Brain Sciences


Faculty of Brain Sciences celebrates 2021 Sustainability Award winners

19 July 2021

Congratulations to all of our Faculty staff for their achievements in creating a fair and sustainable future, which were celebrated at UCL’s annual Sustainability Awards.

UCL Ear Institute rooftop garden

The awards highlight the achievements of staff and students across UCL who are making a real contribution to the university’s sustainability agenda.

A team in the Ear Institute were highly commended in the Sustainability Impact Award category for their sustainable roof top garden. Graham Nevill (Senior Technician), Steve Terry (Research Fellow) and their garden helpers at the Ear Institute created the garden as a place for relaxation and recreation (aptly named ‘It’s good up Ear’!)

Sustainable features include planters made from discarded wood pallets, rainwater diverted to use for watering, and insect-friendly planting to encourage wildlife.

The Faculty also performed extremely well in UCL’s Green Impact and LEAF programmes, designed to make offices and labs more sustainable, achieving the following awards:

Green Impact Office Awards – Silver: 

  • UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology (Green Square Admin)
  • Queen Square Library 
  • Institute of Ophthalmology Library

Green Impact Office Awards – Gold: 

  • Dementia Research Centre at the UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology
  • UCL Institute of Ophthalmology 
  • UCL Psychology and Language Sciences (PALS Green Team)

LEAF Awards for Sustainable Laboratories – Bronze:

  • Department of Clinical and Movement Neuroscience
  • Institute of Prion Diseases, MRC Prion Unit at UCL
  • UCL Ear Institute
  • Department of Neuroinflammation at Wakefield Street

LEAF Awards for Sustainable Laboratories – Silver:

  • UK Dementia Research Institute at UCL
  • Clinical and Experimental Epilepsy Labs
  • Department of Neurodegenerative Disease

LEAF Awards for Sustainable Laboratories – Gold:

  • PALS LEAF Lab - UCL Psychology and Language Sciences 
  • IoO Labs - UCL Institute of Ophthalmology 
  • Department of Neuromuscular Diseases
  • Neuromuscular Diseases – Cruciform Building

Faculty Dean Professor Alan Thompson said:

“I’d like to congratulate everyone across the Faculty for their incredible achievements in creating a sustainable future. It is hugely inspiring to see our staff’s level of commitment to improving our environmental impact and the innovative ideas they have come up with.”