Health and Safety Advisor - London College of Communications


Operations and External Affairs
LCC - Elephant and Castle, London UK
Full time
Health and Safety

17 February 2020 23:55

27 February 2020

This is an exciting role for a pro-active and positive health and safety professional to join a team of College-based health and safety advisors who provide information, advice and support to staff and students on all aspects of Health and Safety.  This role provides support to London College of Communcation and is based in Elephant & Castle.

Although the role reports centrally to the Director of Health and Safety, your day-to-day work is within the College  

In addition to providing advice on technical health and safety matters you will be responsible for developing the College’s annual health and safety improvement plans.  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 London College of Communications in Elephant and Castle, and some travel will be required between UAL sites to attend meetings and support the wider H&S team.

Who are we?

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

The University has an extensive programme of shows and events across the year from local student shows to major external events.  UAL also engages in collaborative programmes and projects with external parties some of whom occupy UAL owned/ managed spaces.

London College of Communication is a pioneering world leader in creative communications education. With the communications sector constantly evolving at a rapid speed, we work at the cutting edge of new thinking and developments to prepare our students for successful careers in the creative industries of the future. Our course provision reflects the breadth of expertise housed within the most diverse creative agency including: journalism, advertising, PR and publishing; photography; film, television and sound; communications and media; graphic communication; spatial communication; design cultures; and interactive and visual communication.

The health and safety team are part of the Operations and External Affairs (OEA) team which reports to the Deputy Vice Chancellor Operations (the UAL Chief Operating Officer).  Lead by the Director of Health & Safety, the team provides a trusted source of expertise and support to the university to ensure the health and safety of staff and students, and those affected by what we do. 

UAL has a total estate exceeding 160,000 m2 spread across 15 sites from Wimbledon in South West London to Hackney in the North East.   UAL also operates 10 art shops and 17 catering outlets based across the Colleges.  The University is investing millions of pounds into major construction projects to build new sites for London College of Fashion in Stratford and London College of Communication in Elephant and Castle. 

The successful candidate will have excellent health and safety knowledge and be able to evidence how they have applied that knowledge in the workplace.  They will hold a NEBOSH Diploma (or equivalent professional qualification) and be at least a graduate member of IOSH working towards Chartered status.  Experience of managing health and safety within creative, complex and dynamic environments is desirable.

You will be able to demonstrate and provide evidence of ongoing maintenance of professional competence as a Graduate or Chartered member of IOSH.

The team aims to work with and coach others in health and safety to build their health and safety competencies rather than adopting a more traditional ‘telling’ style and the post holder will need to follow this approach.  It is important that the post holder can apply informed and experienced professional judgement in the planning and resolution of issues, rather than by reference to rules and regulations. 

The post holder will have excellent verbal and written communication skills along with the ability to confidently present to large groups, interpret and document complex technical material, write reports and clearly explain technical matters to staff and students.

The post holder will be authoritative, authentic and credible, with an ability to challenge constructively, engage colleagues and build solid, effective and enduring relationships.

You will be a self-motivated individual with the ability to work effectively under pressure and to tight timescales with an aptitude for prioritising and managing competing demands.

You will be curious about the roles of your stakeholders and their demands and priorities and you will be able to adjust your style and approach to reflect these without compromising health and safety.

You will be experienced in the production of detailed Health and Safety Plans and successfully developing electronic and manual Health and Safety records management systems.

For more information and to apply please contact:

Bradley French

t: 01252 954 955


UAL is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive university - a place where we all can be ourselves and reach our full potential in our work, learning and creative practice. We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements and Staff Support Networks. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds, including race, disability, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion and belief, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, and caring responsibility.

Candidates are advised to submit applications early.

This opportunity is closed to applications.