Welcome.

Yemi Gbajobi, Chief Executive
Yemi Gbajobi | Chief Executive

We are a membership organisation and registered charity that delivers high-quality services, representation and support for 18,000 students across London at the University of the Arts London (UAL). We exist to allow our organisation to make the greatest possible impact on student's lives and to maximise our resources in enabling them to create positive change at their university, in the community and in the wider world. Every year, our elected Student Officers, together with the Trustee Boards at the Union provides leadership and strategic direction for the work of over 30 permanent staff, 50 student staff and thousands of volunteers, delivering across 6 UAL Colleges across London. On behalf of the officers, trustees and staff, thank you for your interest in Arts Students’ Union (Arts SU). This is a fantastic opportunity to work alongside some of the most talented students in the world, in the heart of the capital, amongst a motivated and energetic staff. 

 

Our membership is wonderfully varied in its range of study from artists, designers and performers as well as being hugely diverse with students from all over the world coming to study at UAL’s prestigious colleges. Students engage with us through our student clubs and societies, volunteering opportunities, exhibitions and artist workshops, academic representation, campaigning activity, and our advice and support services.

Confidence can sometimes hold us back from applying for a job. However, there's no such thing as a 'perfect' candidate. Arts SU is a place where everyone can grow. So it doesn't matter if you don't feel like you have all the criteria for the job right now. We are committed to learning and development and work/life balance through professional qualifications, mentoring and flexible working patterns for the right candidate and we are always happy to discuss any requirements that you might have for the role or the application/interview process before you apply. 

So no matter how you identify and whatever background you have, join us at Arts SU, in a place that will make you excited to come to work every day.
 
 

Current Vacancies

The past 18 months have been an exciting time of progress and renewal for Arts SU. We have redeveloped both our democratic processes and our staffing structure to ensure that we are an organisation that is fit for purpose and ready to deliver for our members in a post-pandemic era and beyond. Therefore, we are introducing a number of new roles into the organisation and we are pleased to seek applications for the following roles:

 

Benefits and Perks

  • Up to 40 days holidays per year (including bank holidays and closure days), increasing at the rate of one day per full year served after the end of your second year of employment up to a maximum of 5 days.
  • Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption leave 
  • Family-friendly employer 
  • Flexibility for work-life balance 
  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)
  • Interest-free travel loan 
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Access to UAL staff courses 
  • Access to student discount cards

 

Staff Handbook

You can find our staff handbook here, which includes details on holiday entitlement, sick leave, maternity, the working day and much more.

 

Arts SU Trade Union (GMB)

The Union has a recognition agreement with GMB Union. All staff are welcome to join the Union as soon as they join the organisation. Details on GMB Union can be found here.
 

Information for applicants

Submitting your application

We believe passionately that our recruitment process should be fair, giving everyone the opportunity to present their best selves. To accomplish this, we make sure that our recruitment process includes blind shortlisting to ensure that we are recruiting on the basis of an individual's application rather than other personal factors. 

Therefore, the Union will only accept applications on its standard form which can be found in the links above. Applications submitted by CV will not be accepted.
Interviewing with Us

We recognise that interviews can be daunting at the best of times. However, as our interview process are online, we know that this can be even more challenging. 

At Arts SU, we believe that people should come as they are, it does not matter what you wear, if a member of your family walks in the background or how clean your house is...we don't mind. For more hints and tips on what we do (and don't) focus on in the interview, click here. 
Our commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion

If you are a people person who enjoys working in a busy and diverse environment, then this is the job for you! Confidence can sometimes hold us back from applying for a job. But we'll let you in on a secret: there's no such thing as a perfect candidate. Arts SU is a place where everyone can grow. So, however, you identify and whatever background you bring with you, please apply if this is a role that would make you excited to come into work every day. At Arts SU we are committed to learning and development and as such will support the successful candidate to develop within the role.

As a diversity-conscious organisation, we are keen to encourage applications from women and BAME applicants who are underrepresented at the senior levels of our organisation. Though this role is advertised as full-time, we are also committed to work/life balance and wellbeing and would consider flexible and part-time working for the right candidate.