Applying for a role at SWC

Finding a new job can feel like a job in itself! We have put together some guidance to support you along the way.  

Don’t know where to start? 

For Professional Services roles, read UCL’s Career Frameworks which provides information about a range of roles at UCL.

You can also read further information and FAQs about the stages of our Recruitment Process. Please note, we only accept applications made online for existing vacancies and are unable to accept speculative CVs.

If you are looking for information on studying at SWC, please visit our PhD Programme page.

Did you know? We also support In2Research with mentoring and 8-week summer placements for students and graduates from low socioeconomic backgrounds in order to improve access to postgraduate research degrees and careers.

How to apply

  1. Find a role you that suits your career path and read the advert and job description thoroughly.
  2. In your application clearly evidence how you meet the essential criteria using examples. It is also helpful to think about why you want to work at SWC specifically, how you would contribute and how the role would help you achieve your future goals. 
  3. How do you work best? At SWC we want you to thrive and be happy.  The selection criteria for professional services roles also list 3 behavioural themes from the UCL Ways of Working framework. Together we can set expectations and support your development needs, so remember to write about how you meet these and what you’d like to learn.
  4. Fill in the application form with relevant experiences, skills and qualifications for the role you are interested in and if you have any questions at any stage contact us on 
  5. We’ll be in touch after the advert has closed and shortlisting has been completed. If your circumstances change please let us know.

Preparing for interview

8 steps to get ready for your interview:

  1. Arrange anything practical in advance e.g. travel or IT setup (for those that join us online).
  2. Establish the panel member’s roles and how they relate to the position. 
  3. Provide test answers or presentations on time. This is part of the selection process.
  4. Read the job description and prepare answers to questions you think will be asked.
  5. Read about our Research Culture to help tailor your answers and think about how you match our values.
  6. Do a mock interview and practise competence, behaviour and situational answers.
  7. Prepare questions you’d like to ask the recruiting panel.
  8. Remember during the interview you can ask for the panel to repeat any questions if you are unclear.

Useful resources

Support and adjustments

Please email or call +44 (0) 20 3108 8011 if you would like any support or adjustments. We are committed to an inclusive culture and creating an accessible application process.

After your interview

We will contact you as soon as possible to let you know the outcome. If you are successful we will request permission to contact your referees and other checks too.