Provost's Awards for Public Engagement

The 4th Annual Provost's Awards for Public Engagement took place on 30th January 2013. The Provost's Awards for Public Engagement recognise 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. We would like to congratulate and thank all our nominees for their work.

Public Engager of the Year: Student


Deborah Padfield, a PhD student in the Slade School of Fine Art, has won the prize in the student category. Deborah was nominated for her work with patients who experience facial pain, using visual images to influence the dialogue between patients, clinicians and researchers.
Deborah is currently away presenting her work at a conference in India, but she was represented at the awards ceremony by her PhD supervisors Sharon Morris and Professor Joanna Zakrzewska.

Public Engager of the Year: Support Staff


Charlotte Frearson, UCL Institute of Archaeology, is the winner of the prize for support staff. Charlotte has played a major role in the development of public engagement activities in the Institute of Archaeology. Among other activities, she has played a leading role in developing and organising many public aspects of the Institute’s 75th Anniversary celebrations in 2012.

Public Engager of the Year: Academic/Research staff grade 6 or 7


The winner in this category is Hannah Fry, from UCL's Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA). Hannah was nominated for her broad portfolio of public engagement activities (including schools outreach, public lecturing, café scientifique, stand up, broadcasting, podcasting and charity work) which sit at the core of her practice as an academic.

Public Engager of the Year: Academic/Research staff grade 8+

This year, the panel decided to award two prizes in this category.


Dr Sara Mole, MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology. Sara has been involved in public engagement activities for a long time, but was put forward particularly for her innovative and thoughtful approach in involving families in an international conference on a rare and terminal neurodegenerative disorder, Batten Disease. The panel felt that Sara's two-way approach was exceptional, particularly in lab-based research.


Professor Sophie Scott, UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience. Sophie was nominated for her participation and leadership in a range of public engagement activities, from stand-up comedy to the Royal Society’s Summer Science Exhibition. Sophie is a figurehead for public engagement and has worked hard to empower colleagues to participate.

Leadership Prize


In addition to the individual prizes, chosen by a panel of UCL staff, the Public Engagement Unit selects the institutional leader who has shown the strongest commitment to culture change, with respect to public engagement, in the last year. This year, the prize is awarded to Professor Judith Stephenson, Margaret Pyke Professor of Sexual and Reproductive Health, UCL and Programme Director for Women’s Health, UCL Partners.The Public Engagement Unit are thrilled to take this opportunity to reward Judith for her work to ensure public engagement is central to the School of Life and Medical Science’s mission.

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