University of the Arts London

More About Us

University of the Arts London offers an extensive range of courses in art, design, fashion, communication and performing art. Our graduates go on to work in and shape creative industries worldwide.

Located within and contributing to one of the world’s most exciting cultural capitals, the University is a unique creative community drawing together six distinctive and distinguished colleges: Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion and Wimbledon College of Arts. Proudly associated with some of the most original thinkers and practitioners in the arts, UAL continues to innovate, challenge convention and nurture exceptional talent.

How we support staff

Valuing disabled colleagues

To date, the Valuing Disabled Colleagues programme has initiated such schemes as a Central Workplace Adjustment Fund, briefings on Access to Work, anonymous monitoring, a workplace adjustment request procedure, guidance for managers, focus groups to review the impact of particular staff policies and a monthly Bulletin for staff.

Staff from Under-Represented Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Backgrounds

en>route programme

‘en›route’ is a programme of initiatives that aims to attract and develop professionals from under-represented Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds wishing to enhance their careers in arts higher education.

Staff with caring responsibilities

The University is dedicated to creating a welcoming and inclusive culture in which students and staff with caring responsibilities feel supported and valued. We are committed to addressing barriers that may preclude those with caring responsibilities, wherever reasonable and practicable.

Staff Considering Retirement or Reducing Hours

The University welcomes people of all ages to come and work with us.

Staff with Faith Observance Requirements

Religious Literacy Programme

The UAL Religious Literacy project aims to generate debate about the role that religion, belief and faith play within the social, academic and creative life of the University.

GEMS (Group of Equality of Minority Staff)

GEMS (Group for Equality of Minority Staff) Chairs: Tanicia Payne & Aisha Richards
GEMS is a staff network which aims to collate the voice and perspective of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff for the strategic progress of all UAL staff and students. The group has hosted events such as ‘It’s our turn’ (Nov 2013), established a book club and arranged film screenings. GEMS hasmade a contribution to the Race Equality Charter Mark and supports institutional programmes such as en>route and Shades of Noir. Aisha Richards (co-chair of GEMS and founder of Shades of Noir) was elected as a staff representative to Academic Board in 2013.

Who we are

Our values

  • We uphold the values of social justice and environmental stewardship through our teaching and research, as well as in the way we live, work and conduct our operations.
  • We ask original questions and arrive at new insights through the creativity and rigour of our practice and research.
  • We draw on and develop the natural enterprise and curiosity of our students, encouraging them to be the next initiators and innovators in their respective fields.
  • We respect our students’ and staff’s individual voices and collective endeavours, celebrating the breadth of backgrounds and cultures represented at UAL.

Our behaviours

  • We equip graduates to face the future with confidence and responsibility.
  • We place the challenges and opportunities of the creative and cultural sectors at the centre of our teaching, so that our students are well prepared for successful careers and can realise their full potential.
  • We place creativity at the heart of positive social change.
  • We celebrate the diversity of approaches across our subject areas. We actively seek to cross the boundaries between them and other areas of knowledge.
  • We maintain productive relationships with our alumni for their benefit and for ours.

UAL Diversity team

At University of the Arts London, everyone’s identity matters. We acknowledge that our identities naturally inform and inspire our creativity, our learning and our practice-led traditions.

Here at the University, we are committed to creating a supportive and inclusive environment for all our diverse students, staff and the creative and cultural sector partners with whom we engage. We aim to take every opportunity to progress equality and diversity and celebrate the enrichment this brings to our community.

Many of our departments and individuals lead on innovative and creative Equality and Diversity projects across the University.

What we will do for you

University of the Arts London is a vibrant international centre for innovative teaching and research, at the heart of the world’s creative capital. Our talented community of staff form a diverse and collaborative learning environment which inspires our students.

We are committed to ensuring an inclusive and supportive environment for all our employees.

Life at University of Arts London

The University rewards staff with a range of benefits, which recognise and reward their contributions.

Flexible working 

The University supports a healthy work-life balance for all employees. Supportive policies include home-working and special leave. All staff have the right to request flexible working, which may be particularly helpful for parents or those with caring responsibilities.

Staff development 

The University commits to developing its staff and offers a wide range of development opportunities for all staff.

Loyalty awards

The University recognises the commitment and passion of its long serving staff through its loyalty award policy.

Generous annual leave

University employees enjoy a generous annual leave allowance (pro rata for part-time staff) on top of bank and national holidays.

Staff Diversity 

We pride ourselves on having the best creative and professional individuals teaching and providing support services at University of the Arts London.

We highly value the diversity of all our staff and the enrichment this brings to our community. We are therefore committed to ensuring an inclusive and supportive environment for all who come to work with us.

The University’s Equality and Diversity Framework sets out our commitment to promote equality and diversity for all staff on grounds of age, caring responsibilities, disability, gender, nationality, race, religious belief (or no belief), sexual orientation, or transgender identity. To find out more about some of the specific initiatives we have in place to support staff diversity.

We work with our communities

Our various art projects regularly work in partnership with local authorities, neighbourhood groups, local businesses and residents to ensure that we engage with the wider community in a way which is sensitive to the area’s people and urban landscape.

We also acknowledge that design thinking and design practice are key to addressing crime in an urban environment and in this respect we have made significant advances in areas such as bike theft through our Design Against Crime Research Centre.

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