Research Finance Administrator at UCL

The appointment will be on UCL Grade 7.

The Social Research Institute – formerly the Department of Social Science – in the IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society, is one of the leading centers for social research in the UK. It is home to seven internationally renowned research units:

  • Center for Longitudinal Studies
  • Center for Time Use Research
  • EPPI-Centre
  • Quantitative Social Science
  • Social Science Research Unit
  • Thomas Coram Research Unit

The Center for Longitudinal Studies is an interdisciplinary research centre, which is funded by ESRC to scientifically lead and run four of Britain’s internationally renowned cohort studies:

  • 1958 National Child Development Study (NCDS) • 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70) • Millennium Cohort Study (MCS) • Next Steps (formerly the Longitudinal Study of Young People in England)

The Center has also recently been funded to test the feasibility of establishing a new UK birth cohort study, the Early Life Cohort Feasibility Study (funded by ESRC), and is collaborating on two further new longitudinal studies, the Children of the 2020s (funded by DfE) and the Covid Social Mobility study (COSMO) (funded by UKRI). The Center collaborates closely with the MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Aging in the Faculty of Population Health Sciences in UCL, which leads the 1946 National Survey of Health and Development (NSHD), the oldest of the UK’s national birth cohort studies.

We are now seeking a Research Finance Administrator to join our team. In this role you will specialize in administering the financial activities of the designated area, ensuring effective procedures are documented and adopted for dealing with all aspects including processing financial transactions, procurement and monitoring expenditure of the centers grants. Acting as the finance point of contact for research finance matters, you will be responsible for taking ownership in resolving issues and offering appropriate advice, achieving a high quality and timely service to staff, and liaise with faculty and central UCL teams in the exchanging of information and managing financial data.

You will work with team leaders on annual budget proposals and forecasts, provide financial data and advice on grants to Principal Investigators and research staff, and assist the Center Manager in financial related activities.

This post is available until 31st March 2025 in the first instance.

You will be educated to degree level or have acquired relevant skills in finance or accountancy or equivalent work experience. You will have knowledge of financial processes and regulations associated with general financial administration, as well as knowledge of research funding processes and regulations within a higher education/research environment. Previously unsuccessful applicants need not apply.

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button above.

For informal inquiries about this role please contact Felicia Teague –

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Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59.

We particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within UCL at this level.

Our department holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award, in recognition of our commitment to advancing gender equality.


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