Research and Innovation Services


Frequently asked questions

Find answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about working in RIS and applying for opportunities to join our teams.

How do I apply for a role?

Applications are accepted via the UCL application portal. Your application will be assessed on how well you evidence the essential and desirable criteria in the person specification. Please ensure you carefully review and consider these before you submit your application. Find out more about the UCL application process on the Work at UCL website.

Where will I work?

Roles in our teams are considered hybrid - part office-based and part remote. There is a team day at our in our office in Bloomsbury, London once a week, and then the expectation is that staff work remotely or come in on other days to meet the needs of their work.

Can I work from home?

Yes. Hybrid colleagues at UCL are expected to be onsite between 20-80% of the time, depending on need. We have a Research and Innovation Services (RIS) team day once a week on Wednesdays, where the general expectation is all RIS teams will be on site. 

The number of additional days that RIS staff work on-site at Bidborough House is determined by the relevant team lead, based on customer demand and business requirements. Individual requirements and reasonable adjustments can be discussed with the line manager.

Why would I want to work at UCL?

When you work at UCL you are part of something huge. UCL has a track record of genuinely groundbreaking research that transforms the lives of people around the world. 

We are second in the UK for research power, tackling some of the world’s greatest challenges: from developing cutting-edge cancer treatments, helping people out of poverty, taking action on climate change, improving children’s mental health, championing equality and diversity, and protecting human rights. We attract investment from across the world and generate £10bn a year in UK economic activity.

At UCL we value our people and help everyone achieve excellence. Working at UCL offers the opportunity to work with game changers in your field, in addition to competitive terms, conditions, and benefits. These include development opportunities, a pension, health, and wellbeing support, season ticket loans, discounts, and a work-life balance.

What career development opportunities are available?

This is a great time to join our teams as our directorate is undergoing a period of transformation and investment, offering staff the opportunity to develop their skills and contribute to an exciting change agenda. 

UCL also offers a range of learning opportunities to develop your career, including career frameworks for professional services staff, secondment opportunities, and an attractive study assistance programme.