UCL’s annual Inclusion Awards night took place on Wednesday 13 July 2022 and saw UCL staff and students celebrating the fantastic equality, diversity and inclusion work taking place across UCL.
UCL’s annual Inclusion Awards night took place on Wednesday 13 July 2022 and saw a large number of UCL staff and students celebrating the fantastic equality, diversity and inclusion work taking place across UCL.
The Inclusion Awards are a way of highlighting people who are making a difference to equity, diversity and inclusion at UCL, and a chance to recognise what our staff and students have achieved over the academic year.
Award recipients were honoured at the ceremony, with awards presented by President and & Provost Professor Michael Spence, Femi Otitoju from Challenge Consultancy, Michael Sulu, Race Envoy, Noel Caliste, LGBTQ+ Envoy, Sara Mole, Gender Envoy and Teresa Williams, Acting Head of EDI (Operations).
The awards were sponsored by Femi Otitoju from Challenge Consultancy and Sir Stephen Wall, former Chair of UCL Council. The event was hosted by Aloma Onyemah, Director of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion. It celebrated the achievements of approximately 70 nominated colleagues, teams, and students from across the institution. Winners were announced in seven categories.
- 1. Provost’s Award for Embedding Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
This award recognises an individual’s or team’s effort to embed EDI into mainstream work through their approach and undertaking of all tasks, be it day-to-day tasks or larger projects.
Cassandra Hugill - UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, Faculty of Brain Sciences
Nominated by Cathy Price
Watch a video of Cassandra talking about her work in this area.
- 2. Sarah Guise Award for Catalyst for Change
This award recognises a person or a team doing things differently by incorporating EDI values into the way they work resulting in a positive shift in UCL culture.
Staff category: Rashmi Mathew and Christin Henein - UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, Faculty of Brain Sciences
Nominated by Michele Russell
Watch a video of Rashmi and Christin talking about their work.
Student category: Christine Madla, UCL School of Pharmacy
Nominated by Catherine Tuleu
Watch a video of Christine talking about her work in this area.
- 3. Sir Stephen Wall Award: Inspiring Role Model
This award recognises a person who has taken the opportunity to engage with staff, speaking openly about their personal experiences in a visible forum that encourages and champions diversity and inclusion in a way that our students and staff can relate to.
Staff category: Anson Mackay, Department of Geography, Faculty of Social & Historical Sciences
Nominated by Jason Dittmer
Student category: Connor Tugulu, UCL Medical School, Faculty of Medical Sciences
Nominated by Jayne Kavanagh
Unfortunately, Connor was unable to attend the awards night in person. You can watch a video about Connor’s work to find out why he won this award.
- 4. Championing LGBTQ+ Inclusion
This award recognises an individual or team’s effort to champion LGBTQ+ inclusion into mainstream work, delivering a more inclusive experience for LGBTQ+ staff and students.
Staff category: Asma Ashraf and Stephen Roberts, Institute for Global Health, Faculty of Population and Health Sciences
Nominated by Lucy Crick
Unfortunately, Stephen was unable to attend the awards night with Asma. However, you can watch a video of their work to find out how they’ve been championing LGBTQ+ Inclusion at UCL.
Student category: Javier Sanchez Bautista, Department of Neuromuscular Diseases, Faculty of Brain Sciences
Nominated by Emily Wang and Micol Falabella
- 5. Departmental Award for EDI Excellence
Two commendations were made for groups of staff for good work in their departments:
The Bartlett Promise Team:
Sarah Rolph (Bartlett Faculty Office) and Dr Emmanuel Osuteye (Development Planning) were commended for their work on the Sub-Saharan Africa Master’s Scholarship.
The following colleagues from Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies were commended for their work around creating a more inclusive learning community in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic:
Isabel Pérez Lamigueiro, Maria Chiara D’Argenio, Alejandro Bolaños García-Escribano, Diego Flores-Jaime, Macarena Jiménez Naranjo, Haydn Kirnon, Marga Navarrete, Mazal Oaknín
- 6. Staff Equality Network Member of the Year
This award recognises an individual for their voluntary contribution to a staff equality network / EDI Group, recognising impactful activities and commitment to EDI.
Nnenna Kanu, Cancer Institute, Faculty of Medical Sciences
Nominated by Kate Brooks, Kevin Litchfield and Charles Swanton
Watch a video about Nnenna and find out more about why she was awarded Staff Network Member of the Year.
- 7. The EDI Team Award for Inspirational Engagement
The EDI Team chose to honour a member of staff, on their retirement, who has contributed exceptionally to EDI, influencing senior staff and advancing outcomes for EDI communities.
Anson Mackay, Department of Geography, Faculty of Social & Historical SciencesThe EDI team members who have had the privilege to work with Anson consider him to be a fantastic role model, always working with passion and commitment. He has been at UCL for many years and his contribution has been prolific both at an institutional and departmental level. It was wonderful to present Anson with this award at an in-person ceremony, where he received a standing ovation for his contributions to EDI work at UCL.
Thank you to each of you who took the time to recognise colleagues and students by making a nomination.