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Work with us

Join our team and help us build a better world through higher education.

Who we are

We offer excellent opportunities for people interested in working in an international organisation within the higher education sector.

The ACU is a unique membership organisation consisting of over 500 universities in 50 countries across the Commonwealth. This makes us one of the largest and most diverse international university networks. 

We champion higher education as the cornerstone of stronger societies, supporting our members, partners, and stakeholders as they adapt to a changing world.

We believe that our staff are our greatest asset and we are committed to ensuring the ACU is a great, supportive and rewarding place to work with a high-performance culture. Our staff share our passion and vision and are key to helping us to achieve our goals.

Current vacancies

Please visit our vacancy portal to check for current vacancies and apply online. 

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Request for proposals: Equitable partnerships toolkit

We are seeking a higher education professional(s) to develop a toolkit that supports our members in the development, delivery, and sustainability of equitable partnerships. Find out more and apply

Why work for us?

If you join us, you will benefit from the following:

  • Working for an organisation with social impact, with the opportunity to make a difference
  • The opportunity to build your career with extensive training and development opportunities
  • Exposure to the international higher education and international development sectors
  • A positive, supportive and flexible working culture
  • Working within an inclusive environment where health and wellbeing is a priority.

Our values

  • Quality: We strive to excel in all we do, and continuously reflect on our work to find new ways forward.
  • Collaboration: We believe that cooperation and sharing ideas makes us stronger.
  • Innovation: We encourage people to think differently, be curious, and explore new ideas.
  • Respect: We treat others in the way we would like to be treated – with fairness, integrity, and generosity.
  • Inclusion: We value difference and encourage and celebrate the diverse voices of our colleagues and partners.

Our benefits

  • 27 days annual leave, plus 8 bank holidays (pro rata for part time employees), plus 4 Christmas closure days
  • Generous pension scheme – 5% employee contribution, 10% employer contribution 
  • Interest-free travel season ticket loan
  • Enhanced maternity, paternity and shared parental leave
  • Give As You Earn charitable donations scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme

Work/life balance

  • Our offices are in central London, only ten minutes’ walk from Euston and Kings Cross stations. Staff spend around 40% of their time in the office each month, although some staff come in more regularly
  • We make every effort to support flexible working so that staff can have a healthy work/life balance, including compressed hours, nine-day fortnights or part-time roles. We also have long- and short-term arrangements for staff who have caring responsibilities, or other personal circumstances that need flexibility

Health and wellbeing

  • Staff Wellbeing Service for professional advice and assistance. This is a free, independent 24/7 service, offering help and advice for work-related issues, as well as problems affecting your home life
  • Annual flu jab vouchers for all staff and free vaccines for international travel
  • Reimbursement of up to £75 for sight tests and towards glasses or lenses
  • We have a network of mental health first aiders who are here for all our staff when needed

Professional development

  • We have an annual programme of training and development to support skills development and promote wellbeing
  • We have regular external speakers who speak about issues of diversity and equality, such as transgender training, gender and race
  • We have additional opportunities to attend a range of internal and external events
  • We have an ACU Educational Fund for further study and professional development

Equal opportunities 

The ACU is committed to be an equal opportunities employer and aims to ensure that no job applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of race, religion, gender, marital status, disability, age or sexual orientation.

Please let us know if you require any adjustments in the application process or when you are invited to interview.

Disability Confident Committed employer

The ACU is proud to be a Disability Confident Committed employer.

Disability Confident is a government scheme designed to encourage employers to recruit and retain disabled people and those with health conditions. 

As a Disability Confident Committed Employer we have committed to:

  • Ensuring our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible
  • Communicating and promoting vacancies
  • Offering an interview to disabled people who meet the minimum criteria for the role
  • Providing reasonable adjustments as required
  • Supporting any existing employee who acquires a disability or long term health condition, enabling them to stay in work
  • At least one activity that will make a difference for disabled people

We are proud to be part of the movement of change that is encouraging employers to think differently about disability, taking action to recruit, retain and develop disabled people.

Find out more about Disability Confident here.