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Responsibilities of the senior officers of UCL

Information about the responsibilities of the President and Provost, Vice-Provosts, Deans of Faculties, Pro-Vice-Provosts and Heads of Professional Services.

On this page you will find the responsibilities for: 

See also details of UCL's Leadership team.


The President and Provost

The President and Provost is the principal academic and administrative officer of UCL, and is UCL's accountable officer for the purposes of the Financial Memorandum with the Office for Students (OfS). The President and Provost is appointed by Council, on the recommendation of a joint committee of Council and the Academic Board; is responsible to the Council; and works closely with its members, and especially with the Chair of Council. The essential role of the President and Provost is to provide leadership which ensures: that UCL’s development is guided by a clear sense of mission and strategic direction which is sensitive to changes in the social, economic and political environment within which UCL operates; that all UCL’s activities, across the full range of academic disciplines in which it conducts teaching and research, are properly resourced; and that UCL’s staff and students feel genuinely part of a vibrant academic community. As chief executive, the President and Provost is also the driving force of UCL’s system of governance. The President and Provost has crucial external roles to play in representing UCL both nationally and internationally, interacting with Government, seeking to influence the development of UK higher education, and developing UCL’s sources of funding, within the UK and abroad, and in seeking philanthropic support for UCL.


Vice-Provosts

The 6 Vice-Provosts are appointed by the Council, on the recommendation of the Provost, to assist and advise the Provost as required. The Vice-Provosts are members of the Provost’s Senior Management Team.

Vice-Provost (Advancement)

Find out more about the Office of the Vice-Provost (Advancement)

Vice-Provost (Education and Student Affairs)

Find out more about the Office of the Vice-Provost (Education and Student Affairs)

Vice-Provost (Enterprise)

Find out more about the Office of the Vice-Provost (Innovation and Enterprise)

Vice-Provost (Health)

Find out more about the Office of the Vice-Provost (Health)

Vice-Provost (International)

Find out more about UCL's Global Engagement Office

Vice-Provost (Research)

Find out more about the Office of the Vice-Provost (Research)


Deans of Faculties

The Deans of UCL’s 11 faculties are members of the Provost’s Senior Management Team. The Deans’ principal duties include: to advise the Provost and Vice-Provosts concerned on academic strategy, staffing matters and resources for academic departments within their faculty (which includes monitoring and ensuring achievement of budgetary targets); to oversee quality assurance and enhancement in curricula and programme management at faculty level; to liaise with Faculty Tutors on undergraduate admissions and on student academic matters; to oversee examination matters at faculty level; and to co-ordinate faculty views on library, IT and other matters relating to education and information support.

There are currently Deans of the Faculty for the following: 

  • Faculty of Arts and Humanities
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
  • Faculty of the Built Environment
  • UCL Institute of Education
  • Faculty of Engineering Sciences
  • Faculty of Laws
  • Faculty of Life Sciences
  • Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences
  • Faculty of Population Health Sciences
  • Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences

Pro-Vice-Provosts

The Pro-Vice-Provosts of UCL comprise:

  • Pro-Vice-Provost (Doctoral School)
  • Pro-Vice-Provost (Education)
  • Pro-Vice-Provost (International)
  • Pro-Vice-Provost (Library Services)
  • Pro-Vice-Provost (Student Experience)

UCL also has a number of Regional Pro-Vice-Provosts who report to the Vice-Provost (International). Find out more information on the Pro-Vice-Provosts (Regional).


Chief Operating Officer

The Chief Operating Officer has responsibility for key professional services teams including Human Resources, Finance and Business Affairs, Legal Services, Estates and Information Services Division.


Heads of Professional Services

  • Director of Communications and Marketing

  • Director of Estates

  • Director of Finance and Business Affairs

  • Director of Human Resources

  • Director of Information Services

  • Director of Planning

  • Director of Culture

  • Registrar

Find more information about UCL's Professional Services.