The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction


BSSC student awarded Faculty Medal Prize

16 July 2021

The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction student, Renée Etokakpan has been awarded The Bartlett Faculty Medal Prize for 2020/21.

Renee Etokakpan

The award is made each year to one distinguished undergraduate student per faculty, in recognition of overall academic performance and how this has developed over the period of study; contributions to the programme of study and School and contributions to the wider UCL community. Also taken into consideration are any other achievements such as academic prizes, publications and volunteering activities that differentiate the candidate from the rest of his or her cohort.  

Renée’s award citation which will be read by the Dean in this year’s graduation ceremony says: “Renée has demonstrated an outstanding academic performance and a dedication to fostering a stronger academic community. Having served as a Transition Mentor, Senior Transition Mentor, Student Ambassador, Student Representative, and on a UCL Changemakers project, she has demonstrated a genuine interest in improving the learning environment and programme delivery at the school. Her dedication to bettering communities is also evidenced through her registered charity, Vi Editions. In 2019, she played a leading role in organising her fellow UCL students to co-find a publishing house, which aims to uplift the voices of traditionally marginalised LGBTQ+ writers. She was chosen to represent her school at the Women in Property National Student Awards 2020. Additionally, she has been recently awarded the Derwent London Prize for her outstanding dissertation on Intersectional Identity Work, which highlighted the experiences of LGBTQ+ Employees in the construction industry.”

Renée who has recently completed her BSc Project Management for Construction, said: It is honestly overwhelming to think that the three years I’ve invested at UCL and BSSC are being rewarded with such high returns. As an international student, I left everything behind (including my home and family) to work wholeheartedly and discover what the UK Construction industry has to offer. Thus far, I haven’t been disappointed, and I am extremely honoured to have my efforts celebrated so loudly by The Bartlett. My plans after graduation include focusing on my publishing house charity Vi Editions and working on PhD applications. I have loved being here and will always remember this period in my life.”