Today we were delighted to welcome Rory Sutherland (Vice Chairman of Ogilvy One) to the Woodlane campus. As our Visiting Professor, Rory has been coming to give talks to the Advertising and Graphic Design students for the past 3 years.
Rory’s role at Ogilvy One centres around understanding consumer psychology and encouraging clients to realise that, quite often, simple inexpensive changes can benefit them immensely. In fact, it was as a result of listening to Rory’s talks over the past couple of years that got us thinking we should include this subject on the course. A lot of advertising money is wasted because people don’t necessarily think what they feel, they don’t say what they think and they don’t do what they say. So, before talking to the MA students, Rory popped into our office to meet our new Behavioural Studies lecturer, Martin Hosken. Trained as a psychologist, Martin is obviously very well qualified to help our MA students understand what goes on in the consumer’s mind.
As brilliant, entertaining and fascinating as ever, Rory gave our students an hour’s off-the-cuff talk in the studio before everyone made their way to the packed-out lecture theatre for his hilarious and riveting main talk to the whole of the School of Communication Design. His lecture overran slightly but, judging by the grins on people’s faces afterwards, nobody minded in the least. Then it was off for a quick meal with staff at a beach-side restaurant before he was whisked off to the station to catch the Sleeper train back to London. Visits from key industry people like Rory are what helps to make the courses at Falmouth so exceptional.