UCL Faculty of Arts & Humanities


Meet the Education Team

Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen

Jakob is Vice Dean Education for UCL Arts & Humanities. In this role, he is responsible for developing the Faculty strategy across different areas of the education portfolio (undergraduate and postgraduate taught) and is collaborating with UCL and Faculty Education Leads on all ongoing and new academic and student initiatives.

As funding director of the Centre for Humanities Education, Jakob is promoting innovation in all areas of education across our disciplines and programmes. Get in touch with Jakob to discuss ideas for education projects that could be supported by the Centre.

Ben Fowler

Ben is the Director of Education & Student Experience for UCL Arts & Humanities, heading the Faculty’s Education and Student Experience Team.
As Director of Education & Student Experience, Ben is the professional Faculty Office lead responsible for all aspects of education, student experience, and student affairs. This ranges from strategy, policy, academic regulations, and enhancement, to quality assurance, student number planning, admissions oversight, and student casework and pastoral care. As such, Ben is the formal chair of the Faculty Education Committee as well as the Chair of the Faculty Board of Examiners.

Jesper Hansen

Jesper is the Arena Faculty Lead for UCL Arts & Humanities. In this role, he works closely with the education leads in the Faculty to enhance the student experience. In recent years, he has worked in partnership with a range of Arts and Humanities students on Faculty ChangeMakers projects, ensuring autonomy and voice to students interested in shaping the future of education in the faculty.

Jesper's current research focuses on representation of non-normative gender and sexuality. It initially focused on language teaching but has since broadened out to other types of teaching as well. A concrete resource that tutors might find useful is the toolkit 'Recognising and including LGBTQ+ identities in language teaching' which is available online.

Abbi Shaw

Abbi is the Faculty Learning Technology Lead for Arts & Humanities, and has been since the role was created in July 2020. Prior to this, Abbi worked at St. Mary's University, Twickenham for several years as a Learning Technologist, having started there in 2017 as a Library Advisor. Abbi has a long history of balancing being extremely online alongside being terribly bookish, recently completed an MA Education: Leading Innovation and Change, and is developing a specialist research interest in the perception and integration of Digital Education Specialists in UK Higher Education.