The Bartlett


Bartlett staff recognised at 2021 Summer One UCL Awards

7 September 2021

Group of UCL staff standing on stairs at main UCL campus, holding glass awards

The One UCL Awards recognise, celebrate, and reward your colleagues Professional Services and Academic colleagues who have demonstrated outstanding performance in their roles, contributing to the success of UCL.

We are pleased to announce the winners and finalists of this year's One UCL Awards from The Bartlett, UCL's Faculty of the Built Environment:

Personal Excellence Award

Thea Heintz, winner

Teaching and Learning Manager at The Bartlett School of Architecture 

Thea has demonstrated collegiate generosity, care, and dedication way beyond her job description over a long sustained number of years. 

She is the "Gold Standard" for everyone in Professional Service, yet is incredibly modest of taking any credit for the superb work she does. 

Thea is a mentor and a selfless facilitator to everyone within the architecture school. As such, everyone respects and loves Thea Heintz.

Outstanding Team Contribution to Achieving Our Mission

B-made (Bartlett Manufacturing and Design Exchange), finalist

B-made dissolves boundaries between the world of professional services, teaching, research, enterprise, and enabling – pioneering many novel initiatives in the last 10 years. 

And the way in which it responded to the pandemic so that programs could continue without access to their core physical facilities was exceptional. Shifting online, B-made created a Connected Learning Portal resulting in 100's of new pages of learning content.

The team's coherent, insightful and strategic plan to become online further exposed its resourcefulness and diversity of talents. 

Community Spirit Award 

Donatus Onyido, finalist

Security for The Bartlett School of Architecture

The best way to represent Don’s nomination is to quote the submission:

“Donatus is one of UCL's most legendary figures and is the Gate Keeper of our Bartlett School front desk. He greets people, receives messages and parcels, and is responsible for both the security of our building and for the sanity of our minds.

He provides that sense of belonging and community spirit so rare these days. He is our vigilant Guardian Angel, our Boss and Big Brother – the strict housemaster whom we are all terrified to upset, and the one whose love and support we all long for.

Don is the rock and anchor of our school community. An example of loyalty, trust, wisdom, care, ethics, humour and efficiency, and an endless supporter of each different individual personality. He an example for all of us.”

Outstanding Contribution to Staff Experience

Donatus Onyido, winner

Security for the Bartlett School of Architecture

Don Onyido has been the school's security guard for almost 20 years. Throughout that time he has for most been the first face they see in the morning, and the last they see in the evening. 

Whilst fulfilling the core tasks of his role with immense diligence and professionalism – much of which is tough and arduous – Don manages to maintain an almost universal mood of optimism, friendliness, and generosity. 

Don has an extraordinary memory for the names and faces of staff and students, with an equal gift for key expressions in multiple languages. He is an exemplary human being and an inspiring figurehead for standards on how to conduct ourselves every day.    

Leadership Award for Outstanding Contribution

Lisa Fernand, winner

Departmental Manager of the Bartlett School of Planning

Lisa has been instrumental in effecting positive change directly through her own expertise and dedication, and indirectly by encouraging, inspiring, and developing her administrative team. 

By remaining flexible and resilient, and developing excellence in staff through trust and support, Lisa has been key in the success of the department through both ordinary and extraordinary times. Her ability to innovate and her understanding of staff and student needs brings robust, long-term solutions to the challenges a teaching department faces. 

She truly listens and offers advice and understanding readily, authentically, and without judgment. Everyone in our team benefits from her compassion, support, and guidance.

See this summer's winners and finalists

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