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Institute nominations for 'Women at UCL: Presence and Absence' project

1 April 2016

Institute staff nominated for 'Women at UCL: Presence and Absence' project

A number of Institute staff were nominated for the 'Women at UCL: Presence and Absence' project which marked International Women's Day 2016.

Women at UCL: Presence and Absence’ was created to celebrate and recognise women at UCL who inspire those they work with and profiled women from across the UCL community.

UCL staff and students were asked to nominate a woman at UCL who had influenced them – either by inspiring or encouraging, or helping them to think differently about their work or study.

International Women's Day

A panel, made up of representatives from UCL’s equality groups, selected a shortlist of 24 inspirational women (from a pool of over 200 excellent nominees) who featured in the related exhibition, which ran from 7-31 March.

Congratulations are given to Leah Acheson Roberts, Beverley Butler, Elizabeth Graham, Louise Martin, Judy Medrington and Ulrike Sommer who were nominated as part of this project, making up the majority of the nominations from the Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences.

Leah was nominated as she:

  • ....is an inspiration to students and professors alike. She is wonderfully approachable inside and outside of class. I aspire to her level of academic excellence and kindness. All those who interact with Leah find themselves to be more confident and better informed. Leah is the kind of person and academic I want to be.

According to Beverley's nominator:

  • Beverley has introduced anthropology, feminism and postcolonial theory, seeing cultural heritage not as a finite product that needs to be preserved, but as a space of constant change and enquiry. In a department dominated by males, she has been inspirational for students in academic fields which are professionally dominated by women.”

Elizabeth was nominated as she:

  • "....upholds the ethos of UCL, as a research university that supports their students and includes their students in this research community. As a woman she exudes confidence and therefore instils confidence and self-worth to all around her.”

According to Louise's nominator:

  • What I appreciate most about Louise is her warm empathy. She works closely alongside me in solving problems with my thesis, understanding the difficulties and finding a practical way through them. Louise remains a warm, funny and approachable person, an inspiring and refreshing example to students both female and male.

Judy was nominated as she:

  • "....always makes time to deal with any problem large or small and she is solidly in the student’s corner. Personally, she provided a positive role model and encouragement from when I arrived as a mature student with a young family. She is at least partially responsible for giving me the confidence to continue into Post-Doctoral research projects.

According to Ulrike's nominator:

  • Ulrike is a very intelligent, communicative and passionate lecturer, as well as a very kind and caring person, and to me she is a great example of how a woman can be a role model in academia in a very non-antagonistic, non-competitive way. She gave me a lot!

As well as profiling the shortlisted academics, researchers, students and professional support staff, the 'Women at UCL: Presence and Absence' exhibition also included artwork by Kristina Clackson-Bonnington which explored the history of women at UCL.