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Not only do we have 6 Colleges, we also have institutes, research centres and special collections. Find out how we're organised and how we hold ourselves to the highest values.

Our values

Strategies and policies we're guided by.

Our strategy

We've set out our new 10-year strategy to address the changing world. We identified the challenges and opportunities that are most important to us and our future and developed 3 guiding policies in response.

  • To give our students the education they need to flourish in a changing world.
  • To bring a high-quality creative education to more students than ever before.
  • To change the world through our creative endeavour.

Our strategy 2022-2032

Sustainability

Sustainability is central to everything we do. In 2021, we were ranked 7th greenest university in the UK in the People & Planet’s University League, keeping our position as the country’s highest-ranking arts university. Many of our courses dedicate time and resources to teaching sustainable practices and ideas and our central operations teams are committed to working in a sustainable way.

Climate Action Plan

Our Climate Action Plan is our formal, public statement on how we'll manage, report, set targets and promote environmental stewardship. We’re working to ambitious net zero carbon targets, which will see us reach net zero on our direct emissions by 2030 and net zero by 2040 for our indirect emissions. This is 10 years ahead of the UK Government’s deadline.

Architectural model of a building
Photograph: University of the Arts London

Green buildings

We pride ourselves on building for the future. Last year, London College of Fashion’s new 30,000m2 East Bank campus achieved BREEAM ‘outstanding’ classification, one of the largest buildings in an urban environment to achieve this. The new campus is set to open to students and staff in autumn 2023 and is part of the The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park development along with V&A, BBC, Sadler’s Wells and UCL.

In 2018 Camberwell was a 'Campus of the Future’ Green Gown award finalist, for their ‘Celebrate Camberwell’ campus redeveloped. The Wimbledon Studio building also won the RIBA London Sustainability Award 2017 and a Green Apple Award for sustainability.

UAL Climate Emergency Network

Join the growing community of students and staff who share the belief that urgent collective action is needed in the face of climate and ecological emergency. Open to all, the network is a collaborative of students and staff from across UAL. They publish a regular newsletter, generates resources, curate exhibitions and organise events, while also lobbying the University and external bodies on matters related to environmental policy, practice and justice.

Diversity and inclusion

We believe the diversity of our staff and student community is fundamental to creative thinking and innovation in the arts. We're proud of our diverse student communities and are committed to making University an inclusive and supportive environment for everyone. We're dedicated to removing barriers to progression and success, as well as promoting understanding and awareness of equality, diversity and inclusion for all.

We work in partnership with Arts Students’ Union to support initiatives to promote this and provide confidential advice and guidance to all students, including trans and non-binary students, student carers and parents and students from diverse faith, ethnicity, gender identity and sexual orientation backgrounds.

Pictures of many people at UAL on colourful paper
Photograph: University of the Arts London

Tell Someone

We do not tolerate any form of racism, bullying, harassment or sexual violence. If you see or experience it, please report it through our anonymous Tell Someone form.

As well as reporting an incident, we’ll let you know about the support available, discuss formal and informal ways of resolving an issue, and signpost you to further information.

Sexual consent training

We're committed to promoting a positive sexual consent culture and raising awareness of support both within and outside the University. No one ever deserves to experience any form of sexual violence or harassment and it's never the survivor’s fault.

Students are encouraged to take a short online training module aimed to start a conversation about what sexual consent means and challenge myths surrounding sexual violence. You'll learn about consent, consent myths, how to tackle rape culture and where to find support.

Please be aware that the module includes scenarios that discuss rape and sexual assault. We recommend being in a safe space when you complete the module and considering if there's any support that you might want or need.

Our organisation

Institutes

As the world changes and progresses, so do our academics and their projects. To reflect this, we've set up a number of specialist institutes to focus on cutting-edge research and knowledge exchange, teaching, external partnerships and specialist programmes.

Creative Computing Institute (CCI)

Exploring the intersection of computational technologies and creativity, our Creative Computing Institute focuses on computer science and creative practice through innovative courses and public programmes, knowledge exchange and research opportunities. CCI aims to develop further understanding of:

  • creativity and machine learning
  • human computer interaction
  • big data, social platforms and digital citizenship
  • computational environments, visualisation and sensing
  • creative coding and software development for the digital creative industries.

Offering a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, you can even choose to take an extra year of study at CCI between years 2 and 3 of your UAL undergraduate degree. On successful completion of the diploma, when you graduate you’ll have an enhanced degree title, for example BA Hons, Design (with Creative Computing).

Introduction to the Creative Computing Institute

Social Design Institute

Using research insights to inform and change how designers and organisations do design, the Social Design Institute analyses how researchers understand design – helping to improve communities, society and the environment.

Their aim is to amplify, connect, support and promote the ground-breaking design, research and knowledge exchange in social and sustainable design carried out by students, staff, Colleges, award-winning research centres and hubs. Areas they are exploring include how value is created by design and how design can support public policy.

The institute works closely with colleagues across UAL including the Centre for Circular Design, Centre for Sustainable Fashion and Design Against Crime Research Centre.

Student doing a VR exercise at the Social Design Institute
Photograph: Alexandra Rodriguez Cifre

Decolonising Arts Institute

Challenging colonial and imperial legacies, disrupting ways of seeing, listening, thinking and making our Decolonising Arts Institute seeks to drive cultural, social and institutional change.

The institute aims to amplify local and global movements to decolonise, and the complex genealogies and geographies of postcolonial, decolonial and intersectional thinking and practice.

One of their current key programmes 20/20, brings together 20 emerging artists of colour and 20 UK public art collections, leading to 20 new permanent acquisitions.

Check out the Decolonising Arts Institute.

Fashion, Textiles and Technology Institute (FTTI)

Exploring solutions to the current challenges facing the fashion industry, the FTTI aims to foster a new creative culture using research to achieve resilient growth in fashion, textiles and technology businesses.

Their activities lie in the intersection of STEM, cultural anthropology, business practices and design. Helping to deliver sustainable innovation across the entire fashion supply chain, they focus on environmental, social and financial sustainability, circular materials and alternative manufacturing processes, while harnessing the power of digital technologies.

Student writing up research notes
Photograph: Alys Tomlinson

Research centres

Our academics play a prominent role in the UK's creative culture, with research that enhances public understanding of major issues and benefits the creative and cultural industries. To harness this research, we operate research centres, hubs and networks across the University, providing a focus for excellent research in some of the most fascinating areas of study.

Archives and Collections

As a student, you have access to our outstanding physical and digital collections of art, design, communication, fashion and performance. These collections include historical archives and special collections such as zines, material samples and artists’ books.

You can also access the University Archives and Special Collections Centre at LCC which specialises in material on printing, graphics and film, including the famous Stanley Kubrick Archive. Other collections in the University include the LCF Archive and the Museum & Study Collection at CSM.

Knowledge Exchange

UAL works with many external partners to create positive change; this is called Knowledge Exchange (KE). Students, graduates and academics come together through KE initiatives to collaborate with businesses of all sizes, local communities, councils, charities, arts institutions and other universities.

You may be involved in KE projects through your course or by getting involved in extra-curricular initiatives during your studies or after you graduate. Thanks to these activities, students get to apply their expert knowledge and skills to real-life scenarios, harnessing the power of creativity and innovative thinking to co-create value for society, the economy and our environment.

Knowledge Exchange

UAL x Southwark Council: representing diverse voices through public art

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