UCL staff and students recognised for public engagement

2 February 2011

PE Awards

UCL staff and students have been recognised for their Public Engagement work.

Malcolm Grant, UCL President and Provost, presented the annual Provost’s Public Engagement awards to members of the UCL community who have shown innovative and interesting ways to share their work with public audiences.

Hilary Jackson (UCL Public Engagement Unit) explained: “The awards have once again been a fantastic opportunity to applaud the public work of UCL staff and students. It was a real pleasure to hear the Provost and Professor Worton speak so warmly about the activities not just of our excellent winners, but also of increasing numbers of staff and students across UCL.”

“We rarely have the opportunity to thank the people who have got involved with public engagement throughout the year and it was great to recognise their hard work in this way.”

Dr Steve Cross, Head of Public Engagement at UCL, commented: “We received an impressive set of nominations, reflecting not only the amazing effort that UCL staff and students put in to working with the public, but also telling some fascinating stories about the mutual benefits gained by UCL staff and students and the people they work with outside UCL. The panel was given a difficult choice, and the winners they selected really have made an outstanding contribution in this field.”

The full list of winners

Marina Chang (UCL Development Planning Unit) – Student Engager of the Year 2010

Marina was nominated for this spring’s Food Junctions project. Food Junctions brought together over 150 UCL students and staff from 27 departments to deliver a large number of events to a local audience in the King’s Cross area.

Kath Woolf (UCL Medical Education) – Academic Staff Engager of the Year 2010

Together with colleagues Luci Etheridge and Jayne Kavanagh, Dr Woolf led the Reel Health Stories project, which asked local people to share their experiences of healthcare through a short film entered into a competition. 

Subhadra Das (UCL Museums & Collections) – Support Staff Engager of the Year 2010

Received her award for developing UCL’s cultural property policy in an innovative way and for creating the Disposal? project. Disposal? enabled individuals from outside UCL to have a direct say in how museums approach disposal of objects at UCL and beyond.

Robert Adam (UCL Deafness, Cognition and Learning Research Centre) – Research staff Engager of the Year 2010

This prize was awarded in recognition of the way Robert has developed his public engagement work, building on early successes to roll out a national programme of engagement between deaf communities and researchers. 

UCL Scandinavian Studies – Most improved Public Engagement 2010

Received a prize for being the department that has shown the greatest change in culture with respect to public engagement in the last year. The department has brought public engagement to the heart of its mission, building on its long tradition of engaging with communities.

For more information on the winners and their respective projects, please visit the link at the top of the page.

Image: Subhadra Das receives her Support Staff Engager of the Year award (Gemma Moore)


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