Director of UCL Estates

London (GB)
15 Feb 2018
End of advertisement period
16 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Director of UCL Estates

UCL is a world leading multi-disciplanary university whose ethos – that excellence should go hand-in-hand with enriching society – is as strong today as it was at its establishment in 1826. It was the first university in England to welcome students of any religion, the first to welcome women on equal terms with men, and the first to hold both a Silver Athena SWAN award and a Race Equality Charter Bronze Award. It is currently ranked 7th worldwide in the 2018 QS World University Rankings, and  performed outstandingly well in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise, becoming the UK’s top-rated university for research strength and it also achieved Silver in the Teaching Excellence Framework. It has ambitious plans for the future, including the development of a world-class estate to support its mission as London’s Global University.

With around 38,000 students, 12,000 staff, and an annual income of over £1.3bn, the UCL Estate serves one of the largest and most complex universities in the UK. UCL 2034, the University’s 20-year strategy, expresses the University’s commitment to a long-term vision of world-leading excellence in all areas of its academic mission. The Estate is viewed as a key strategic asset and a crucial enabler for achieving this ambition. This exciting strategy is underpinned by a £1.7bn capital programme, a series of high profile capital projects including the exciting development of UCL East – an entirely new campus in the Olympic Park – which will enable UCL to undertake ground-breaking activity in an innovative new environment. 

Reporting to the Vice-Provost (Operations), and a key member of the Provost’s Senior Management Team, the new Director will lead all aspects of UCL Estates during this exciting period of transformation. S/he will have substantial senior leadership experience, gained across multiple areas of relevance to the portfolio, combined with a proven ability to deliver change within multi-faceted environments of genuine scale and complexity. Having the intellectual acuity and emotional intelligence to engage effectively with the broad range of internal and external stakeholders, inherent in a world-class academic environment, will also be vital, but previous experience in the higher education sector is not required. UCL is committed to diversity and equality and wishes to attact as broad a field of candidates as possible to this key role. 

The Director of Estates is the most exciting and challenging estates role in the UK higher education sector. For further information, including details of how to apply, please visit

The closing date for applications is Friday 16th March 2018 at 5pm.

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