UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology


Faculty of Brain Sciences Communication Excellence awards

7 July 2016

We are delighted to announce the success of UCL Institute of Neurology staff in the Communication Excellence awards at the UCL Faculty of Brain Sciences' first-ever ‘Communication is Key’ event on 29th June 2016.

The theme of the event was ‘Reaching Your Audience Online,’ and it was open to staff from all areas across the Faculty, from research to Professional Services. By demonstrating best practice and giving practical advice, the event aimed to empower Faculty staff to use new and innovative communication methods to deliver their key messages and connect with audiences.

The event opened with a series of talks by Professor Sophie Scott (ICN), Ben Stevens (UCL Communications and Marketing (CAM)) and Laura Hewison (CAM), to discuss the importance of social media, web content and video respectively, in promoting UCL and the Faculty and connecting with audiences. Kate Faxen (Faculty of Brain Sciences) and Clare Kennedy (UCL Digital Presence) provided an additional update on UCL’s new CMS project.

After a break, the event continued with three workshops: ‘Writing Great Web Content’ by Clare Kennedy; ‘Planning Your Video Project’ by Laura Hewison and Neil Roberts (Ear Institute); and ‘How to Reach Your Audience Using Social Media’ by Professor Sophie Scott and Matt Cole (PALS). These workshops aimed to give hands-on advice to staff looking to increase their web communication skills.

Communication excellence awards

The day finished with an awards ceremony to recognise and celebrate Faculty staff who have demonstrated best communications practice. Awards and certificates were presented by Geoff Dunk, Faculty Manager. The categories, nominees and winners were:


Winner: Dr Andi Skilton (Institute of Ophthalmology (IoO)) for his work on Retina Day 2015, a free one-day event organised between IoO and NIHR Moorfields Biomedical Research Centre, for patients with inherited retinal diseases to meet with clinicians, charities and researchers, and learn more about ongoing research.

Also nominated: Dr Elodie Chabrol (UCL Institute of Neurology) for Pint of Science France and Dr Katrina Scior (Centre for Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Research (CIDDR)) for the report ‘Intellectual Disabilities: Raising Awareness and Combating Stigma – A Global Review.’


Winner: Helen Devine and Dr Rickie Patani (UCL Institute of Neurology) for their new YouTube channel ‘Lab Life.’ The vlogs on their channel follow the research and day-to-day practice of the Patani Stem Cell Lab.

Also nominated: Dr Jake Fairnie (PaLS) for videos produced for PaLS including the recent ICN@20 film.

Social media/web:

Winner: Sarah Lawson (UCL Institute of Neurology) for her work to migrate the IoN website to Indigo, and her excellent use of social media to promote the Institute.

Also nominated: Matt Cole (PALS) for his work on PALS’s social media presence and Dr Hugo Spiers (Experimental Psychology) for promoting dementia research via Twitter and other media.

Thank you to all of our speakers and those who helped organised the day. The Faculty plans to make ‘Communications is Key’ an annual event and feedback suggests that many Faculty members would love to learn more about new and innovative ways to communicate to key audiences.

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