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School Engagement Assistant
UCL East

Opportunity closes: 25th Jun 2023
Type: Fixed-Term Job
Based: London
Salary: London Living Wage

Website: anewdirection.org.uk
Instagram: @goodgrowthhub

In our single biggest development since we were founded, UCL is expanding to east London. Located on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, UCL East is dedicated to disruptive thinking and discovery across disciplines and beyond academic walls, to find solutions to the biggest challenges for future living. Located in Newham, one of the most socially diverse parts of the UK, we want our staff recruitment to reflect this.

The UCL East Schools Engagement team is part of the Access and Widening Participation Office which leads on the development and implementation of UCL’s strategies to widen access to UCL from underrepresented groups. The team work on this through a schools partnership programme with east London schools, and through supporting UCL East academic programmes to meet their access goals.

The Schools Engagement team works closely with schools to match them with activities from departments all over UCL. The team runs some activities in schools themselves and coordinates a longstanding museum-school programme where UCL staff and students work with museum objects on a range of subjects. The team also works with the other organisations at East Bank, such as London College of Fashion and the V&A museum, on programmes for school-age young people. There are Saturday clubs for teenagers in art and film & media.

Join a team of seven working on all aspects of schools engagement. It’s a very varied role where you could be helping deliver a workshop in a school, writing a blog, collating feedback, preparing workshop materials, promoting to teachers, working on careers talks, and events on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. You’ll be working with people in the university from a range of fascinating subjects, from art and archaeology to engineering and computer science, helping them find the best ways to communicate with local young people.

To read the full job requirements and responsibilities please read the job description here: https://www.anewdirection.org.uk/training-cpd/step-8


STEP is a training programme for young East Londoners local to the Olympic Park, who are ready to bring ideas, creative energy and perspectives to the creative and cultural sector.

You must be;

  • Aged 18 to 30
  • Resident of Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest
  • Priority will be given to those that have attended school or college in these boroughs

Through STEP, you’ll get paid London Living Wage over a 12-month training programme to develop a range of skills and creative approaches and build on your network across different organisations or departments. You’ll complete a work-based placement, grow as part of a peer network, take part in regular professional development workshops, and get a budget to produce a collaborative project. We’ll also connect you with a specialist industry mentor, provide careers coaching and continue to offer support as part of our community after the programme.

To read the full job requirements and responsibilities please read the job description here: https://www.anewdirection.org.uk/training-cpd/step-8

How To Apply

Complete our STEP application form by 10am on Sunday 25 June , you can upload video or audio responses.

If you require information in an alternative format, or want to speak to us about any access requirements, please contact us at

[email protected]

Go to the Good Growth Hub website to find out more here about the STEP programme, book in to attend one of our information sessions, hear from STEP alumni and read out application guide for some expert tips.