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Departmental Administrator

The Department Administrator has delegated authority from the Head of Department for overall financial and personnel management of the Department. Main areas of responsibility:

  • Strategic planning in conjunction with Head of Department, Principal Technician and Department Committees
  • Provides data and information to Head of Department, Department staff, Committees, University offices and others as requested

Human Resources

  • Advises on the recruitment process; establishes new posts, drafts job descriptions, places adverts and participates in interviews
  • Advises on contractual issues including extensions, changes of funding, limit of tenure and work permit applications
  • Deals with maternity leave, sabbatical leave and retirement; also staff disciplinary, training or welfare matters
  • Processes job regradings and contribution increment scheme applications
  • Liaises with School HR team
  • Attends HR briefings and disseminates policy information

Finances/Research Grants

  • Oversees financial strategy, working with Department Accounts staff and School Finance Manager
  • Monitors annual group budgets
  • Monitors expenditure on Doctoral Training Grants; advises on industrial studentship agreements
  • Advises on grant application costings on pFACT and assists with JeS, eGAP applications
  • Liaises with Cambridge Research Office and sponsors
  • Writes documentation for funding bids eg SRIF

A researcher who finds themselves needing to undertake research with human participants or personal data should contact the Department Administrator for guidance ().


  • Acts as Secretary to Safety and Staff Committees and other working groups; member of Research, GEC and Teaching Committees


  • Disability Liaison Officer
  • Liaises with Principal Technician, Maintenance Manager and EMBS regarding refurbishments and new build projects
  • Line manager for the administration team
  • Trains new staff on HR procedures