UCL Human Resources


Bank Accounts

Bank accounts

Paying into a UK Bank Account

Payroll Services will pay your salary into a UK bank account or building society. We are currently unable to make electronic payments overseas so you are required to set up a UK bank account for this purpose. To facilitate this, we offer a bank introductory letter. 

  • Bank Accounts The UCL payroll system can only accept bank accounts with a 6 digit sort code and an 8 digit account number. The only exceptions being Lloyds Bank which has a 7 digit account number and Girobank which has a 9 digit account number.

  • Building Society Accounts  The UCL payroll system can only accept building society accounts with a 6 digit sort code and an 8 digit account number. If you have a savings account you will need to quote a roll/ reference number as well as the 6 digit sort code and 8 digit account number. Please note that some building societies may take longer to credit your account.

If you are an Overseas Nationals, please see Opening a UK Bank Account below.

Changing your Bank Details

All employees can add or update their bank details via the Employee Self-Service on MyHR (this can be done from your first day of employment).

For instructions on how to do this, please see the training guide that can be found on MyHR user guides and online training.

If you make a request to change your bank details after the 18th of the current month, the change may not become effective until the following month’s payroll. The only exception to this is April and December where changes must be requested prior to the 10th of the month, this is due to the UCL closure periods.

If you are a casual worker or an employee with issues accessing MyHR, you can change your bank's details by completing the online form.  

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at hr-services@ucl.ac.uk or 0203 108 7160.

Opening a UK Bank Account

UCL and Santander Universities are pleased to confirm a partnership that enables all UCL employees to quickly and easily open a UK bank account.  The account can be opened through the dedicated Santander Universities Branch on the Gower Street Campus in the Wilkins Building, or alternatively at the Tottenham Court Road branch around the corner.

Please note that the UCL branch is now closed until 9 September 2019 however all staff members will be at the Tottenham Court road branch for any enquires. 

If you wish to open a UK bank account with Santander using this service, please first request a bank reference letter from your Employment Contract Administration (ECA) team. To open your bank account you need the following three documents:

  • EU Nationals require their passport or EU Identity Card, and Non-EU Nationals require British Residency Permit card or valid visa in passport.
  • Proof of your address - this could include a tenancy agreement for a rented property, a utility bill, or a confirmation of National Insurance letter sent to your address in London.
  • UCL reference letter containing -
    • Your full name, identical to how it shows on your passport/ Residency Permit
    • Your current London address
    • employment start date, and contract end date (if applicable)

Upon receipt of these documents, Santander will be able to arrange an appointment to open an account for you in the branch.

For any appointment booking, queries or difficulties in obtaining relevant documentation, please contact: 

Joe Manns-Benson  - Branch Manager    joe.manns-benson@santander.co.uk

Santander Universities Branch
164-167 Tottenham Court Road

Telephone 055114 30582

Opening times:
Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 10am - 5pm

Santander UCL Branch
Wilkins Building Lower Ground Floor
South Cloisters

Telephone: 055114 83698

Opening time:
Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 1pm - 5pm