UCL Career Frameworks


Planning and Governance - grade 8

Example job roles: Senior Advisory Support, Management

Level:    Advanced


Activities and responsibilities likely to be required when working at this level

  • In a central role this means being an expert lead for the institution in a particular area (e.g. regulations, programme approval, quality assurance). In an academic unit this means having a broader based remit with an expertise around the individual area context
  • Implement and apply UCL strategies and policy to the individual context
  • Expert knowledge of relevant HE and/or professional context
  • Providing expert advice and guidance to committees and senior managers largely relating to change and complex issues (e.g. development of new regulations, practices and procedures)
  • Overseeing the production, interpretation and evaluation of a variety of data sources to inform change, decision-making and planning
  • Advise how the insights relate to the wider picture (e.g. strategic priorities, quality framework)
  • Prioritising and delegating appropriately, recognising and responding to crucial issues
  • Staff management and team development
  • Embedding a positive student culture and commitment to UCL’s reputational excellence in the team/academic unit
  • Represent UCL externally at events and for a related to area of specialist knowledge
  • Expert at taking forward faculty level education initiatives - and being an advisor of regulations and management of academic standards.

Personal and professional development

Development options to consider when working towards this level

Learning on the job

  • Consider becoming a Fellow of Higher Education Academy

Learning from others  

  • Take opportunities to present at internal conferences and to attend external conferences and events.

Formal learning

  • Leadership development training

* You may wish to explore the listed formal training themes / topics on LinkedIn Learning.

Transferable skills and competencies

UCL uses the Universal Competency Framework (UCF) to discuss transferable skills. Find out more details on the framework.

Presenting and communicating information

  • Speaking fluently.
  • Explaining concepts and opinions.
  • Articulating key points of an argument. 
  • Presenting and public speaking.
  • Projecting credibility.
  • Responding to an audience.

Deciding and initiating action

  • Making decisions.
  • Taking responsibility.
  • Acting with confidence.
  • Acting on own initiative.
  • Taking action.
  • Taking calculated risks.

Leading and supervising

  • Providing direction and co-ordinating action.
  • Supervising and monitoring behaviour.
  • Coaching.
  • Delegating.
  • Empowering staff.
  • Motivating others.
  • Developing staff.
  • Identifying and recruiting talent.

UCL Ways of Working

These describe expected behaviours in line with UCL culture and values.  For Ways of Working indicators and steps to development please refer to the Ways of Working website

Career Pathway roles are indicative and are not intended to be a description of the role in terms of responsibilty and duties.