Governance and compliance


Professor Helen Roberts (since 2019)

Helen Roberts
Helen Roberts is Professor of Child Health Research. She was educated/trained in the universities of Reading, Aix-Marseille, Sussex and the Social Statistics Research Unit, (now in UCL). She spent a decade in the third sector heading up R&D with the children's charity Barnardo's, a similar period on the board of NICE, and spent a period seconded to a government department working on a green paper on the family. Her career ranges from a visiting fellowship to All Souls Oxford to teaching for the WEA and in FE, Her research interests include the translation of research evidence into policy and practice across health, education and social care; inequalities in health (and what can be done about them) and the voice and legitimacy of patients and citizens. Her current research include sustainability issues and children with mental health problems admitted to general paediatric wards. Internationally she has served on the Health Advisory Council and the Science Advisory Council with the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research in Canada.

The majority of her teaching and learning activities involve working with doctoral students and postdocs. As someone who benefitted from state education and a grant to go to university at a time when a couple of university teachers could buy a house within walking distance of UCL, she believes that strengthening career opportunities and work/life balance of early and mid-career colleagues is vital to UCL’s future.

As a long-term feminist, she has a keen interest in equalities issues.

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