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IOE staff members win UCL Education Awards 2021

10 June 2021

Congratulations to UCL Institute of Education (IOE) members of staff who have been recognised in the 2021 Education Awards.

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The annual Education Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of staff and students and their contributions to UCL’s learning community. A number of the IOE community received awards last year, and we’re delighted that many of our staff have again been awarded for their work.

Professor John Gray won the Provost’s Education Award for Academic Support. The Provost's Education Award recognises staff making outstanding contributions to the learning experience and success of our students. Professor Gray was chosen for his commitment to, and success in, giving students the best possible intellectual and personal experience, bringing together intellectual rigor with pedagogic and organisational talent to work towards social justice for all.

Another IOE winner was John Iona, Subject Librarian, Initial Teacher Education and Curriculum resources, who was awarded in the category of Outstanding Response to Teaching or Support During the Pandemic. John’s work in developing online resources at all levels from induction to specialist support has been a major benefit to the staff and students of the IOE in this period. He has received overwhelmingly positive feedback on his work from members of IOE. His outward-looking, proactive, and positive approach has helped to ensure that teaching and research activities at the Institute of Education have been underpinned by strong and timely library skills support during this incredibly challenging year.

Other Library colleagues based in the IOE Library also received awards as part of the Library Skills Team, which won the team award for Outstanding Response to Teaching or Support During the Pandemic.

The Education Awards also include the Student Choice Awards, which give students the chance to thank members of staff who have inspired and supported them during their time at UCL, letting these staff members know that their hard work makes a difference.

Angela Cooper, Teaching Fellow at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE) was again awarded for Excellent Personal Tutoring, having won the award in 2020. Her nominee noted: “Angela has gone over and beyond and has spent so much generous time and effort on her students.”

Dr Ana Pellicer-Sánchez, Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics and TESOL at the IOE, was a finalist in the same category, recognised for “car[ing] deeply about her students, pushing them to succeed while offering an exceptional level of support.”

Ilyas Azouzi (CLIE) also picked up a Student Choice award for Brilliant Research-Based Education. Ilyas is a Postgraduate Teaching Assistant at UCL, where he is also completing a PhD in History looking at architecture and postcolonialism.

Also recognised was Dr Kirrily Pells, Associate Professor of Childhood in the IOE’s Social Research Institute and Programme Leader for the Sociology of Childhood and Children’s Rights MA. Her nominee wrote “She is more than a lecturer, she goes above and beyond to ensure each student, and staff member, is comfortable, happy, stress- and worry-free.”

The UCL Education Awards 2021 were announced on 9 June 2021. View a full list of award winners and finalists.

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