The Library and Information Science team is delighted to announce that Simon Cloudesley (MA, 2019) has been awarded the CILIP Student of the Year prize for 2020. Simon shares the prize with Elizabeth Carney from the University of Strathclyde. In his nomination, Simon was commended for his excellent results in the MA in Librarianship course, where he additionally received the Cowley prize, which is awarded to two distinguished candidates on the MA course. Of particular note was his dissertation which interviewed Oxford residents to explore the role that information literacy plays in supporting citizenship. Simon was also commended for his incredible work volunteering with and raising funds for the ECHO refugee library in Greece. Simon was awarded Dean’s Funding from UCL to finance his trip to Greece in 2018, where he spent time working to provide books and educational opportunities to refugees in Greece’s refugee camps. Simon was a part-time student at UCL, and he works at the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford. We couldn’t be more thrilled for this recognition of his hard work! For more information on the ECHO refugee library, please visit their webpage (www.echo-greece.org) or their ongoing donations page (www.chuffed.org/project/echorefugeelibrary).
We are also particularly excited because Simon’s award marks the third UCL student to be awarded this prize in three years; we have achieved an amazing hat-trick! the LIS programme could now be seen as officially more successful than the England men’s football team… We are delighted that Simon has joined Lucy Royle (Kings College), who was awarded the CILIP Student of the Year prize in 2019, and Eve Burman Lacey (Newnham College, Cambridge), who was awarded the inaugural Student of the Year prize in 2018. UCL’s success can be seen as linked to the hard work of the students themselves, who bring passion and dedication to their studies, as well as to the high quality of the LIS teaching team- well done to everyone involved!
CILIP announcement: https://www.cilip.org.uk/news/news.asp?id=511555