DPU's Kamna Patel and Nick Anim receive awards at UCL's first annual Inclusion Awards
20 February 2020
Congratulations to DPU lecturer Kamna Patel and DPU PhD candidate Nick Anim whose incredible work was recognised at UCL's first annual Inclusion Awards. Of eighty nominations across UCL, Kamna and Nick received two of a total of four awards.
The UCL Inclusion Awards was established as a way of recognising the work or contributions that individuals or teams make to progressing or improving equality, diversity or inclusion practice. UCL’s Inaugural Inclusion Awards night took place on Wednesday 12 February 2020 and saw a large number of UCL staff and students celebrating the fantastic equity, diversity and inclusion work taking place across UCL.
Kamna Patel received the 'Sir Stephen Wall award: Inspiring Role Model' which was given after four shortlisted nominees were considered by a panel of peers. This award recognises a person who has taken the opportunity to engage with staff, speaking openly about their personal experiences in a visible forum that encourages and champions diversity and inclusion in a way that new and existing staff can relate to.
Kamna was nominated by Christoph Lidner and Sian Lunt at The Bartlett Faculty, who stated that "Kamna was appointed as the first Vice Dean for EDI at UCL and immediately started to have an impact as a leader on EDI. Kamna adds to every discussion by helping us to understand some of the unseen effects of decisions we are taking and exposing the institutional norms that are excluding others from opportunity. Her voice is powerful and respected.”
Nick Anim was awarded the Challenge Consultancy Award for Race Equality. This was a special category award, sponsored by Challenge Consultancy and awarded by the UCL Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Team. The aim of this award was to recognise an inspiring student who has demonstrated a strong commitment to culture change and tackling race inequality, in the last two years.
Nick first came to the EDI team's radar when he ran some workshops on how to develop more subjective and participatory indicators for the institution's race equality action plan. Participants of the workshop were so engaged that it partly led to teh formation of the 'racematters' staff group. Nick then translated his EDI work into teaching activity that has benefited around 50 PGT students on the theme of rethinking approaches to monitoring and evaluation.