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Case Study | University of Cambridge

Posted on February 2022

University of Cambridge building on a sunny day

​Delivering a skilled professional for a specialist requirement.

Due to an increasing workload in research finance, the University of Cambridge required experienced support that would embed quickly and immediately add value at this busy period.


  • An interim Grade 7 Research Finance Assistant to support their growing workload

  • Retain a supplier with sector expertise who would understand the key elements of their recruitment approach and fulfil the requirement efficiently to ease departmental pressure

  • Gaining access to a talent pool of candidates with EU horizon grant experience


  • As an education specialist, we focused our search on candidates with post-award knowledge to refine the skills match

  • Our shortlisted candidates prepared statements of experience with financial reporting on EU Horizon 2020 grants for our client to review

  • To ensure a prompt outcome, we created a short recruitment timeline, utilising our team approach to deliver accurate and efficient candidate shortlisting


  • Created and presented a shortlist o the client within 48 hours

  • Both candidates matched the criteria and were invited to interview; the successful candidate was appointed within 24 hours

  • The successful candidate was active in the role six working days after the requirement was placed with us; their ability to hit the ground running relieved pressure immediately on the client’s department

“Venn Group are a specialist supplier in my area of need. They understood my requirement extremely well and offered fantastic support.”

Lisa Christie, Operations Manager