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Sainsbury Laboratory


Professional careers

SLCU has core funded academic-related and professional services staff to provide administrative and building services support to our institute. These staff are an integral part of the SLCU community and work across accounts, purchasing, stores, building facilities, human resources, communications, public engagement and administration.

Professional staff are part of the wider university network and communities of practice where they share knowledge and collaborate with colleagues across the University who work in similar roles or have similar professional interests and responsibilities.


Career development and training

The University of Cambridge provides an extensive programme of personal and professional development learning. Staff also have free access to LinkedIn Learning, digital workplace skills programme, Lean training and Cambridge Works programme to support managers and staff with new ways of working. The University also runs a self-match mentoring scheme which supports professional services staff to find themselves a mentor.


Professional network

ourcambridge is a staff-centric cultural change programme developed in response to staff feedback. A grassroots project, it is designed to support professional services staff to achieve their potential in support of the University’s academic mission and has brought together professional staff from across departments and colleges to contribute to the programme.

As a result, the University has a major focus on supporting and recognising professional staff by working to progress an inclusive and open working culture, establishing staff wellbeing initiatives, and hosting an annual Professional Services Recognition Awards, which is a major event in the University calendar that recognises the contribution of professional services staff.