Provost’s Public Engagement Awards 2020
Celebrating excellence in public and community engagement

Our annual awards celebrate the achievements of the projects and people whose collaborations have made a positive impact in and with communities locally, nationally and  around the globe.  

From over 40 nominations, we are delighted to announce this year’s 6 winners, along with 3 highly commended individuals.

A message from UCL President & Provost Professor Michael Arthur

It gives me genuine pleasure to congratulate the winners of the 2020 Provost’s Public Engagement Awards, who collectively exemplify the positive impact that collaboration between UCL’s research and teaching and our local and global communities can achieve.  

The value of this work is all the more important as we see communities around our campuses and across the globe where UCL research and teaching is embedded, being adversely impacted by the pandemic. These projects show that through genuine partnerships, which embody a spirit of experimentation and respond to communities’ needs, UCL can help make a tangible difference to people’s lives around the world.  

It has been a great honour to celebrate the public and community engagement carried out by UCL staff, students and their partners throughout my time as Provost. While it is regrettable that we are unable to hold an awards ceremony to highlight this year’s achievements, I encourage you to make time to learn more from our six winners and three highly commended individuals, and be inspired, as I have been, to champion this vital work.

My hope for Public and Community Engagement at UCL over the coming months and years is that their influence and expertise and their ability to work in close partnership continues to deliver impact of value to local, regional and global society.

Collaboration Award


Winner: Harlesden Town Garden Gardeners Hub

Lead partners:

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Celebrating the value of genuine collaboration and partnerships  

Experimentation Award


Winner: Beatboxing after Laryngectomy

Lead partners:

  • Dr Evangelos Himonides, Professor of Technology, Education and Music, Dept of Culture, Communication & Media, Institute of Education.
  • Shout at Cancer, the world's only charity specialised in speech training with music after laryngectomy.

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Celebrating the value of experimentation in engagement that is innovative and impactful

Respond Award


Winner: Motivation InnovATe - Developing a new model for wheelchair provision in Kenya

Lead partners:

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Celebrating the value of inclusive and responsive engagement

Community Award


Winner: Family Action

Project: Embedding MIRRA in FamilyConnect: enabling care leavers to exercise their information rights

Key partners:

  •  Family Action, a national charity providing practical, emotional and financial support to families.
  •  The MIRRA Project, UCL Dept of Information Studies, led by Prof Elizabeth Shepherd (P-I) & Dr Elizabeth Lomas (Co-I)
  •  Care Leavers’ Association, a national user-led charity improving the lives of care leavers

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Celebrating the integral role of community partners in research engagement

Find Your Voice Award


Winner: Dr. Alexandra Bulat, School of Slavonic and East European Studies (PhD student, 2016-2020).

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Celebrating achievements in public engagement of early career researchers

Institutional Leadership Award


Winner: Professor Sarah Bell, Professor of Environmental Engineering, Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources / Director of the Engineering Exchange.

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Celebrating outstanding leadership and contribution to improving community-university engagement and partnerships

Highly Commended

In addition to award winners, we would like to highlight the work of nominees who were highly commended by our panel of judges:

Dr Joanna Morrison, Senior Research Associate, Institute for Global Health.
The Jeevan Shakti Mela, Festival for lifeforce.

Dieter Deswarte, Senior Teaching Fellow, Ethnographic and Documentary Film (Practical) MA, Dept of Anthropology.
Collaborative filmmaking project in partnership with Casa Miga, a shelter for LGBTQ+ refugees in Manaus, Brazil.

Thomas Callan Riley, PhD student, The Bartlett School of Architecture  
Pushing Boarders - Talking. Skateboarding.

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Read the full list of nominations (PDF). 

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