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14.05.2019

Update on Camberwell College of Arts MA Conservation course – 14 May 2019

David Crow, Pro Vice-Chancellor Student Experience and Head of Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon, contacted Icon in February to inform us that University of the Arts London (UAL) had taken the decision to close the MA Conservation course currently being delivered at Camberwell College of Arts.

This announcement was unexpected and is a matter of great concern to Icon and to its members.

Icon’s Board of Trustees discussed UAL’s decision at their March meeting and agreed that Icon should write to UAL to express our sadness at the loss of a long-standing and greatly valued course, and to share our concerns about the potential negative impacts of the decision.

In order to ensure that Icon’s formal response fully reflected the views of Trustees and the wider membership we engaged with Camberwell staff and alumni, and the Book and Paper Group. This process culminated in a roundtable meeting in late April where members with an interest in the closure of the MA in Conservation came together to share their views. The meeting was very productive, and we were able to gather a great deal of well-considered reflections on the potential impact of the MA course closure on conservation training and on the profession. We also identified a range of issues that UAL will need to consider as it works through the academic closure process. Those who were not able to attend the meeting were able to submit comments via email.

The information gathered through our internal discussion process was used to generate a letter that was sent by Sara Crofts, Chief Executive of Icon, to Nigel Carrington, Vice Chancellor of UAL on 9th May 2019.

We await a response.

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