UAL’s Culture Hub: A place to grow, thrive, and innovate – UAL Careers

UAL’s Culture Hub: A place to grow, thrive, and innovate

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Join a dynamic team making a difference

Welcome from Leonie Saywell, Associate HR Director of Culture Hub

Hello there,

I’m Leonie, and I lead the Culture Hub, a dynamic team within our People Group at the University of the Arts London (UAL). We have several exciting opportunities in our department that I would love to share with you. Having joined UAL at the end of last summer, I understand that deciding to change jobs and organisations is a significant decision, and it’s important to learn more about our culture and values.

The Culture Hub is central to our mission of enhancing and supporting our culture and values. Our team of over twenty dedicated individuals works on initiatives that make life better at UAL. In my short time here, we have achieved several milestones. We’ve conducted a review of our successful hybrid working implementation, managed our staff survey, and launched The Art of Management programme. Additionally, we’ve collaborated with our Staff Network Groups to improve policies and approaches, from workplace adjustments to raising trans awareness. We’ve also refreshed our support for our internal coaching network, developed a new approach to appraisals, and won an award for our sector-leading equal parental leave policy.

Our mission is to create a diverse, inclusive, and dynamic workplace where everyone can thrive. Discover how we’re making UAL a fantastic place to work and grow.

Our focus areas

The Culture Hub is dedicated to achieving the Race Equality Charter and implementing the Anti-Racism Strategy. We are committed to ensuring that at least 30% of our staff are from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (B.A.M.E.) backgrounds. Moreover, we strive to create an inclusive environment that welcomes LGBTQ+ and disabled staff, fostering a workplace where everyone feels valued and supported.

Improving workplace wellbeing and enhancing staff benefits are core to our mission. We provide comprehensive support for disabled and neurodiverse colleagues and offer internal coaching to aid personal and professional growth. Our commitment extends to refreshing support for workplace adjustments and promoting trans awareness policies, ensuring all staff have the resources they need to succeed.

We are launching new leadership programs aimed at high-potential staff, alongside developing apprenticeships and enhancing strategic workforce planning. Our Art of Management programme is designed to cultivate leadership skills, preparing our staff to lead with creativity and confidence.

Recognising the need for flexibility in the modern workplace, the Culture Hub has successfully implemented hybrid working arrangements. We have also developed new approaches to appraisals, making the process more effective and beneficial for our staff.

Our efforts have been recognised with awards, particularly for our equal parental leave policy. We aim to continue setting sector-leading standards in all our initiatives, ensuring our policies and practices reflect our commitment to excellence and equality.

Addressing the climate crisis is a priority for us. Through our Climate Action Plan, we are integrating sustainability into our operations, demonstrating our dedication to environmental responsibility and sustainability.

At UAL’s Culture Hub, we value teamwork, creativity, and diversity. We celebrate various cultural events and organise team activities to foster a positive and inclusive work environment. Our commitment to an inclusive culture enhances our work and strengthens our community.

Motivated by UAL’s central vision, “the world needs creativity,” we focus on delivering social purpose and aligning our People Strategy with this vision. Our initiatives reflect our dedication to making a positive impact and driving change within and beyond our community.

What we can offer you

Joining UAL’s Culture Hub means becoming part of a workplace that celebrates diversity and values inclusivity. We offer extensive support systems to enhance your well-being and foster your personal and professional growth. Our innovative leadership programs and strategic workforce planning provide ample opportunities for career development. With flexible hybrid working arrangements and award-winning policies, we create an environment where you can thrive. Moreover, our commitment to climate action and sustainability reflects our dedication to making a positive impact.

The types of people we are looking for

UAL’s Culture Hub seeks individuals who are passionate about driving change and improving educational experiences. We value expertise in digital learning technologies, Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) policies, and organisational development practices. Strong communication skills are crucial for effectively interacting with diverse audiences, including senior staff and stakeholders. We look for candidates with a deep commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment. Strategic thinkers and leaders with the ability to inspire teams and manage complex projects are highly desirable.

We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds, including those who may feel underrepresented in the workforce due to socioeconomic circumstances. We aim to be a university where everyone can be themselves and are supported to reach their full potential.

Find out more at our upcoming recruitment open events

You can join us on Teams on 18 June from 12:00 to 13:00 and hear more about our work, the progress we are making and the roles we are recruiting to.  Register your place today:

Virtual open event

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We currently do not have any Future Creative Teacher roles live, however we do recruit throughout the year. Please sign up to the job alert email to be kept infomed.

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