Brain Sciences


Congratulations to Brain Science graduates who joined our first-ever virtual graduation

10 December 2020

In a ceremony unlike any before, roughly 1,500 students graduated from the Faculty of Brain Sciences this week.

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Our virtual graduation ceremonies, which commenced on 7th December and took place over the course of four days, celebrated the hard work and achievements of graduates from across every Institute and Division from within the Faculty.

These included nearly 1,500 graduates from the Ear Institute, Institute of Ophthalmology, Division of Psychiatry, Queen Square Institute of Neurology, Institute of Prion Diseases, and Undergraduate and Postgraduate students from Psychology and Language Sciences. More than 200 faculty staff were on hand to participate and offer graduates their well wishes.

In his video message to graduates the Faculty’s Dean, Professor Alan Thompson, said: “On behalf of everyone in the Faculty, I’d like to say a huge congratulations to each and every one of you for all your hard work. You should be immensely proud of everything that you’ve achieved during your time here at UCL and I hope you will take away many happy memories.

“This ceremony marks an exciting transition point, as you have now become graduates of one of the world’s top universities, and are about to enter the next chapter of your lives. I hope that your degree will offer you many opportunities for future growth and success.”

Professor Thompson also touched upon the “resilience” and “adaptability” shown by all graduates during the pandemic. “Your determination to succeed at your studies has proven your readiness to take on the next exciting challenge in your lives. Whether that’s entering the world of work or furthering your studies, as a graduate of UCL you are well-equipped with the learnings and skills to be key players in addressing and solving some of the most complex problems of our time,” he added.  

In a pre-recorded video, Alumnus Nicholas Begley, currently Co-Founder of Psychological Technologies (PsyT Ltd) spoke to graduates about taking the next step in their career. Mr Begley who studied a BSc Physics (2002) chose to retrain at UCL and went on to complete an MSc Cognitive & Decision Sciences (2013).

“Congratulations on achieving this wonderful milestone. Take some time to really appreciate it before you move forward and I wish you a wonderful career and life ahead,” said Mr Begley.