Brain Sciences


Faculty of Brain Sciences celebrates 2023 Sustainability Award winners

14 July 2023

Congratulations to all of our Faculty staff for their contributions to championing sustainability, which were celebrated at UCL’s annual Sustainability Awards.

Sustainability Awards

The annual Sustainability Awards recognise students, staff and researchers who have been making change possible at UCL and beyond. This year, the hybrid awards ceremony took place on 12 July. 

The Faculty of Brain Sciences received tremendous recognition for committment to sustainability. The Sustainable Impact Award was given to student Daisy Li (PALS) on behalf of the Student Zero Food Waste Project. As part of this scheme, she collects unused food from various UCL catering outlets and redistributes to local food banks.

The PALS Green Team were recognised as one of three winners in the Outstanding Sustainability Award category. This team continues to lead the way on sustainability at UCL. Not only have they maintained their pledge to be ‘Powered by Plants’, kept their PALS No-Fly Zone Initiative, but this year also saw the successful introduction of a new module titled ‘The Psychology of Climate Change' which will equip PALS students with knowledge and skills on how to engage with threats posed to their careers by climate change.

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 – Gold:

  • Ear Institute
  • Dementia Research Centre (UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology)
  • Division of Psychiatry
  • Institute of Ophthalmology
  • Institute of Ophthalmology Library
  • Division of Psychology and Language Sciences
  • Queen Square Library (UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology)
  • UCL Language & Speech Science Library
  • UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology Admin

LEAF Awards for Sustainable Laboratories – Gold:

  • Ear Institute Labs
  • Institute of Ophthalmology Labs
  • Psychology and Language Sciences LEAF Lab
  • Department of Neurodegenerative Diseases (UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology)
  • Department of Neuromuscular Diseases (UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology)
  • Department of Clinical & Experimental Epilepsy (UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology)
  • Department of Clinical and Movement Neuroscience (UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology)
  • NMD-Cruciform Building (UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology)
  • Brain Repair and Rehabilitation - Spinal Repair Unit (UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology)
  • UK Dementia Research Institute (UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology)
  • Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging (UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology)

Professor Alan Thompson, Dean of the Faculty of Brain Sciences, said: "The Faculty’s performance at this year’s awards has been truly outstanding. Huge congratulations to everyone for their hard work and commitment to supporting sustainable practices and initiatives. It is really impressive that our Faculty continues to lead the way in creating change and building a sustainable future at UCL and beyond."