UCL Networks

Parents and Carers Together Network


This is a social network that meets on a monthly basis and aims to support UCL staff members who are balancing new or ongoing caring responsibilities with work.

PACT seeks to raise awareness of UCL policies that support parents and carers and open up discussion about the issues facing parents and carers working in academia.

More information can be found on the PACT network leaflet.



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Aurora is for women up to Senior Lecturer level or professional services equivalent in a University or Higher Education College, ambitious for a career in the sector and interested in exploring leadership and management as one option for progression.

For more information on Aurora and potential opportunities please go to Aurora Information



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The Springboard Women's Development Programme is specifically designed for women from all backgrounds, ages and stages of their lives.

Key areas covered include communication skills, assertiveness, self confidence, improving your work/life balance and developing positive skills and attitude.

For more information about Springboard and for dates of the next cohort visit the Springboard Course Page.



UCL resources


UCL recommends a maximum of 8 days study leave per annum. Are you taking yours?

UCL provides in house training on a wide range of skills from "Abacus" (foreign currency purchasing & payment) to "Your Career, Your Future" (for staff applying for jobs both within and outside of UCL).
These courses are often free to your department or heavily subsidised.

If you are interested in studying towards a professional qualification, the Study Assistance Scheme can be used to subsidise the cost to you or your department.
If you qualify UCL will pay up to half the cost of the course to a maximum amount of £865 (this amount is reviewed yearly).

What career development resources are already available to UCL professional services staff?

The Organisational & Staff Development Programme through UCL HR is designed to be the main contact point for staff looking for support with their career development.  The majority relate to personal and organisational effectiveness, people management and development, and improving performance at work. Each topic contains information to help you develop knowledge, and practical tools that enable you to apply the learning and to deal with the immediate day-to-day management of personal, team and departmental challenges.

Lynda.com is an online learning video library resource which contains high-quality courses on a wide range of topics (software, creative and business skills) through high-quality instructional videos taught by recognised industry experts - all free to UCL staff, and currently enrolled students.

UCL Careers is a UCL department. UCL professional services staff are welcome to use their advice and guidance services with the proviso that support for UCL students does represent a priority for them. By all means do approach UCL Careers if you would like to discuss your career development face to face with a careers consultant but do bear in mind that they are far more likely to be able to respond quickly to your request in the late spring and summer terms when student demand decreases.

Further reading

In terms of careers information and resources, do have a look at Careers Tagged - you will find a range of career planning help sheets and other resources published by The Careers Group. Primarily aimed at students and recent graduates, you may still find the resource a useful way of increasing your knowledge of other sectors.

Universities need to help women beat the gender pay gap - Higher education has a responsibility to its female students to ensure they start work confident in their skills, otherwise how will they assert their right to equal pay

The Equality Challenge Unit has a wealth of useful resources for managers in Higher Education and this webpage contains ideas for practical steps to support the career development of women. Also see the associated guidance booklet: Mentoring: progressing women's careers in higher education