Transforming Our Professional Services



There are currently two communities of practice that bring together staff working in planning, projects and data related roles from across UCL.

Planning+ Communities of Practice


Data and Insight

Project and Programme Management 


Staff who produce data, insight and analysis to improve evidence-based decision-making to help UCL fulfil its academic mission. A significant part of your core role is likely to involve analysing data and delivering data-driven insight to decision-makers.

Staff who manage projects and programmes that aim to invest UCL’s valuable resources to improve operations in support of our Academic Mission. As a project or programme manager at UCL, you may currently use an established approach or methodology. A significant part of your role is likely to involve initiating or coordinating change, improvement or other projects or programmes of work.


Leaders and their divisions


Rebecca Allen, Data and Insight Manager (Education), UCL Office of the Vice-Provost (Education and Student Affairs)

Sarah Dowling, Project Manager, Division of Psychiatry

Martin Howells, Data and Insight Manager, Planning Division

Sarah Earl, PMO Manager, UCL East

Peter Jones, Director, Data and Insight Planning DivisionDean Stokes, Major Projects Portfolio Director, Planning Division  

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The Project & Programme Management Community of Practice Launch
The Community of Practice held their launch event on 1 November giving colleagues the opportunity to discover what they do. Michael Schuitevoerder, Programme Director for the Institute of Neurology/Dementia Research Institute was their guest speaker.

Community led projects



Leading COP

Project lead

Data and information catalogueTo make UCL's data visible and accessible so that it can be used to contribute to decision making.  Data and InsightRachna Kayastha and Nico Ulloa Olguin
Principles for good data visualisationTo establish and embed best practice principles for data visualisation at UCL.Data and InsightLydia Harwood and Bettina Baumann
Sector collaboration To identify inspiring practices being used by other institutions and build relationships that foster collaboration. Data and InsightCommunity led project
UCL project log

Understand the totality of planned change across UCL and our capacity to drive and support it.

To start with we will create a register that aims to capture all of the projects
that are currently underway.

Programme and Project Management

Rachel Fishwick and Kate Higham
Communities of excellence

Create a project management framework for UCL.

To start with we will identify the most appropriate tools and methods and
make them the standard across UCL.

Programme and Project ManagementDean Stokes
Mentoring for the community

Establish a mentoring scheme for the Project & Programme Management Community.

To start with we will develop a scheme that supports members of the core
Project & Programme Management Community in their career choices.

Programme and Project ManagementHelen Sawyer
Training and development

Provide a coherent offering to underpin people’s career and personal development choices.

To start with we will provide access to training & development opportunities
that will help people achieve their professional goals.

Programme and Project ManagementRachel Corcoran and Rosie French
HackathonPromote active, practical collaboration within the Project and Programme Management Community.Programme and Project ManagementEmma Brady