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Alumni recognised at annual UCL Volunteering Awards

28 May 2019

UCL celebrates the vital work of volunteers at the 2019 UCL Volunteering Awards

UCL Volunteering Awards

On Wednesday 22nd of May, the UCL community came together to celebrate the transformational work of volunteers who support UCL from student recruitment right through to building our global alumni communities. 

Last year two new awards, the Alumni Volunteer of the Year and Alumni Group of the Year Awards, were established to celebrate the outstanding efforts of our alumni volunteers. 

This year’s award winners are:

Alumni Volunteer of the Year 

Usha Back (BPharm 1997, PhD Pharmacy 2002)

Having taken a different career pathway herself, Usha is passionate about opening up student’s minds to the alternative careers available. After graduating from her Masters in Pharmacy, Usha has gone onto to pursue a career pharmaceutical financial consulting. Usha saw a gap in students’ education after making the leap from pharmacy to finance. That’s how she began lecturing within the School of Pharmacy on drug commercialisation.   

Due to popular demand, in 2017 Usha worked with UCL staff to turn her lectures into three half-day workshops. She has gone on to provide mentoring and support to students during their PhD’s.

Usha has continued to support the School of Pharmacy widening participation efforts and we are thrilled to acknowledge her contributions through the award of Alumni Volunteer of the Year.

Usha commented on the award saying: “I have gained so much through UCL and the School of Pharmacy. Volunteering is my way of saying thank you and giving back, not only to the students but also to the professors and lecturers.

“I think it was so wonderful just to be nominated for the award so the fact that I won is just icing on the cake."

Usha Back | UCL Alumni Volunteering Awards

Alumni Volunteer of the Year Award winner Usha Back. 


Shortlisted alumni volunteers include:

  • Aamir Delawalla (BSc Information Management for Business 2016)
  • Luna Irshaid Al Taher (BEng Engineering with Business Finance 2011, MSc Project & Enterprise Management 2012)

Alumni Volunteer Network / Group of the Year

UCL Mexican Association

Since establishing in 2013, the UCL Mexican Association have supported UCL and the alumni within Mexico with a wide range of events and activities from student recruitment and support to alumni networking. 

The association have collaborated extensively with UCL Student Recruitment to support the various recruitment fairs and activities. Every year the alumni group run a sister event to coincide with the student society forum which is held simultaneously at UCL and in Mexico.

The group is committed to advancing the mission of UCL and building communities of both current students and alumni.  

We are immensely proud of the UCL Mexican Alumni Association and delighted we are able to celebrate their wonderful work. 

"It is a great honour that our association has won this year's Alumni Volunteer Network of the Year. It renews our commitment to building a strong, sustainable, and transformational alumni community in Mexico," commented William Jensen, Chair of the Association on winning the award.  

Shortlisted alumni volunteer networks include:

  • The BME Alumni Network
  • UCL Netherlands Alumni Group
BME Alumni Network - Natalie Clue & Hajera Begum

BME Alumni Network Secretary Hajera Begum and Chair Natalie Clue


Supporting UCL’s philanthropic campaign

Alumni volunteers work in support of UCL’s It’s All Academic Campaign, which aims to raise £600 million and 250,000 volunteer hours. The invaluable work of our alumni volunteers support’s areas including alumni and community engagement, mentoring, Campaign support and improving UCL student’s experience. 

We are very grateful to alumni who give their time and skills to support the UCL community and whose efforts contribute to the success of the It’s All Academic Campaign. 

Join the Alumni Online Community to find out about the latest volunteering opportunities. Find out where your local alumni community is here.