Located on London’s Greenwich Peninsula, Ravensbourne University is one of city’s best kept secrets, an innovative, industry-focused educational institution specialising in design and media, known for its diverse, inclusive student body and an enviable reputation for preparing graduates for life out in the real world of creative industry employment.
As part of an ongoing innovation of their offer to students and commercial partners, Ravensbourne are putting inter-disciplinary work at the core of the University – shifting from a course based structure to one that places students face to face with real world problem solving and builds ‘soft’ skills of collaboration, research and creative inquiry, whilst maintaining the strong industry education and connections they are renowned for.
Over the last three years, we've collaborated with senior management at the University to help them redesign processes and product to adapt to the new demands of education, ranging from co-creating the strategy for a a new institute, designing a course for 700 students and working with staff to develop new university-wide course design and accreditation. Reflecting the organisation’s appetite for experimental processes, our engagements have replaced traditional consultancy processes with an emphasis on real-time collaboration that puts the Ravensbourne team centre-stage.
In 2021, Ravensbourne with launch a new venture bringing together new postgraduate courses, emerging technology researchers, business incubation, an in-house creative studio and commercial partnerships in a new purpose-built development. Something More Near led a process involving staff in experience design workshops, pitching sessions to industry peers and speculative futures workshops with the School of International Futures, to developed a new kind of vision and operating system to match the ambition of this radical new venture.
For Ravensbourne, modern education means helping students step beyond the bounds of disciplines and lecture rooms. As part of this journey early 2020 we worked with the University to reinvent a one-week interdiscplinary course and equipped 50 staff with the tools to simultaneously facilitate over 700 students in a one-week hackathon for a real-life client.