The initial outcomes of our analysis illustrate the impact of a well-rounded education on improving soft skills such as creativity, confidence and problem solving. In addition to fostering a love of learning and an international perspective in our students, we are trying to prepare them with the skills needed to succeed in life; skills which can never be replaced by robots or automation.
While it is seductively easy to solve a short term cash flow problem and close a course, it is much harder to open a new one, and so the decision to close should never be taken lightly. In these situations, it is a public interest focussed judgement. Arts education is not just good for society, it is civilization optimising and more should be done to ensure it is celebrated and protected.
Back in the 1980's I did what many had done before me, I left my small town and moved to London to pursue my fortune. I grew up in the industrial town of Luton in Bedfordshire and for most of my childhood I expected a future that was like my father's, to work in one of the many factories that dotted the town
At 34 years of age, with just three months to go before my second child was due to be born, I quit my job without a backup plan. I quit because I was unhappy. Simple as that. Being miserable no longer felt like an inevitable outcome of being a responsible adult: I became convinced there was another way.
The pauses between the conversations. The transitions from one place to another. Scientists tell us that matter is mostly space. In the same way our diaries, even the most intense ones, are actually full of gaps. They may be micro-moments but taken together they add up to huge amounts of empty potential
It's been found that those of us working in an office environment - regardless of the industry sector - spend up to 75% of our working hours sitting at a desk answering emails. If this is the case, how are any of us expected to be creative and what can we do to get out of this rut and tap into our natural creativity?
Life post-overdose had a different intensity to it - I couldn't run from my struggle anymore. I couldn't keep stuff shoved down and carry on regardless. I couldn't neglect my needs because saving myself after overdosing (I called the ambulance) was cementing a promise to myself - I was going to do this.
The UK creative industries are worth £84.1 billion a year to the UK economy*; an incredible contribution and an area in which the UK shines on a global stage. Our creative exports span across film, music, gaming and publishing (to name but a few), continuously breaking new ground and contributing to the cultural landscape of countries across the world.
Paco Peña (born 1 June 1942) is regarded as one of the world's foremost traditional flamenco players. I interviewed him about his forthcoming production PATRIAS at Sadler's Wells which was premiered at the Edinburgh Festival and will start at Sadler's Wells on July 2th. Patrias is a Spanish word meaning 'homelands'.
Next week is pivotal for the future of artistic diversity in the UK. On 4 July Parliament will debate whether the EBacc should include expressive arts subjects, with the result having potentially huge ramifications for who the arts are 'for' in Britain - are they for everyone to practice and appreciate, or are they the preserve of a wealthy and culturally homogenous elite?