Head of Statutory Returns

Docklands, United Kingdom
£58,359 per annum inclusive of London Weighting
01 Jun 2023
End of advertisement period
21 Jun 2023
Contract Type
Full Time

Location: Docklands Campus
Salary: starting from £58,359 per annum inclusive of London Weighting
Post Type:  Full Time
Post Type:  Permanent
Closing Date: Wednesday 21 June 2023
Interview Date: Wednesday 05 July 2023
Reference: PS133S2023

University of East London 

We’re the University of East London (UEL) founded in 1898 and proud to change lives through education. Our goal is to advance industry 5.0 careers-first education and provide a clear path to the jobs and opportunities of the future. We’re committed to driving diversity in the 5.0 talent pipeline, working in partnership to promote talent wherever it is found and creating a balanced, inclusive, and green future. 

But we can't achieve this goal alone. We need forward-thinking, innovative, and curious individuals like you to join our community and help us craft our future. As part of our team, you'll have the opportunity to work with a diverse range of people who share your passion for creating positive change. We’re an inclusive and welcoming community that is constantly moving forward, never satisfied with the status quo. 

About Us 

The Strategic Development and Delivery team is a new service directorate that will work in partnership with stakeholders across the institution, combining our specialist expertise, sector knowledge and institutional awareness to support the delivery of our institution strategy Vision 2028 and beyond. The directorate was established in 2023 and brought colleagues across the institution together into one function to form the following service areas: Insights & Decision Support; Strategy & Performance; Portfolio & Benefits; and Change & Improvement. This role represents further investment in the team to secure UEL’s future success. 

About the Job 

We are looking for a leader in delivering statutory returns for universities who will: 

  • Build and lead a team of specialists to deliver HESA and Regulatory returns 
  • Define and establish a clear methodology for all returns in the institution  
  • Ensure continuous improvement in data optimisation  
  • Connect our data returns approach to our data strategy 
  • Act as an authority on statutory data requirements 
  • Create an internal community of returns practitioners  

About You 

The ideal candidate will have demonstrable experience in leading teams on Office for Students data returns, including but not limited to HESA Data Futures, HESES, ITT, AOR and ILR. In addition, they will have the confidence and specialist knowledge to coordinate with colleagues across the institution in completing and optimising data. 

We are seeking a candidate to establish and direct a community of practitioners to give confidence in all statutory data returns activity across our university. As a result, and in keeping with our progressive culture, ideal candidates will be innovators and strategic thinkers who can overcome challenges with new ideas. 

Benefits Package 

Here at UEL we understand it’s about more than just a salary. It’s about the entire package on offer along with our outstanding work environment and inclusive culture. We know the market rates for this vacancy and will offer a genuinely competitive salary DOE. 

We care deeply about your wellbeing and our benefits includes: 20% pension (4% from you, 16% from us), 25 days holiday (plus 3 paid closure days for Christmas) plus bank holidays, hybrid working for most positions, and we’re always open to consider flexible working arrangements. We have a shared success bonus of £4,250 pa, subsidised gym membership, 3 times base salary life assurance, a cashback healthcare scheme and wide variety of other generous benefits including discounts on; Apple and Samsung products, holidays, clothing, fitness, lifestyle, dining out and weekly shopping. 

Equal Opportunities 

UEL is an inclusive equal opportunities employer and are proud of our Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity achievements, including: zero gender pay gap, members of Stonewall and have won Athena Swan awards. We expect all employees of UEL to accept our EDI policy and will not tolerate discrimination in any form. 

We're a disability confident employer and value all applications. Please let us know if you require any reasonable accommodations throughout the recruitment process. 

So, if you’d like to take your career to the next level with us here at the University of East London and are inspired by our environment and commit to success, we want you to apply today!

Further details: Job Description & Person Specification

To contact the recruitment team please phone +44 20 8223 3000 x 4600 or e-mail

CVs without a completed application form will not be accepted.

At UEL we are committed to working together to build a community which values diversity in both our staff and student populations, is representative and inclusive, enabling all to progress and thrive.

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