UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


Director's Office

The Director's Office manages the full range of responsibilities and tasks that need to be undertaken for the effective running of the School.

Professor Jan Kubik

Director of SSEES

Pro-Vice-Provost (Europe)

Professor of Slavonic and East European Studies

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Tel: 020 7679 8750 (Internal 28750)
Email: j.kubik@ucl.ac.uk
Room: 407
Office hours: Thursdays 13:00 - 15:00

Jan Kubik

Lisa Cagnacci

Temporary PA to the Director

The Director’s PA supports the Director and oversees the work of the Director’s Office, which is the centre of the School’s public relations and news output.  The PA organises events under the auspices of the Director’s Office and is Secretary to the Committees chaired by the Director.

Tel: 020 7679 8751 (Internal 28751)
Email: l.cagnacci@ucl.ac.uk
Room: 407


Professor Zoran Milutinović

Deputy Director

Professor of South Slav Literature and Modern Literary Theory

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Tel: 020 7679 8730 (Internal 28730)
Email: z.milutinovic@ucl.ac.uk
Room: 325
Office hours: Thursdays 11:30 – 12:30

Maria Widdowson

Assistant Director (Finance & Administration)

Heads SSEES Professional Services and assists the Director with formulation and implementation of strategic plans and initiatives. Contributes to SSEES coordination of the consortium-based projects: International Masters in Economy, State and Society (IMESS) and AHRC Doctoral Training Centre for East European Language Based Area Studies (CEELBAS).

020 7679 8804 (Internal 28804)
Email: m.widdowson@ucl.ac.uk
Room: 410
Maria Widdowson

Mukesh Hindocha

Operations and Resources Manager

  • Research grants
  • Finance
  • Estates
  • HR
  • Evening Courses
  • Safety Officer
  • Senior Fire Evacuation Marshal

Tel: 020 7679 8803 (Internal 28803)
Email: m.hindocha@ucl.ac.uk
Room: 409


Esther Williams

Senior Administrator (HR & Accounts)

  • Human Resources – staff recruitment and induction of new staff, payroll, maternity leave applications, probation and appraisal of staff, staff sickness absence, affiliate academic applications
  • Finance – advice on and approval of iExpenses, reimbursement forms and purchase orders, banking.
  • PA to the Assistant Director

Tel: 020 7679 8801 (Internal 28801)

Claudia Roland

Events and Projects Administrator

  • Event management – project manages one-off conferences and other events developed by SSEES.
  • Assists with management of research projects - event coordination, financial reporting and costing research proposals.
  • Responsible for administration of PGTA contracts – recruitment, queries and financial management.

Tel: 020 7679 8754 (Internal 28754)


Manpreet Karir

Administrative Officer

  • Staffing administration - in support of the senior administrator
  • Office procurement
  • Estates issues and queries
  • Reprographics - access and issues
  • Computer Rep - Issues with passwords and access to UCL systems

Tel: 020 7679 8800 (Internal 28800)


Garance Mourgaud

General Assistant 

  • The General Assistant supports the Director’s PA and the work of the Director’s Office.  This includes clerical duties, helping to organise the events under the auspices of the Director’s Office, contributing to manning the reception and other relevant duties as required.

Tel: 020 7679 8752 (Internal 28752)
Email: g.mourgaud@ucl.ac.uk
Room: 407