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Art History and Visual Culture MA Student secures prestigious internship at Guggenheim, New York

 

A core component of the MA in Art History and Visual Culture programme is a 9-week internship carried out over the summer months. Coming towards the end of their MA studies, students tell us that the internship provides them with the opportunity to put into practice the skills and knowledge they have gained during their time at Richmond. Students are placed with a wide range of leading cultural institutions depending on their personal interests. One of this years students, Irati Arrieta has recently completed an internship with The Arts Catalyst, were she gained valuable art commissioning and management skills and will now go on to take up a placement with Guggenheim, New York. Irati commented:

“During my nine weeks with The Arts Catalyst I have exercised a very wide range of skills at work, such as researching for future projects, making contracts for the artists, creating risk assessment documents and press releases, organising information into neat spreadsheets, or getting in touch with local groups in order to promote the events. But aside from exercising a long list of transferrable skills, I have also gained a wide perspective on how an art commissioning organisation works, how they develop their projects and how their vision of future influences the work they do at the present.

Picture2I can say that this has been a successful internship experience in that it has given me the chance to have a fist hand engagement with the daily activities of an arts commissioning organisation, through which I have developed a highly valuable skillset and an equally important critical awareness on how the art industry works. Through the many different projects I have had the opportunity to collaborate with, I have acquired a wide vision of the steps, processes and contacts required to go ahead with a publicly funded art project, as well as the prior research needed and the media and marketing infrastructure through which it is publicised to the public”

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Wrecked! on the Intertidal zone: A Series of Investigations into the Thames Estuary. Commissioned by The Arts Catalyst. Photo Credit: Irati Arrieta

With glowing endorsements from her summer placement, and a strong academic record Irati has successfully secured a highly competitive, and prestigious graduate internship at Guggenheim, New York, which she will begin in September 2015.

“I see the internship at Guggenheim New York as an excellent opportunity to continue learning about the contemporary art world in one of its leading institutions, while consolidating the knowledge and skills I’ve acquired so far and expanding my work experience in a world class museum. I think that having an international work and academic experience has been quite decisive for achieving such a placement, and studying an MA in Art History and Visual Culture in a global art hub such as London makes a great difference, at both a personal and professional level”

Art History and Visual Culture Programme Convenor, Professor Robert Wallis commented:

“We are delighted for Irati, during her time at Richmond she has shown a real dedication to her studies, and demonstrated a flair for Art History and Visual Culture across a range of courses including Contemporary Art and Professional Practice. Irati joins a long line of Richmond graduates who have taken up positions at key international museums and galleries including The Saatchi Gallery and The Metropolitan Museum of Art”

Further details about the MA in Arts History and Visual Culture Programme and how to apply for this programme.

Professor George Xinsheng Zhang

Richmond’s Professor George Zhang recently spoke on Chinese language teacher training at the International Conference on Teaching and Learning Chinese Higher Education

Richmond’s Professor George Zhang recently spoke on Chinese language teacher training in the UK and Holland at the 13th International Conference on Teaching and Learning Chinese Higher Education: Past, Present and Future in Oxford University (8-10 July) organised by the British Chinese Language Teaching Society (BCLTS).

The conference drew over 160 participants from all around the world this year. He also gave a talk, via video link, at the Fifth International Chinese Teacher Education Forum in Beijing (15-17 July).

The annual forum was organised by the China Open University and is the only regular international forum of its kind in China. Professor Zhang is also a member of the advisory council for both organisations.swed

Dr Parviz Dabir Alai

Dr Parviz Dabir-Alai invited to Oxford University to discuss work on informal labour markets in South Asia

Dr Parviz Dabir-Alai, Professor of Economics, was recently invited (July 2015) to the Department of International Development at Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford University, to discuss with faculty and postgraduate researchers the work he has done on the measurement of economic vulnerability within informal labour markets in South Asia; and also to discuss work pioneered as part of Oxford University’s Poverty and Human Development Initiative on multidimensional indicators of poverty.

Subject to further extensions of it Dr Dabir-Alai’s work on measuring economic vulnerability is now complete but his research methodology has been replicated by academics in Ethiopia, Peru and the Philippines.

Dr Martin D. Brown

Richmond’s Dr Martin D. Brown writes for the London School of Economics’ EUROPP Blog

Forty years later, the signing of the Helsinki Final Act continues to have an impact on European security

The Ukraine crisis dramatically raised the profile of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), with the OSCE playing a role in discussions between Russia, Europe and the United States. It also provided an opportunity for the organisation to demonstrate its continued relevance to European security, forty years after the signing of the so called ‘Helsinki Final Act’ in 1975, which served as the foundation for the establishment of the OSCE. Martin D. Brown and Angela Romano provide an overview of the significance of the Final Act, its original aims and how its contents shaped future security developments up to the present day.

http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/2015/08/13/forty-years-later-the-signing-of-the-final-act-of-the-conference-on-security-and-cooperation-in-europe-continues-to-have-an-impact-on-european-security/

ACCREDITED PROGRAMME

BSc Accounting & Finance programme formally receives accreditation from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

ACCREDITED PROGRAMMEThe School of Business & Economics at Richmond University is pleased to announce that their BSc Accounting & Finance programme has formally received accreditation from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) the global body for professional accountants.

Assessment has been carried out by ACCA against the BSc Accounting & Finance and in addition to their degrees students will now be able to obtain professional exemption from ACCA examination which needs to be completed to gain chartered qualified accountant status.


Commenting on this achievement, Professor Adrian Wilkins, Dean of School said “this is an important development for the school and for our students who appreciate the growing importance of professional accreditation in their degree programmes. At Richmond University we aim to provide a high quality business- focused education and we wish all our students on the BSc Accounting & Finance programme every success in their studies.”

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Overview

Richmond, The American International University in London is a private, liberal arts university established in 1972 in Richmond, London. The university’s degrees are accredited in the USA by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and are validated in the UK by the Open University Validation Services (OUVS). Richmond hopes to achieve taught degree awarding powers (TDAP) by 2016.

The university is split between two campuses, both in the Greater London area: the Richmond campus, and the Kensington campus. The Richmond campus is the primary residence of undergraduate students, especially freshman who have just enrolled at the university; its facade is a major symbol of the school and appears on almost all promotional literature. The school’s The Kensington campus ( a closely grouped set of buildings) is where many of the upper-level undergraduate and postgraduate students reside.

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MBA Student Successfully Completes Internship at Virgin StartUp

A key feature of the MBA Programme is the opportunity to carry out a nine week internship over the summer months.

The School of Business & Economics is pleased to report that Keri Hodnik has recently successfully completed her internship with Virgin StartUp.

Virgin StartUp was created as a delivery partner for the government Startup Loans Scheme, whose mission was to provide loans of up to  £25,000 to UK residents to start independent businesses. Keri was responsible for developing a co-working proposition. This would see Virgin StartUp move away from simply providing early stage funding to having a physical space in Central London, which would provide not only co-working space for entrepreneurs, but also incorporate popup retail space, a commercial café as well as housing a Virgin StartUp run accelerator programme.

Andy Fishburn ( Head of Investment at Virgin StartUp ) commented:

“ Keri is the first intern that we have had at Virgin StartUp, and based on this experience it is certainly something we would look to do again… From our perspective, the Internship Programme has been a great success and I hope Keri has gotten as much out of her time as we have.”

MA Art History & Visual Culture

Internship Leads to Employment for Visual Arts Management and Curating Student

A core component of the MA in Visual Arts Management and Curating programme is a 9-week internship carried out over the summer months. Coming towards the end of their MA studies, students tell us that the internship provides them with the opportunity to put into practice the skills and knowledge they have gained during their time at Richmond. Students are placed with a wide range of leading cultural institutions depending on their personal interests. This week we were delighted to hear that Kaitlyn Durvin who has been interning at Arts and Business Council Greater Boston has been offered full time employment.

Arts & Business Boston were so impressed with Kaitlyn’s performance while on placement, that they have created a new position especially for her. In this role Kaitlyn will be responsible for leading on programs, artists and communication.

D’ylnne Plummer, Director of Professional Development, Arts and Business Council Greater Boston commented on Kaitlyn’s performance to date:

“she’s very energetic and attentive, and we know she’ll continue to add a lot of value in her role. We expect there will be a learning curve for her over the next few months, but she asks good questions and makes good decisions, and she also works well autonomously, so we think this will be a great fit. She has done great work during her internship.”

Dr Ivan K. Cohen

Dr Ivan Cohen, Associate Professor: Finance & Economics – recent 2015 publications

Recently Ivan K. Cohen has been working in a number of areas, including bringing together aspects of Economics or Finance in a broader context.
Most recently he has been a co-author (with Fabrizio Ferretti and Bryan McIntosh) of “A simple framework for analysing the impact of economic growth on non-communicable diseases” in COGENT Economics & Finance 3(1) [www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/23322039.2015.1045215]
 
He has also been involved with two chapters in the Handbook of Research on Integrating Social Media into Strategic Marketing (IGI Global):
 
Chapter 11: “Social media and higher education: direct and indirect marketing” (with Julie Salaber)
Chapter 19: “Social media and marketing: the evolution of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club”.
Dr Robert J. Wallis

Dr Robert J. Wallis published on The Art of Archaeology of Falconry

Dr Robert J. Wallis, Professor of Visual Culture, has been published in the journal, ‘The Falconer’, in an article entitled ‘”To claim a great antiquity for that diversion”: re-examining the earliest evidence for falconry’. Wallis’ critical overview of this neglected subject develops his work published in the journal ‘Antiquity’ in 2014 and considers the latest evidence in art and archaeology from prehistoric Britain, the Near East, Central Asia and East Asia.

Wallis challenges the widespread assumption that falconry originated in Central Asia up to 6,000 years ago, arguing that the convincing evidence here does not in fact emerge until the middle of the first millennium CE, and in East Asia a little earlier, from the early first millennium CE. Recent suggestions that falconry may have been practiced in Bronze Age Britain are also unpersuasive.

Wallis demonstrates that the most convincing evidence for the earliest falconry emerges from the early to mid third millennium BCE in Anatolia. His ongoing research is in preparation for the first book-length treatment of the subject.

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Art History and Visual Culture MA Student Successfully Completes Internship at South London Gallery

A core component of the MA in Art History and Visual Culture programme is a 9-week internship carried out over the summer months. Coming towards the end of their MA studies, students tell us that the internship provides them with the opportunity to put into practice the skills and knowledge they have gained during their time at Richmond. Students are placed with a wide range of leading cultural institutions depending on their personal interests. Last week Madison Martin, one of the students on the Art History and Visual Culture Programme successfully completed her internship at South London Gallery.

During her time with the South London Gallery, Madison has gained an insight into the wide range of activities that happen every day to ensure a public gallery runs smoothly, and exhibitions are curated and installed successfully. As she comes to the end of her time at South London Gallery she reflects on her experience and what she has learnt along the way:

“What I like about working for the programmes department is that everyone is

working together for one goal. All of the little pieces have to be complete before the one major thing can come together. So everything that I have been doing has been a little piece for the whole. As of lately everyone has been working together for Thomas Hirschhorn’s exhibition opening today. So there is high stress, but I kind of like it because it will come together and everything that could possibly go wrong is going wrong. So right now it is impossible to see that the opening is going to happen tonight but at the same time we know it is coming one way or another. The only thing we can do is all work together to make everything look as best as possible.”

For Madison this internship confirmed to her that she is well suited to working in a public gallery environment.

“I have accomplished confidence in knowing what I want to do with my future.

I want to work with art that sparks conversation, change’s people opinions, art that is controversial. I want to be working with art and artists who will one day be in art history books and something that people talked about or raved about and will write there theses on. I think that is so exciting and what I am doing here at South London Gallery, and what the SLG is doing is that kind of art.”

Richmond has worked with South London Gallery over the last number of years, and has successfully placed a number of students with the gallery. As Madison moves on, another student from Richmond is due to start her internship with the gallery this week. 

Further details about the MA in Arts History and Visual Culture Programme and how to apply for this programme.