Civic Engagement and Teaching Outreach Innovation - BDes Hons Interior Design Workshops for UNIque, Belfast

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities


This activity links to Golden's recognised effective leadership as BDes (Hons) Interior Design Course Director, incorporating a consultation and design competition for the UNIque Art Shop on Belfast Campus in 2017 into Year 2 studio and professional practice teaching, learning, and assessment.  It covers Golden's role organising on-campus student-staff and public events where Interior Design students ran tutor-supported design workshops to inform design learning and development, and exhibited design proposals in the Belfast Campus Student Hub, with prize-giving hosted by Provost Professor R. Folli, CEO N. Lamond and PVC A. Adair. The final exhibition event attracted over 50 people and contributed to the University’s 2017 Annual HEIF Progress Report for monitoring the implementation of the institutional-level Knowledge Exchange Strategy for HEIF DfE-NI funding.


Interior Design and Employabiity Skills

Period3 Apr 2017

Media contributions


Media contributions

  • TitleStudents lead design for ‘art shop’
    Degree of recognitionLocal
    Media name/outletUlster University Insight
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    DescriptionArticle covering the process and feedback from Belfast-Jordanstown Campus Provost Professor Raffaela Folli and Y2 BDes Hons Interior Design Students to a challenge set by the Provost for BDes Interior Design students to imagine and propose design ideas for the then unbuilt student-led ‘art shop’ that was established as "UNIique" in an empty retail unit on the campus in 2017. The shop is used and operated by School of Art students, in partnership with the Students’ Union and colleagues in Ulster University Business School who provide support on business planning. The article notes the use of public facing engagement activities including workshops and exhibitions organised by Dr Golden as Course Director and linked to Interior Design learning, teaching and assessment. It highlights innovations to develop employability skills while delivering real-life designs that contributed directly to the completed craft shop as "a significant resource for the entire student community at the Belfast campus. [Providing] a valuable shop front for their work, encourag[ing] them to determine their own creative future, and enhance their entrepreneurial skills through promoting and selling their own products.”
    PersonsSaul Golden