Provost's Awards for Public Engagement

The Provost's Awards for Public Engagement once again recognised the fantastic work that UCL's staff and students are doing to open up what happens at UCL, creating two-way conversations with the public.

This was the third year that the prizes have been awarded, reflecting commitment to public engagement from across UCL's disciplines.

Clare Elwell, winner of the 2011 academic/research staff (grade 8 or above) award, receiving her prize from the President and Provost, Professor Malcolm Grant

The winner in the senior staff category is Professor Clare Elwell, Department of Medical Physics and Bioengineering. Clare has made a phenomenal impact on the public engagement activities within her research field and in the UCL Department of Medical Physics & Bioengineering. She coordinates departmental public engagement events, seeking out potential opportunities for engagement and matching volunteers among departmental staff and students to events. Thanks to her infectious enthusiasm and motivation, volunteers are easy to come by, and Clare has also been responsible for developing appropriate PE training.

The panel was impressed with the change Clare has brought about in the culture of her department with respect to public engagement. The guidance on public engagement that Clare has provided to individuals in her department, faculty and school has been invaluable, and Clare’s ability to connect with a vast range of audiences has been an excellent example to her colleagues.

Karin Charles, winner of the 2011 support staff award, receiving her prize from the President and Provost, Professor Malcolm Grant

Karin Charles, Department of Scandinavian Studies (SELCS), is the winner of the prize for support staff. Karin is departmental coordinator in the Scandinavian Studies department.  Karin was nominated for going far beyond the call of duty in various public engagement activities possible in her department. She has acted as administrative coordinator, designer of evaluation mechanisms, finance manager, logistical problem-solver, mentor to postgraduates, and has even presented one of the department’s activities at a national conference on public engagement.

Karin has not only shown an outstanding commitment to public engagement, but also to evaluating her department’s engagement activities in a meaningful way.  The central role that Karin has taken in her department’s public engagement activities is impressive, and she is clearly an ambassador for public engagement among her colleagues in Scandinavian Studies and beyond.

Steve Gray, winner of the 2011 academic/research staff (grade 6 or 7) award, receiving his prize from the President and Provost, Professor Malcolm Grant

The winner in the junior staff category is Steven Gray, from UCL's Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA). Steve is a software researcher and developer with a focus on social media, web based mapping and ubiquitous computing. Steve’s work on several projects across CASA, the Centre for Digital Humanities, and beyond, has centred on providing the public with software that gives them greater control over creating maps, surveys and museum interpretation.  He is also one of the instigators of the excellent Global Lab Podcast alongside his colleague Martin Zaltz Austwick.

The selection panel was impressed with Steve’s leadership of, and commitment to, several really innovative projects.  It was clear that Steve’s understanding of the needs of people outside UCL, not to mention his own high standards of work, are central to the success of the projects he has been involved in, and that he has been a fantastic example to colleagues at UCL.

Claire Ross, winner of the 2011 student award, receiving her prize from the President and Provost, Professor Malcolm Grant

Claire Ross, a PhD student in the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities, has won the prize in the student category.  Claire was nominated for engaging museum visitors with collections at UCL and beyond, using innovative, digital methods and social media applications.  This subject is not just her PhD but her passion.

The panel was impressed with Claire’s innovative approach to public engagement and the way that her activities have empowered the public to influence work taking place in our museums and beyond. Claire has been a standard-bearer for public engagement among her colleagues, above and beyond the activities expected of a PhD student.

Each year, the UCL Public Engagement Unit awards a prize to the Head of Department who has shown the strongest commitment to culture change, with respect to public engagement, in the last year.

Joe Cain, winner of the 2011 head of department award, receiving his prize from the President and Provost, Professor Malcolm Grant

This year, the Head of Department prize is awarded to Dr Joe Cain, Head of UCL Science and Technology Studies. Not only is Joe a tireless communicator of research, working with enthusiastic and devoted audiences, but he has also been a figurehead in his department, building on the great work done by his predecessor. The Public Engagement Unit are thrilled to take this opportunity to reward Joe for his work to ensure the department’s central role in public engagement at UCL.

The high standard of work shown by all our winners reflects an incredibly impressive set of nominees. We would like to congratulate and thank all our nominees for their work.

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