Director of Access and Progression


UAL - High Holborn, London UK
Full time
Education Office

8 July 2022 23:55

21 July 2022
Competitive Salary

This is a new and unique role for UAL and an exciting opportunity to establish a new Directorate within the University. 

Through your leadership the teams within the new Directorate will deliver key strands of UAL’s strategic commitment to increasing and diversifying access to a creative education. 

In this role you will be accountable to the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education) and will be responsible for UAL’s Pre-Degree and Outreach provision and leading how the University removes barriers to a creative education through our Access and Participation Plan.

You will promote the University’s values of equity and social justice, working collaboratively with colleagues and students to address inequity, support initiatives to enhance the student experience and contribute toward the University becoming an anti-racist institution.

For the fourth year running, University of the Arts London is the world’s second University for Art and Design in the QS World University Rankings® 2022.

We offer highly creative working environments that inspire staff across all areas to fulfil their potential and continuous training to further develop their skills and expertise. We also offer hybrid and flexible working practices, and excellent staff benefits to improve your work life balance.

Every position within the University plays an important part in shaping future creative professionals, and impacts on the future of so many creative industries. Expert management of the organisation is essential to ensuring that this continues and so will your contribution to the Education department.

You will bring substantial experience of leadership and change management gained in a Further or Higher Education environment or through other relevant education settings. As such, you will be an inclusive and persuasive communicator who is able to establish strategic direction and is able to motivate your team and colleagues to achieve ambitious goals.

You will be comfortable managing complex projects to achieve long term goals, and be someone who can build and maintain constructive relationships both inside the University and with external organisations and stakeholders who will support UAL’s ambitions to increase and diversify access to a creative education.

Knowledge and experience of teaching and learning in creative practice education is desirable but not essential in your professional life. Crucially, you will have in-depth knowledge of the tertiary education and outreach sectors and have a clear understanding of how to achieve outstanding student outcomes alongside a strong commitment to safeguarding the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults who participate in UAL’s outreach and further education programmes.

Closing date: Friday, 08 July 2022.

Interview date: Thursday, 21 July 2022.

If you have any queries about this role, please contact Jaspreet Kaur, Resourcing Adviser via email 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.

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