UAL ranks among the top research universities in latest research audit.

Over 80% of our research has been graded as world leading and internationally excellent, following the Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF 2014).

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University of the Arts London is Europe’s largest specialist arts and design university, with close to 19,000 students from more than 100 countries.

Established in 2004, University of the Arts London is a vibrant world centre for innovation, drawing together six colleges with international reputations in art, design, fashion, communication and performing arts.

Founded in the 19th and early 20th centuries, these colleges include Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion, and Wimbledon College of Arts.

The University’s graduates go on to shape the creative industries in the UK and beyond, having benefitted from unrivalled learning, teaching and research. Every position within the University, from academics to managerial and technical staff, plays an important part in creating an excellent environment in which to work and study.

Professional artists, practitioners, designers, critics and theorists make up UAL’s inspiring and supportive body of teaching staff. Our facilities across the colleges include everything from letterpress machinery to studio theatres and college archives. 


More than 3,000 academic, research and technical staff deliver a diverse range of exciting courses and continue to nurture and establish new, cutting edge programmes, from MA Fashion Media Production at LCF to Camberwell’s postgraduate conservation course, which has led the way in this specialism for over 40 years. 

Learn about our wealth of exciting courses.

Our claim to fame

UAL moves seamlessly between the rigour of academia and the dynamism of the creative industries, so it is no surprise that we've earned a global reputation for outstanding work. We have launched the careers of many creative and cultural leaders, including:

  • More than half of all Turner Prize nominees
  • Over half of the designers named British Designer of the Year
  • More than a third of the 40 artists named in the Catlin Guide’s most promising graduate artists
  • 12 winners of the Jerwood Photography Awards.

Leadership and governance

The University is led by a nine-person Executive Board, chaired by the Vice Chancellor Nigel Carrington, and Governed by a 24-person Court of Governors, Chaired by Sir John Sorrell.

About our Vice-Chancellor

Nigel Carrington became Vice-Chancellor of University of the Arts London in 2008, following a career in law and business.

He holds a law degree from St John's College, Oxford, and studied History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art. From 1987 to 2000, he was an international lawyer with Baker & McKenzie and was also Managing Partner of the firm's London office. From 2000 to 2007, he was Managing Director and Deputy Chairman of McLaren Group, the automotive technologies group. Since 2005, he has held a number of non-executive roles in the charitable and public sectors, including as a non-executive Director of University College London Hospitals, Treasurer and Trustee of Crisis, Chairman of Jeans for Genes and Chairman of the English Concert. To learn more, visit his blog.

About Sir John Sorrell

Sir John Sorrell took up the role of Chairman of the Court of Governors in August 2013, succeeding Sir John Tusa.

Between 1976 and 2000, Sir John and his wife Lady Frances founded and ran Newell and Sorrell, one of Europe’s largest design agencies. He is also founder and chair of the annual London Design Festival and with Lady Frances, set up the Sorrell Foundation to inspire creativity in young people and use design to improve quality of life.

Find out about our Court of Governors.