Senior Designer


Social Purpose
Communications & Brand
Hybrid – UAL High Holborn/Home
Grade 5
£42,477 to £50,961 per annum

Fixed Term - 18 months

Full time - 35 hours per week

14 March 2024 23:00


The opportunity

We are looking to recruit a Senior Designer to join the growing Brand and Creative team at University of the Arts London.

In this role, you will spearhead our design initiatives alongside our Senior Designer and Senior UI Designer. You'll be the driving force behind a team of talented Mid-Weight and Junior Designers, crafting captivating creative responses to a variety of digital and print design projects from multiple stakeholders across the University. Your keen eye for detail will ensure the seamless integration of our brand identity within design projects across the organisation.

Reporting to the Head of Creative, you'll unite internal and external design resources, facilitating robust discussions and coordination to elevate the use of our brand in UAL's design output. Additionally, you'll contribute to UAL's overarching brand development efforts, aligning all design work with the institution's forward-thinking 10-year strategy published in March 2022.

About you

  • A strategic designer and an excellent communicator with the confidence to deliver design leadership across a large and complex organisation.
  • Good understanding of UX/UI/Digital product design principles.
  • Significant experience in a similar role within an in-house or agency environment.
  • A proven track record of leading successful brand development initiatives and a strong portfolio of commercial design work.
  • Significant experience in designing for digital platforms and communication channels as well as liaising with external printers.
  • Relevant experience in your own area of work, can answer colleagues’ questions and is able to work independently without direct supervision.
  • Able to communicate effectively orally and in writing, adapting messages for a diverse audience in an inclusive and accessible way.
  • Able to motivate and lead a team effectively, setting clear objectives to manage performance.

As part of your application, please add a link to, or as an additional document, upload your portfolio of 3-5 examples of work which demonstrate why you are a good fit for this role. Maximum portfolio attachment size is: 8MB.

If you have any queries about this role or need any reasonable adjustments for your application, please contact Twinkle Brahmbhatt, Senior Resourcing Adviser via email

What we offer

To recognise the hard work of our staff and their contributions, we provide a wide range of benefits – please check our careers site/Canvas for further information as conditions and exclusions apply:

▪ at least 34 days of annual leave in addition to bank holidays.
▪ generous defined benefit pension schemes (LGPS).
▪ flexible working and family-friendly policies for improved work-life balance.
▪ 2 days of paid volunteering leave for a UK registered charity.
▪ discounts including TOTUM, gyms, nursery and private healthcare insurance.
▪ continuous learning and development opportunities including free UAL Short Courses.
▪ season ticket loan, cycle to work scheme, free counselling via EAP and more! 

We are UAL

University of the Arts London (UAL) offers an extensive range of courses in art, design, fashion, communication and performing arts. We are a collegiate University spread across London with six Colleges, four Institutes and five Research Centres. UAL also has two subsidiary companies, delivering specialist activities – UAL Short Courses Ltd, and UAL Arts Temps Ltd.

We’re made up of all types of people, coming together in London, the world’s creative capital. We are designers, artists, performers, thinkers, researchers and makers. Our students, staff and graduates form a global network of creatives, entrepreneurs and leaders. Together, our ideas change the world. Because the world needs creativity.

We are ranked highly across the board. We are ranked first for specialist art and design, second in the world for Art and Design in the 2023 QS World University Rankings (for the fifth year in a row), ranked fifth in sustainability and two of our colleges were rated in the top three fashion schools in the world. 

Our culture

We have become one of the world’s most international Universities, welcoming over 22,000 students and 6,000 staff from 130 countries. And, as a global university, staff and students learn from different cultures and perspectives, which leads to new conversations and innovative work. At our very core, everything we do seeks to challenge the status quo by driving social purpose and standing up for what matters.

We welcome applicants from all backgrounds including those who may feel underrepresented in the workforce due to their socioeconomic circumstances such as those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (B.A.M.E.) backgrounds. We aim to be a university where everyone can be themselves and are supported to reach their full potential.

With our commitment to inclusion and diversity, we are proud to be a Race Equality Charter (REC) member to help us reduce barriers that negatively impacts B.A.M.E. staff, a Stonewall Diversity Champion to ensure all LGBTQ+ people are valued at work, a Disability Confident Scheme Committed employer and member of the Business Disability Forum which help us to improve the lives of disabled people in the workplace. 

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