Olympics: the student and staff view

Mike Sainsbury on the transport logistics behind London 2012

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Sydney Olympic volunteers installation

I am a Human Resources Project Officer in the UCL Human Resources Policy and Planning team.

It seems like ages since I went for my interview for an Olympic volunteer role. It was actually February last year and November when I got told that I had been accepted as part of the Transport Workforce Operations Team at the ExCel.

Valerie Hazan on leading a security team

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Valerie with the Olympic Torch

I am a Professor of Speech Sciences in UCL Speech, Hearing and Phonetic Sciences. 

I’ve watched the Olympics since I was a kid so as soon as I heard that London had been successful with its bid, I was determined to be part of the Games.

Mary Wykes on brightening up the commute

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Mary Wykes with her mobility team

I work in the Division of Psychology & Language Sciences at UCL. I volunteered during the Olympics as a mobility team member based at the main stadium. I assisted less able spectators from the buggy stops to their seats, which was often quite a distance.

Gill Gregory on the merits of 'high-fiving'

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Gill and Wenlock

I am the PA to UCL’s Vice Provost (Operations) and I volunteered for two weeks at the Eton Dorney Olympics venue.

Daniella Afeltra on having a lakeside view at Eton Dorney

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Daniella Afeltra

Daniella Afeltra, a third year student at the UCL Institute of Archaeology, talks about her exciting role at the London 2012 Olympic Rowing Regatta.

Professor Ian Needleman on the jaws of victory

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Professor Ian Needleman with Olympic Torch

I was fortunate enough to be based in the Athletes Village during the 2012 Olympic Games. 

I led a study, on behalf of a team from the Eastman Dental Institute, to investigate the oral health of elite athletes and the impact of oral health on training and performance. The study was conducted with the London 2012 Polyclinic Dental team, led by Professor Fortune from Bart’s and the London NHS Trust.

UCL's student torchbearers

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UCL torch bearers

Three UCL students are carrying the torch on 22 July. Listen to this special edition of the UCL Student Podcast, featuring all three of the UCL torchbearers.

My life as a UCL elite athlete, part 3

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In her final instalment UCL Law alumna Abigail Irozuru describes the challenges of battling for an Olympic squad place.

My life as a UCL elite athlete, part 2

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UCL Law student Abigail Irozuru describes the challenges and rewards of being a UCL Elite Athlete.

Defeat versus Success

Who stole my milk?

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A project developed by MA students from UCL Institute of Archaeology in collaboration

with the Geffrye Museum to highlight and document the student home. The exhibition at the Geffrye will run 15 May - 9 September, 2012.

Rowing for Gold

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Rowers on the Thames

Three UCL students row in the elite crew of the University of London Boat Club. This crew pulls the top rowers from the 19 University of London colleges. 

My life as a UCL elite athlete, part 1

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UCL Law student Abigail Irozuru describes the challenges and rewards of being a UCL Elite Athlete.

Being a student-athlete

The day I tried paralympic sports

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Paralympic sports taster day - UCL volunteer

UCL's Be A Champion Ambassador, Eleanor Tezise, talks about a paralympic sports taster day with local school children in Camden

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