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Academic Futures: increasing diversity among academic staff

A female lecturer and student working together on a piece of making
  • Written byFarah Chowdhury
  • Published date27 May 2021
A female lecturer and student working together on a piece of making
Image: I-Han Lan and Martha Zmpounou (Lecturer Drawing and Art for Fashion) Copyright: Alys Tomlinson

Today, UAL launches Academic Futures, an exciting recruitment campaign to increase diversity among lecturers and senior lecturers across the university. The initiative marks a significant move towards meeting our ambitious target to increase the proportion of Black and Minority Ethnic staff at UAL to 30% in the next three years.

Fifty eight academic posts in a range of subject areas, across all 6 Colleges, are now open for application on UAL Jobs and we encourage applications from people across all sections of our diverse communities.

As part of UAL’s Anti-racism action plan, we continue to work actively to increase diversity among academic staff. Academic Futures deploys tried and tested enhanced recruitment methods including revised job descriptions with a focus on diversity and inclusion, streamlined person specifications, and a chance for applicants to demonstrate teaching expertise through a micro-teaching session.

This year, we are introducing application consultations for internal and external candidates from underrepresented groups. We will also be hosting online events open to all prospective candidates. These events will explore and promote our vision of academic practice which is rooted in cultural and social diversity. Darryl Clifton, Illustration Programme Director at Camberwell College of Arts, reflects on the initiative and comments that it is a “positive and necessary step towards a working and learning space in which we all feel included.”

Academic Futures at UAL is for creative educators and practitioners of all backgrounds who are passionate about truly inclusive creative art and design education.

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