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Richard Hill

Finance AdministratorVicki Sparkes

I am responsible for:

  • Cambridge University Finance System (CUFS) – Key Contact for Oncology and CRUK Cambridge Centre matters.
  • Administration of grant applications made by departmental staff; includes X5 costing, liaising with sponsors, Research Group Leaders & other PIs, internal and external collaborators, subcontractors and Research Operations Office (ROO) to achieve deadlines and ensure the efficiency of grant application submissions.
  • Facilitate contractual procedures to confirm budgets, and to ensure execution of collaboration agreements (incoming and outgoing), Data Confidentiality Agreements, Material Transfer Agreements, Participating Site agreements and any subcontracts on research grants.
  • Management of Department of Oncology active grants within the Department; includes providing regular reports for the Research Group Leaders & other PIs, advise on spend rates and forecasts, facilitate interim and final financial reporting and reconciliation with ROO.
  • Manage Procurement processes for larger acquisitions, ensuring compliance and value through completing recommended/ required Letters of Agreement, tender invitation and evaluation processes, Service Agreements and Purchase Agreements, competitive procurement and dispensation.
  • Manage General Ledger accounts for Oncology, including all trading, donation, overhead share, chest and QR funds. Reporting financial performance and position to budget holders and management.
  • Communicating University financial procedures, ROO updates, relevant bulletins and funding opportunities throughout the department.
  • Managing internal and external audits, i.e. liaise with departmental CUFS users, auditors, funders and Compliance Office for Oncology and CRUK Cambridge Centre matters.
  • Management of the financial year-end processes, to point of HoD sign off for Oncology and CRUK Cambridge Centre matters.
  • Responding appropriately to requests for financial data and information from internal and external sources.
  • Line management of the Senior Accounts Clerk.


  • Member of the Department of Oncology Management Committee.
  • Departmental Telecommunications Liaison Officer.
  • Clinical School Computing Service – Billing Administrator.