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Director, Compliance and Assurance

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UCL is one of the world’s top universities. Since 1826, we have championed independent thought by attracting and nurturing the world’s best minds. Global rankings consistently place us among the top ten universities in the world. Our excellence extends across all academic disciplines: from one of Europe’s largest and most productive hubs for biomedical science interacting with the leading London hospitals, to world-renowned centres for architecture (UCL Bartlett), fine art (UCL Slade School) and education (UCL Institute of Education). Staff and former students have included 29 Nobel prize-winners. We are a truly international community: more than one-third of our student body – which is more than 50,000 strong – come from 150 countries and nearly one-third of staff are from outside the UK.

As a world-leading research-intensive university, UCL is ranked in the top ten in the world, with an annual turnover of well over £1 billion. Our research and innovation continue to grow in scale and complexity, with record levels of research income and impact achieved last year. As such, UCL Research and Innovation Services (RIS) was established in 2021 to integrate research, innovation and enterprise support. RIS provides support and services for our academics working across the research and innovation life cycle with a focus on applying for and managing funding and providing professional advice on collaborations and contract. It is an exciting time to join UCL Research and Innovation Services, as we are investing in new capability to align the broad range of operational and enabling services that best position UCL to achieve our strategic ambitions. 

The Director, Compliance and Assurance is a new pivotal role within Research and Innovation Services, integral to the success of the services. They will lead and manage the Compliance and Assurance team to create, manage and disseminate to stakeholders appropriate governance, risk management and legal/regulatory policy and control measures to support the research and innovation ambitions of both the Institution and the RIS directorate, protecting UCL from reputational and financial risk, facilitating high-quality research & innovation and increased income opportunity.

We are seeking an individual with extensive experience of drafting and managing governance, risk management and legal/regulatory policy and control measures. You will have a background in analysis, application and communication of research and innovation standards including laws, regulations and policy guidance. You will bring a relentless focus on service excellence with a strong knowledge of relevant research and innovation policy frameworks and related compliance and audit methodology. You will be a sophisticated communicator able to enthuse, inspire and influence at all levels. You will be a strategic leader with a proven track record of leading high performing teams and a deep affinity to the power of higher education to transform lives.

This is an exceptional opportunity for the right candidate to have real impact at UCL and in the wider higher education sector. We are open to candidates from other sectors who want to make a difference.

At UCL we move the world forward. If you want to be part of something bigger, please contact Enfys Evans at [email protected] for a confidential briefing discussion or click Apply for further information.

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