UCL Career Frameworks


Data and Insight

The Data and Insight career pathway could take you from project support to senior management.

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What is Data and Insight?

The role of Data and Insight is to help UCL staff to make better decisions using data. Whether we are based in the central Data and Insight team, or another professional service or Vice-Provost office, data and insight professionals at UCL combine an understanding of data management, science, engineering, analysis and visualisation with a drive to help embed a data and insight-driven culture at UCL, and the ability to communicate clearly and effectively with a diverse and demanding set of internal customers.  

We are focused on helping UCL staff make better decisions, using leading data and business intelligence technologies to deliver sector-leading analysis and insight to support UCL 2034. Data and Insight professionals will also be valuable members of the Data and Insight Community of Practice, working collaboratively with the community to develop cross-UCL innovation and good practice. We work with colleagues from different departments across UCL; collaborate closely with colleagues in Information Services; and are active contributors in the implementation of UCL’s Data and Insight Strategy. We also network within the data and insight field, in higher education and beyond. 

We use both technical and communicative skills to help embed the cultural importance of good quality data, and combine subject matter expertise with technical fluency, project management skills and an entrepreneurial spirit. The balance of colleagues’ technical expertise will vary: some will be big-data engineers; some will be data management or governance professionals; some will be data storytellers. However, we all have excellent critical-thinking skills, good data intuition, curiosity, a bias to action - and impeccable standards which are recognised as outstanding by customers and peers. Above all we value listening to customers of data and delivering what they need, when they need it.

Role Profiles 

Career case study

Rebecca Allen

Rebecca Allen 

Head of Data & Insight Service

Meet Rebecca

Sam-Aaron Butler

Sam-Aaron Butler

Data and Insight Analyst

Meet Sam-Aaron


Si Ning Yeoh

Si Ning Yeoh

Research Data Analyst

Meet Si Ning