College Health and Safety Advisor - Central Saint Martins


Vice Chancellor's Office
CSM - King's Cross, London UK
Full time
Health and Safety

25 February 2019 23:55

6 March 2019
£38,010 to £49,370 per annum

This is a unique role for a proactive professional to provide information, advice and support on all aspects of Health and Safety in an internationally renowned art, design and performance college. You will build on current good practice, working closely with staff and students across a wide range of disciplines in a lively, creative environment. You will also work across the University collaborating with colleagues in the health and safety team on shared issues and projects. 

Reporting to the Director of Health and Safety, your day to day work will be within the College.  You will be based alongside the CSM operating team and you will need to be able to build strong working relationships with key stakeholders in that team including Head of Technical Resources and the Director of College Resources and Administration.  

In addition to providing advice on technical health and safety matters you will be responsible for developing the College’s annual health and safety annual operating plan to ensure that CSM continues to improve health and safety performance.  You will monitor compliance with relevant legislation including creating regular reports on health and safety performance. You will investigate accidents and incidents, take part in audits, undertake or arrange inspections, consult with Trade Union representatives, oversee risk assessments, provide health and safety training, plan emergency drills and participate in relevant committee meetings.

The role is based at CSM in Kings Cross, London and also covers CSM’s Archway site.  Some travel will be required between UAL sites to attend meetings and support the wider H&S team.

The University of the Arts London (UAL) has an international reputation in art, design, fashion, communication and the performing arts.  We have close to 19,000 students from over 130 countries.  UAL is made up of 6 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 – and our origins date back to the mid 19thCentury.  Our colleges offer more than 100 undergraduate courses and we are home to Europe’s largest art and design community.  UAL employs around 2500 salaried staff plus our associate and visiting lecturers.

Central Saint Martins (CSM) is a world-leading centre for arts and design education.  Its reputation stems from the creative energy of its staff and students and the stellar achievements of its graduates nationally and internationally.  The nine programmes at CSM explore the boundaries of their discipline.  Students and staff are continually alert to new ideas, and they are curious and restless in developing beyond the expected norms of their subject, so emerging work is at the forefront of its area.  CSM sits at the heart of London’s creative scene, and of one of Europe’s most dynamic new culture and innovation quarters at King’s Cross, making the college increasingly important to London’s cultural life, and indicative of our general desire to open up CSM to as broad an audience as possible. 

UAL’s health and safety team is part of the Operations and External Affairs (OEA) directorate which reports to the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Operations and External Affairs (the ‘COO’).  Led by the Director of Health and Safety, our aim is to ensure that our staff and students are able to work and study safely without harm to their health.  The team includes 4 college-based health and safety advisers as well as an estates health and safety adviser and a fire safety adviser who all provide the highest quality support and advice across UAL on all matters relating to health and safety, and fire safety.  

We are looking for a Health and Safety professional with a successful track record in delivering a high standard of Health and Safety advice and support in a diverse environment. Experience of working in the higher education, performing arts or creative sectors is desirable, but not essential. 

You will hold a NEBOSH Diploma or equivalent qualification and be a Graduate member of IOSH (GradIOSH), working towards Chartered membership.  Support will be given to enable you to achieve Chartership.  You will ideally have specialist knowledge of DSE and manual handling assessment, machinery safety, biological hazards, fire safety, GEEPs and PEEPs, electrical safety, COSHH assessment.

The UAL health and safety team supports staff and students to achieve their desired creative outcomes and this requires people who are flexible, open minded about possible solutions to complex health and safety problems, who can adapt their thinking, work with others and really understand what someone is aiming to make, do, develop and deliver.  This role requires an adaptable approach that never falls below the highest professional standards.

For an informal, confidential discussion about the role, please call our Retained Recruitment Partner Nicole Smith at Hays Specialist Recruitment on 0207 259 8724. All third party applications will be redirected to Hays Specialist Recruitment.

At UAL, everyone's identity matters. 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.

Candidates are advised to submit applications early.

This opportunity is closed to applications.