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Working Culture at the DRC


At the UCL Dementia Research Centre (DRC), we aim to provide a work and research space that is built upon acceptance, courtesy, respect, equality, and appreciation. We have a diverse team, and we celebrate those differences within our team.


DRC Environmental Policy

The DRC is continually working toward improving its environmental sustainability by using less, re-using more, and recycling where possible. We are committed to UCL’s Sustainability Policy and currently hold a Gold Green Impact award.

Current Green Team Initiatives:

  • Reducing biosample medical waste used within our research and clinical trials.
  • Ditching single-use water bottles and coffee cups, and supplying filtered water.
  • Providing dairy milk alternatives for staff and participants.
  • Collaborating with the wider UCL Institute of Neurology to promote sustainability.
  • Providing greenery in the department.
  • Sustainability event during the summer.

Future goals:

  • Organise a craft club for staff, teaching sustainable skills like clothing repair and construction using unconventional materials.
  • Work closely with other teams in the DRC to identify interventions to improve sustainability.
  • Provide plant care and propagation sessions for staff.

DRC Green Impact Gold Award logo

Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion

The DRC works closely with the Equality, Diversity & Inclusion committee at the Institute of Neurology, and the LGBTQ+ equity committee at the Faculty of Brain Sciences. We echo the committee’s stance toward providing dignity for staff, students, and visitors at the DRC and continue to identify areas of celebration and improvement.

Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) Workforce

The DRC champions PPIE and are actively involved in ensuring that our research is not only ‘to’, ‘about’ or ‘for’ the public, but rather is also carried out ‘with’ and ‘by’ members of the public. Our workforce has monthly meetings as a space to help integrate PPIE in current and upcoming research projects, allow for collaborations across the DRC, and discussions on future implementations.

Early Career Researcher Forum

We have initiated an Early Career Researcher (ECR) forum at the DRC. We provide peer support, collaboration, and connection for those who identify as Early Career Researchers. This includes workshops, talks and social events.

    Building Knowledge and Networks

    Members of the DRCcommunity frequently look for opportunities to building knolwedge, networks, and collaborations within the department, within UCL, and within the broader scientific community. Examples include:

    • Thursday Lunchtime Meetings. Every Thursday, a hybrid meeting is held at the DRC and via Microsoft Teams to bring the department together to hear from both internal and external speakers on a range of topics such as, PhD upgrade talks, latest reserach in different areas of dementia, quaterly all-staff meetings, annual fire safety talks, and progress for the Rare Dementia Support Centre
    • CMIC - DRC Journal Club. A weekly journal club is held jointly between the DRC and the UCL Centre for Medical Image Computing (CMIC). Each week, a journal article is identified and discussed in detail amongst the attendees. 

    DRC Social Committee

    To foster strong social connections within the DRC, our social committee has organised events to continually build relationships with those at the DRC. Some of our past events include:

    • a scavenger hunt around Bloomsbury;
    • bowling and karaoke; 
    • a departmental dinner and pub quiz; and
    • a sports day in Regent's Park.

    Work & Study Here

    Please click here or use the headings at the top of the page to learn more about opportunities to work and study at the DRC.