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Prospect Researcher

Docklands, United Kingdom
Starting from £38,022 per annum inclusive of London Weighting
Closing date
3 Oct 2023

Location: Docklands Campus
Salary: Starting from £38,022 per annum inclusive of London Weighting
Post Type:  Full Time
Post Type:  Permanent
Closing Date: Tuesday 03 October 2023
Reference: 2419-23-PS

University of East London

Founded in 1898, we at the University of East London (UEL) are 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

We have built an External Relations Directorate that has brought together an integrated Communications & Engagement and Student Recruitment & Marketing service. The directorate is made up of several teams including Communications & Engagement, Marketing, Recruitment and Conversion, Outreach and Access, Design and Digital, Events and Advancement and the International Office. We are looking for team members who will be part of embedding an innovative practice to our directorate and enjoy working in an agile environment as we work towards a culture of the ‘continuous new’.

About the Job

The Prospect Researcher will support the Head of Development by managing prospect research that supports fundraising strategies. 

The post holder will be responsible for the identification of alumni, philanthropic individuals, trusts, foundations, and corporations as prospects that align with pre-identified strategic priorities. The role is also responsible for the conducting due diligence of donors and have a strong understanding of the data protection regulations and how this applies to the role and will support the achievement of annual financial targets. 

Other duties include:

  • Conduct research on prospective donors including high net-worth individuals, corporations, trusts, and foundations, providing extensive briefings.
  • Develop in-depth and well-written insight reports on prospects using internal and external data and communicate these cross-institutionally across all key stakeholder groups. 
  • Monitor information relating to top prospects and highlight any emerging information with the Head of Development.

About You

As a Prospect Researcher you will have an in depth understanding of the principles of philanthropy fundraising and donor motivations and use this to inform your research practices. You will have strong communication skills and be able to develop ways of cross-intuitional insight sharing to ensure alignment and informed decision making. You will also be an analytical and critical thinker who can interpret and communicate complex information ensuring it is accurate and accessible.

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 days over Christmas and 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.

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 committed to success, we want you to apply today!

Further details:    Job Description & Person Specification     More about our Benefits    

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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