Work at UCL


Dr Sian Christina

Head of Career Pathways, Organisational Development

What is your role and what does it involve?

I lead a Career Pathways project which sets out to enable Professional Services staff to build and develop their careers within UCL. I’m working with different job families in Professional Services is to map out progression routes through identifying key experience, skills, behaviours and development opportunities across levels. 

How long have you been at UCL? 

I’ve been here for five months.

What attracted you to UCL?

UCL is an institution with a long and illustrious history, but one that is undergoing and embracing change. Being part of that dynamic was a very exciting proposition!

What and where was your previous role?

I came here from Imperial College where I worked as an Organisational Development Consultant, largely rolling out leadership development for the academic community. I’ve also worked in organisational development in the UK and Hong Kong in a range of organisations including Tesco, ITV and the BBC.

What working achievement are you most proud of? 

While I was at Tesco I developed an energy efficiency behavioural change intervention as part of my doctoral project – we saved £4 million and the carbon equivalent in under a year. It was a great experience to make significant financial and carbon savings simply through the power of behavioural change!

Describe UCL in three words.

Bold, challenging, surprising. 

What is the best aspect about working at UCL?

The people of course! I am continually impressed by the energy and engagement of staff, and their commitment to making things better for everyone. 

What does it feel like to be part of the UCL community?  

I still feel I have a way to go before completely knowing my way round UCL – it’s a very complex organisation, with lots of moving parts - but I have felt part of a very connected and warm community from Day One.

What are your future career aspirations?

I’m really looking forward to completing the Career Pathway project in March 2020, and seeing in practice how the work can benefit the career development of others at UCL. That will be a great moment. Beyond that who knows!

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I have three children who keep me busy putting out fires (not quite literally, but nearly..). When I get a chance I like to run, I’m not a natural runner, but I’m persistent! I ran a half marathon earlier this year and am looking for my next challenge….