Saturday, 9 May 2009


updates to my page on fotofolios now available.

Wednesday, 6 May 2009


now up online

Monday, 4 May 2009

Making a good case for funding

As I am trying to apply for funding from various sources I have decided to make a list of good reasons to why various organizations give me money.

Here they are;

• Low Income Family – parents are currently pensioners
• Postgraduate Course – no Student Loan given, fewer funding opportunities available to me
• Payment of tuition fees is upfront
• Have received a Scholarship which means that I am worth investing in as a dedicated successful student
• High Amount of Expenses towards the course in terms of equipment, books, computer equipment and resources to make my work.
• Using my time after BA study effectively, if I wasn’t going into postgraduate study likely to be unemployed for significant period of time, or have little or casual work relating to my degree. Thus being further investment within my own education, alongside of which I was also make further steps towards my own employability, in terms of teaching, further work experience in publishing, galleries or any of the creative industries
• Started my BA studies in 2005, when student grants were not available to me, which in the circumstances I would have received some money from this source. Thus I was much more reliant on my student loan and student overdraft, and savings that I earned prior to becoming an undergraduate student and therefore already have a significant deficit in funds already.
• Lack of funding means that I will have to take up more of my time in paid work taking my time and focus away from my postgraduate studies and time spending future investment in my employability through work placements and relevant casual work towards my career path
• Lack of funding also forces me to take up a Bank Loan (CDL) pushing myself into further debt and demands that I have to pay back as soon as I graduate not when I find work

For Access to Learning Fund
• Continuously searched for funding through charities and trusts through EGAS, and Hot Courses. Little available for the arts and even fewer that I was eligible for according to my age, race and where I grew up and the fact that I am undertaking postgraduate funding

Funding for MA

Finding funding has been ever important to do my MA Course as I do not receive a student loan and tuition fees are paid up front. Through taking advice from careers and looking at UCA website has given me sources to find from and I have been mainly working through these.

  1. UCA Scholarship - £1200 fee waiver
  2. AHRC Studentship
  3. EGAS
  4. Hot Courses
  5. Access to Learning Fund
  6. National Postgraduate Commitee
  7. CDL

Firstly the Scholarship I applied for this alongside my MA Application. I felt that I argued a good case to this and as it turns out I received the full £1200 for it. Will still have to pay some tution fees but money is money at the moment.

AHRC Studentship. Don't get me started on this! This was brought to my attention through a careers and believed through advice that the deadline was the 5th May and I made it individually. However after wading through a serious amount of white paper that the AHRC makes for itself I discovered that I made it with the university. So go back to registry and find out through someone who deals with this that there is a seperate application to UCA that I have missed! Thus this money is no longer available to me. I am so unbelievably angry at this and the advice I had been given. I just feel that there is going to me more pressure on me to find other sources of funding and support to do this course.

EGAS - this is a really frustrating website. After typing through all my information about myself I only find about 5 trusts listed accordingly and half of these I am not eligible for. Reasons including my race, age, where my parents used to live and not having children are fighting against me. There are a couple of long shots that I have going to try for my it looks bleak

HotCourses - quite frankly this website is bollocks! search results involve (even after I ave specified tha I am an art / photography student) the Royal Horticultural Society providing funding to botany or scholarships connected to other bigger universities. At this rate I might as well be studying in Winchester

Access to Learning Fund - This is also through uni, something that I am definatley going to apply for this as it more and more seems like the most likely option that is going to give me some money towards my postgraduate study. I just need to argue a good case

National Postgraduate Committee - so far looks like alot of advice, need to look further at this

Career Development Loan - Trying to avoid this as much as possible as it is a Bank Loan, but if needs must I will apply. Have looked at all the information it is generally positive but will need a definate job when I finish

My opitions seem to be few and far between, but determined to get funding, as will have to work to live and pay for my Masters thus taking me away from it.

Sunday, 3 May 2009

Professional C.V.

At Last I have finally completed me professional C.V. for this unit.

Thought that the hardest part was for it to exactly fit one page, but as it turned out it fitted perfectly and thinking of skills that I have was especially difficult without pointing out the obvious

Anyone wishing to take a look here it is below (with personal details edited out),

Helen Goodin


• Team Fundraiser and Joint Exhibition Catalogue Designer of ‘Eclectic’
End of Year Degree Show, Brick Lane, London (apart of Free Range)
Organising and running of small fundraising events and Joint Designing of the Degree Show Catalogue and Flyer

• Student Teacher/Mentor – February 2009 – May 2009
Farnham College - Apart of S.T.A.M.P. The Surrey Tutoring and Mentoring Programme
Within this placement involved working with A-level students of the Graphics and Photography courses, encouraging their ideas with their projects, examining their folders looking for areas of improvement, lending my expertise to their work through my knowledge of these subjects, working through technical problems as they arose, giving critiques when required and general support to students with their college work.

• Gallery Assistant Internship - August 2006 – December 2006
Gallery Yujiro, Clements Road, Bermondsey, London (now defunct)
With this placement I was involved in the set up, opening and general running of the gallery. Tasks included assisting the construction of the space, photography of the exhibitions as private views and exhibitions, Invigilation of the gallery space, promoting the gallery to the general public, assisting in educational events, building up information databases, and general office administration.


• MA Photography – University for the Creative Arts, Farnham
Begin Study September 2009, Awarded a £1200 Scholarship
• BA (Hons) Photography - University for the Creative Arts, Farnham
Currently Studying
• A-Levels – Hills Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge
A in Photography, B in Art and B in Sociology
• GCSE – Cottenham Village College, Cambridgeshire
9 passing GCSE’s including A* in Art, B in English and C in Maths


• Good Organisation and Time Management Skills
• Good interpersonal communication skills
• Ability to work independently and within a team
• Office Administration
• Very Good Knowledge of programmes including Adobe Photoshop, In Design, Word and some knowledge of Dreamweaver and Excel


UCA, Farnham – Jason Evans – Tutor – Email
Farnham College - Steve Jones – Graphics Teacher - Email
Gallery Yujiro –Rhea Douglas – Fellow Intern – Email

Saturday, 2 May 2009


Thinking back to the future I have just recieved the news that I have a Scholarship to do my MA studies!! Its a £1200 fee waver, still have to pay some of my fees but any money is greatly needed.

Happy days are here to stay!

Friday, 1 May 2009

ahhhh! the stress

Life at the moment has been hetic!

Firstly FMP to do. Had a really positive experience at the presentations yesterday and I am now know where I am going with my book design and layout and what to include. Scarily though I still have to shoot one more person but thankfully I am throughly booked out everything I need and can be working on things in advance. I know what I need to do and I really feel that I need to nail this project for me to get a 2:1, for me to do my MA.

That reminds me that I also need to start preparing for the 'The Constructed Image' symposium, conference type day. Am talking at it and showing this current project. Feeling rather nervous about it.

Also have loads of degree show Fundraising to do. Cake Sale on the 7th. I also stupidly via e-mail barked at the wrong people thinking they were doing a rival one on the same day. Sponsored Run to raise for as well as the Print Sale to sort something for and yet anther CAKE SALE. We still need to rase thousands to pay for it all with catalogues, bags, space, wood, paint and everything else. oh the stress of it all. Not forgetting how to sort out the exhib cat as well. People still won't be able to follow my instructions!!!

I seem to have forgotton what this blog is all about!