Assistant Archivist


Academic Development and Services
LCC - Elephant and Castle, London UK
Full time
Library and Student Support Services

14 April 2021 17:00

£29,358 - £35,839 per annum

This is an exciting opportunity to assist in the development, delivery and exploitation of high quality and customer-focused archive services at the University of the Arts London (UAL), which support the learning, teaching and research activities of its colleges. In particular, to participate in the day-to-day organisation and delivery of services within the University’s Archives and Special Collections Centre and to work with archives and special collections across the University’s sites.

Contributing to the day-to-day operations of the University Archives and Special Collections Centre you will supervise and support users of the archive and assist with enquiries. You will contribute to the development and delivery of educational activities such as inductions, academic support sessions and tailored learning sessions for specific courses in liaison with relevant departments across the university. 

You will contribute to the care and management of archive and special collections across the University of the Arts London and will participate in an ongoing programme to catalogue archive collections in line with recognised archival practice, e.g. ISAD(g) and EAD and other nationally recognised standards, in liaison with the Archives and Special Collections Centre Manager and Assistant Manager.

You will assist with the promotion of archives and collections using social media and blogs, and support the curation of internal and external loans. You will also supervise volunteers in accordance with the Centre's volunteering policies and procedures and as directed by the Archives and Special Collections Centre Manager. 

University of the Arts London offers an extensive range of courses in art, design, fashion, communication and performing arts. Our graduates go on to work in and shape the creative industries worldwide. UAL is ranked sixth in the world for Art and Design in the 2020 QS World University Rankings®. The University has a world-class reputation and is made up of 6 equally renowned 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.

This post is within UAL’s Library and Student Support Services Department.

You will have either a postgraduate qualification in Archives and Records Management, or equivalent experience of work in an archive and demonstrable knowledge and experience of working to international standards in cataloguing and collections care.

You will have experience of working in an archive and supporting the diverse needs of a range of archive users.

You will create realistic plans to achieve the agreed deadlines and objectives of the role and will be able to work collaboratively as part of a team with colleagues and across different professional groups. 

You will have excellent oral and written communication skills and will use your professional knowledge to support excellent teaching, pedagogy and inclusivity. 

In return, UAL offers generous leave, an attractive salary and pension plus a commitment to your continuing personal development and training in an environment that encourages excellence, creativity and diversity. Relocation assistance is available.

Should you have any queries please get in contact with the ADS Recruitment Team on 

UAL is committed to creating diverse and inclusive environments for all staff and students to work and learn – a university where we can be ourselves and reach our full potential. 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.