Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement

This statement sets out UAL’s actions to understand all potential modern slavery risks related to its business and to ensure steps are maintained to prevent slavery and human trafficking.

The University of the Arts London is in the top 6 universities in the world for art and design. It employs approximately 5,000 staff members, teaches in the region of 19,000 students and purchases goods, services and works through various supply chain arrangements.

This statement is designed to satisfy the requirements of Part 6 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, by informing our students, staff, and other stakeholders about the University and its approach to modern slavery, human trafficking, forced and bonded labour and labour rights violations in its supply chains.

Direct employment of staff

The University mitigates the risk of the occurrence of modern slavery in its teams of directly employed staff through strict adherence to its robust HR recruitment and candidate selection policies. Checks are carried out to ensure that staff recruited are legally able to work in the UK and staff involved in undertaking the recruitment process must have attended Selecting the Best training.

In addition, the University’s pay rates are determined in line with UCEA national awards and it is committed to working with contractors it uses to ensure that they apply the London living wage.

Employment of staff through recruitment agencies and other sources

Temporary staff and other staff recruited indirectly by the University are only recruited through established and accredited sources who can provide assurance that they fully comply with the requirements of all legislation relating to the rights and welfare of their candidates and employees. Agencies provide assurance that the appropriate checks have been made on the temporary staff being supplied to the University.

Additionally, the University has a whistle blowing policy through which staff can raise any concerns related to the direct activities or the supply chains of the University. Our Staff Charter reflects the University’s values and ethical standards and sets out the behaviours expected of all staff when representing UAL.


Although the risks of students experiencing occurrences of modern slavery or human trafficking through direct contact with the University are extremely low, it is appreciated that whilst living within London and the surrounding area, they may become aware of such instances or on very rare occasions be entrapped into adopting the life style of a modern slave. In order to mitigate these circumstances, the University has in place easily accessible and well publicised safeguarding channels through which students can obtain assistance, support and advice on their wellbeing.

Supply chains

UAL is taking steps to ensure that it complies with the requirements of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. The University’s procurement team is supported by purchasing procedures which include principles of fairness and transparency, sustainability, equality and adherence to the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

The University is a member of the London Universities Purchasing Consortium and Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium. These organisations are also members of Procurement England Limited (PEL), the shared vehicle by which English HE purchasing consortia manage joint developmental and improvement projects for collaborative procurement in the education sector. The purchasing consortia have published a shared Sustainability Policy that contains steps to ensure transparency within their supply chains.

UAL is currently training the procurement function in the requirements of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, and will continue to raise awareness of modern slavery and trafficking considerations with the purchasers within UAL.

In the future, UAL will be taking steps to identify areas of the University where the business and supply chains may pose risks in terms of slavery and human trafficking and where risks are identified an assessment will then be made of the steps required to prevent, monitor and mitigate such risks.

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes the University’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 2016.