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LCCOS colleagues win UCL Education Awards

16 June 2023

UCL Art Museum, Bloomsbury Theatre and UCL Library Special Collections win Education Awards.

UCL front quad and Portico building in spring

The contribution of staff from Library, Culture, Collections and Open Science (LCCOS) has been recognised at the UCL Education Awards 2023.

Category of Openness and Inclusion (runners up)

Dr Andrea Fredericksen, Curator, UCL Art Collections.

Andrea was nominated for her work embedding UCL’s art collections across different disciplines for over a decade. Last year, she supported 30 student projects and 90 sessions benefitting 855 students. Most recently, she worked with colleagues across UCL to promote multi-lingualism. The co-curated museum showcase Not Just Words (2023) resonates with UCL’s and London’s international community and is creating a community of practice at UCL around innovation in language learning and promoting multi-lingualism.

Dr Elettra Carbone, School of European Languages, Culture and Society (SELCS) said:

‘Andrea’s expertise helped me think outside the box. Not Just Words demonstrates how she inspires students, colleagues and entire departments to find their own approach to collections’ teaching and learning’.

The exhibition will reopen at the start of next academic year on 26 September 2023 with new languages joining the showcase. The team will continue to run activities with schools in UCL Art Museum throughout the summer months alongside collections-based work undertaken when it is closed.

Andrea is presented an Education Award by Dr Michael Spence.

Category of Openness and Inclusion (runners up)

Special Collections and Library Skills Team

  • Jo Baines, Academic Liaison Librarian/Archivist, Special Collections;
  • Erika Delbecque, Head of Rare Books, Special Collections;
  • Vanessa Freedman, Subject Liaison Librarian for Hebrew and Jewish Studies;
  • Kathryn Hannan, IOE Archivist, Special Collections;
  • Liz Lawes, Subject Liaison Librarian for Fine Art, History of Art, and Film Studies;
  • Katy Makin, UCL Archivist, Special Collections;
  • Colin Penman, Head of Records, Special Collections;
  • Dr Tabitha Tuckett, Rare Books and Academic Liaison Librarian, Special Collections.

Under the umbrella of the LCCOS Liberating the Collections Steering Group, the Special Collections and Library Skills Team have undertaken work over the past year to improve representation in collection items selected for teaching and embed inclusivity. This includes using Wikipedia to highlight the work of women in contemporary publishing, creating a new online subject guide on Black Studies and supporting a volunteer project to highlight Dante editions to which women translators and illustrators contributed.

Tabitha and Jo collect their awards.

Category of Student Partnership (winner)

Chris Hoyle, Bloomsbury Theatre Technician.

Chris supports students and staff both in the Bloomsbury Theatre, where he is vital to ensuring student performances run smoothly, and also more widely across UCL. He recently provided technical assistance to a graduate student at the Slade with their showcase piece which enabled the student to learn technical skills that you would only usually find in the theatre industry.

“Chris is a key figure for UCL event activity across campus, especially for students during Bloomsbury Theatre show weeks. His advice and support is invaluable, enabling students to learn new skills beyond their degrees and to promote a lifelong love of the arts.”

Chris Hoyle collecting his award.

UCL Education Awards

The annual Education Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of staff and students, and their contributions to the UCL learning community.
Opening the awards, UCL President and Provost, Dr Michael Spence said:

“These awards are really special, because the fact that your really busy students and colleagues are willing to make time to show their appreciation and esteem in this way shows you are all doing something really special. I’m tremendously honoured to be here to celebrate you all and to say thank you.”

Dr Paul Ayris, Pro-Vice-Provost for LCCOS said:

“The award of two firsts and a runner up spot to 3 LCCOS individuals/teams in the Education Awards is a fantastic achievement. All those so honoured should celebrate their success. The awards underline the importance of the collections which UCL holds in delivering a first class educational experience.”

UCL Education Awards 2023

Go to the Learning and Teaching news page to read about all the winners of this year’s awards.