Lockdown so far: Life and creativity

Lockdown isn’t all doom and gloom: sometimes we need to have some fun, too. Colleagues from across the University have come up with some innovative ways of being creative during COVID-19 – here are just a few. 

Life as we know it 

Dr Stephen Ellis, Interim Acting Dean of Business and Management, spoke to CMI about managing emotions. 'Lockdown surfaces any underlying tensions, so being aware of emotional fallout is the first place to start.' Dr Ellis also paired with Jakob Werdelin to co-produce a coronavirus conference, live on Zoom. 

Dr Jonathan Wilson, Professor of Brand Strategy and Culture, was part of LinkedIn’s Month of Kindness campaign, in support of people participating in Ramadan during COVID-19.  

Plus, current students shared their thoughts about the unfolding pandemic:  

Art and creativity 

Interior Design Visiting Lecturer Nerma Cridge has taken to Holland and Hyde Parks to promote physical distancing – and is using a mix of materials she finds on the ground, such as leaves, flowers, feathers and discarded newspapers.

Visiting Lecturer Andy Green has co-produced a toolkit for PR professionals that aims to empower them to be more resourceful and creative in the response to COVID-19. He also penned an article for PRCA on creativity in the pandemic. 

After COVID-19 disrupted their daily lives, 20 Regent’s BA (Hons) Film & Screen students documented their unique situations – and presented their videos in a live virtual film festival. You can now stream all the film shorts on YouTube.  

Various departments around Regent's are using their weekly calls to issue weekly challenges and tutorials. Each week, one member of the student services team leads their colleagues in a lesson on something relevant to them, from cooking flatbreads and hummus, writing poetry, or sewing your own tissue holder. Library staff have issued an unusual challenge: turn up to the weekly call wearing the most unusual hat you can find.   

Plus, BA (Hons) Liberal Studies (Art History) student Anya Nikolaeva has written about her experience with creativity in lockdown in an essay for Regent's Review: Creativity matters – now more than ever.