UCL Grand Challenges


Removing Boundaries Team


Mutsa Mhende (they/them)

Removing Boundaries Research Associate

MA Sociology, School of Social Sciences, Nottingham Trent University; independent interdisciplinary activist/scholar, researching Black British History and Black cultural arts archives in the Midlands; currently Research Assistant role on Stay Green Project, Warwick University


Ciaran McDonald (he/him)

Removing Boundaries Research Associate

MSc Politics of the Middle East at SOAS, University of London; in addition to UCL role, also working as a Visiting Lecturer at City, University of London, teaching social research methods, and as a Research Assistant at LSE on the 2020-24 Socioeconomics of Islamist Radicalisation in the West (SOCIR) project


Niccola Hutchinson-Pascal (she/her)

Head of the Co-Production Collective, UCL Engagement

Niccola has worked for a wide variety of organisations across health, well-being and physical activity, from charities, to government related bodies, to large agencies. All of these roles have had a focus on culture change and involved her working closely with the public, patients and local community members. She is passionate about co-production, about all parties communicating on a level playing field, sharing power and decision making and about ensuring organisations are aware of the value gained from this way of working.


Ian Scott (he/him)

Director of Grand Challenges & Cross-Disciplinary Development

BSc (Hons) Biochemistry (University of Liverpool, 1976); PhD Skeletal muscle mitochondrial calcium metabolism (University of Bristol, 1981); Postdoc research, Calcium in neurotransmission (Universities of Dundee and Helsinki, Abo Akademi, 1981-85); MRC Developmental Neurobiology Unit, 1985-87; Wellcome Trust programme management, 1987-2008; Grand Challenges programme, UCL Office of Vice-Provost Research / Research Innovation & Global Engagement, 2009-2022