Spotlight on Kimberley Freeman
7 August 2012
This week the spotlight is on Kimberley Freeman, Public Engagement Co-ordinator, UCL Museums and Collections.
What is your role and what does it involve?
I am one of
three public engagement co-ordinators here at UCL. We each have different specialties;
I support the School of Life and Medical Sciences, but also work to promote
online engagement across the whole of UCL.
My role includes funding and facilitating public engagement projects, encouraging networking, brokering relationships with public organisations, training and mentoring and providing advice. It also involves rewarding and recognising public engagement and influencing university strategies to cultivate a culture within UCL where public engagement is a valued and embedded activity.
If you are interested in finding new ways to connect your work with members of the public, communities and organisations outside academia, please get in touch.
How long have you been at UCL and what was your previous role?
Before starting at UCL in November last year, I was the public engagement and publications co-ordinator at the Royal College of Pathologists. I worked on several projects, including their National Pathology Week campaign.
What working achievement or initiative are you most proud of?
Online engagement is something that I really care about, and being able to advise people on how to get the most from online communication tools has been really rewarding.
What is your life like outside UCL?
Before working in public engagement, I was an archaeologist and I still spend some of my free time volunteering on excavations and in museums. I collect vintage plastic jewellery, and spend quite a lot of my time at vintage fairs and in antique shops. I also love old sci-fi movies; in fact, if anyone knows where I can get a Region 2 copy of Dr X (1932) on DVD, please get in touch!