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Head of HR

UK Dementia Research Institute Headquarters

UCL, Gower Street, London, UK


  • Posted on: 02nd Nov 2021
  • Salary: Competitive based on skills and experience.
  • REF: 1880038
  • Closes: 21st November 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time, Part Time

Duties and Responsibilities

Dementia is the greatest health challenge of our century.

To date there is no way to prevent it or even slow its progression, and there is an urgent need to fill the knowledge gap in our basic understanding of the diseases that cause it.

The UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI) is the biggest UK initiative driving forward research to fill this gap.

The UK DRI Headquarters team is based at UCL yet works across all six of the UK DRI host institutions. Collectively the HQ team is responsible for making the distributed UK DRI community function as a single institute, with a shared culture of intensely collaborative research.

The Head of HR is an exciting and broad role, responsible for overseeing HR-related activities across the Institute and working closely with colleagues across our network of six partner universities.

You will lead on the Institutes diversity strategy, helping to embed the awareness and promotion of diversity and inclusion into business as usual, and will be responsible for staff engagement and wellbeing at the institute-level, using data and metrics to inform continuous improvements. Youll also play a key role in recruitment and talent attraction, collaborating with local HR teams and senior university leadership to seek and appoint top international talent, as well as providing expert advice and guidance on HR matters to colleagues within the Centres.

The role is funded for five years in the first instance.

Key Requirements

You will be CIPD qualified with experience of working in a strategic or leadership role within HR. You will have significant direct experience of working within a research-intensive environment, ideally in the UK university sector. Youll possess demonstrable sound judgement and the confidence to make the big calls and be tenacious and resilient in how you approach your role. An adept communicator, youll have strong interpersonal skills to drive collaboration and help you influence outcomes to benefit the delivery of the Institutes vision.

Further Details

A job description and full person specification can be accessed below.

To apply for the vacancy, please click the Apply Now button below.

If you have any queries regarding the vacancy or the application process or would like to have a confidential discussion about the role, please contact Laura Allum (UK DRI HQ Head of HR), l.allum@ukdri.ucl.ac.uk.

The UCL Ways of Working for professional services supports colleagues to be successful and happy at UCL through sharing expectations around how we work please see www.ucl.ac.uk/ways-of-working to find out more.

We particularly welcome female applicants and those from an ethnic minority, as they are under-represented within UCL at this level.

We will consider applications to work on a part-time, flexible and job share basis wherever possible.

Closing Date

21 Nov 2021

Latest time for the submission of applications


Interview date

8th December

This appointment is subject to UCL Terms and Conditions of Service for Research and Support Staff.

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