (Friday, 15 June).

The site remains under the control of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and consequently all GSA buildings will remain closed to staff, students and to all visitors until further notice. Staff and students should monitor GSA on Twitter @GSofA and via your GSA email for updates.

Press and Media
There is clearly significant press and media interest in the GSA at this time.  Staff are reminded to follow the standard GSA protocols and direct any media enquiries through Lesley Booth (press@gsa.ac.uk).

Tom Inns
Director

 

Update 16 June 2018
2.15am

The Mackintosh Building, currently under restoration, suffered a major fire last night (Friday, 15 June).

The site remains under the control of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and consequently all GSA buildings will remain closed to staff, students and to all visitors until further notice.

We will provide further information and updates as they become available.