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UCQ University Centre Quayside

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University Centre Quayside (UCQ) is a dynamic, independent provider of Further and Higher Education; our vision, to be a leading provider of Further and Higher Education in England.

We believe in enabling all students, staff and organisations with whom we work to achieve their full potential.

A Message From The Principal

The way we do things at UCQ is as important to me as what we actually do. This is the reason we have set out our core values in this guide, effectively defining the UCQ way of doing business.

Welcome to the University Centre Quayside (UCQ) – where together we can step into the future of education.

As the Principal of UCQ, I am delighted to extend a warm welcome to potential new staff members considering joining our dynamic community

University Centre Quayside (UCQ) isn’t just transforming how people learn; we’re redefining what it takes to be a leading provider of further and higher education in England. If you’re fuelled by a passion for innovation, devoted to personal and professional growth, and eager to make a lasting difference to the companies and learners whom we support, UCQ is where your journey begins.

Our unwavering commitment to excellence starts with our exceptional staff. We recognise that our success hinges on the expertise, dedication, and ingenuity of our team members. That’s why we invest wholeheartedly in our staff and their professional development. At UCQ, you’re not merely an employee; you’re a cherished member of our community, and your growth and wellbeing is our top priority, as evidenced through Investors in People Platinum, Better Health at Work Gold and the Good Work Pledge.

We firmly believe that great teaching is shaped by research, which is why we wholeheartedly commit to conducting research that directly informs our teaching methodologies. At UCQ, you’ll have the chance to contribute to groundbreaking research and stand at the forefront of educational innovation. Your insights and expertise will shape the educational journey of our students, setting new benchmarks in education.

Our dedication extends far beyond our institution’s walls. At UCQ, we take immense pride in supporting social value and corporate social responsibility through a range of initiatives. We’re firm believers in giving back to our communities and leaving a positive imprint on society. As a part of our team, you’ll have the opportunity to actively engage in these initiatives and contribute to a profound sense of purpose in your work.

UCQ isn’t just a workplace; it’s a dynamic, inclusive environment where diversity is celebrated, ideas are nurtured, and collaboration thrives. Our vision for the future of education is bold, and we’re on the lookout for extraordinary individuals who share our passion and drive.

If you’re ready to be part of a team that’s reshaping education, investing in your advancement, driving groundbreaking research, and making a substantial societal impact, we cordially invite you to explore the exhilarating career prospects at UCQ. Together, we’ll be at the forefront of shaping the future of further and higher education in England.

Nicholas Mapletoft Signature

Nicholas Mapletoft
Principal & CEO, UCQ

Our Core Values

UCQ Core – Values Actively Engaged

Actively Engaged

Getting things done right today whilst actively preparing for what’s coming next

  • We are open-minded
  • Act with a sense of urgency
  • Do things right first time
  • Always strive to improve
  • Watch for changes in the market
  • Understand what’s happening around us
  • Are responsible for knowing what we need to know
  • Seek out solutions for our customers
UCQ Core Values – Being Modest

Being Modest

Empowerment, humbleness, understanding and respect for others

  • Give people freedom and trust
  • Be open to new ideas
  • Acknowledge our weaknesses, and strengths
  • Support our people
  • Understand our customers’ needs
  • Respect and take the time to understand others
  • Authenticity and openness
  • Promoting positively
  • Maintain confidentiality and discretion
UCQ Core Values – Integrity & Candour

Integrity & Candour

Trust us to do what we say

  • People can count on us
  • Be honest and accountable
  • Always do the right thing
  • Say it as it is but be respectful
  • Be open about the bad and good news
  • Give our input during discussions
  • Take and make the tough right decisions
  • Put UCQ first
UCQ Core Values – Our People

Our People

Supporting our employees to reach their full potential

  • Recruit the right people
  • Have a “can do, will do” attitude
  • Dialogue centered on honest communication
  • Generously reward high performance
  • Being an innovative place to work
  • Everyone contributing to a collaborative working environment built on a foundation of mutual trust
  • We’re in this together, operating with unity and inclusivity

Expectations of our Leaders

Strategic Planning & Execution

Strategic Planning & Execution

  • Take an active role in setting and achieving UCQ’s Strategic Plan
  • Invest in the infrastructure to realise our vision
  • Drive decision making, growth and innovation at UCQ
  • Review and monitor individual and institutional performance
Equality & Inclusion

Equality & Inclusion

  • Support equality of opportunities
  • Foster an inclusive culture where all staff and students feel comfortable and valued
  • Encourage staff to have a voice and use their voice without fear
Accountability & Compliance

Accountability & Compliance

  • Hold staff and each other accountable
  • Continue to meet all conditions of quality standards and funding
  • Operate robust systems of financial control and governance
Core Values & Reputation

Core Values & Reputation

  • Champion UCQ’s Core Values
  • Ensure our Core Values are practiced throughout the organisation
  • Encourage staff to challenge leaders where Core Values are not being displayed
Professional Development & Support

Professional Development & Support

  • Encourage continuing self-development opportunities
  • Support staff to ensure they understand the expectations of their role
  • Have zero tolerance for any form of bullying, harassment or discrimination


Generous Pension Benefits

Annual Leave

Hybrid / Flexible Working

Rewards & Recognition

Social Events / Activities

Better Health at Work (Wellbeing)

Staff Testimonials