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UCL student wins £1,000 Student Barometer Prize

30 July 2015

Congratulations to Felipe Lanuza Rilling, PhD student in architecture at the UCL Bartlett who has won the £1,000 Student Barometer cash prize.

UCL student Felipe Lanuza Rilling wins £1,000 Student Barometer Prize

Felipe was one of the many UCL students who completed the Student Barometer, an institution-wide survey that gathers feedback on the student experience at UCL.

As a thank-you for taking part, i-graduate, the independent research agency that runs the survey, offered all participants the opportunity to win a £1,000 cash prize.

Key moment

Speaking about what this win means to him, Felipe said: "The prize comes in a key moment for me. I am in the last stages of my PhD, when funding is nearly over and money matters more than ever. So winning this money is a bit of a relief for me and my family. When I first heard about my win I thought it was a scam, but after asking a few key people within UCL to verify the email wasn't a scam, I realised it was true, so I was a bit shocked."

Felipe added, "I would encourage every student to fill in the Barometer, and to do it seriously. It is a moment of reflection on how are things going for you as a student and how they can be improved.

"The assessment you give through filling the form is comprehensive and I think is key for the university to take actions to improve your learning and research experience. I've been at UCL since 2011 and I have noticed feedback has had an impact, for example in the extension of library opening hours. Answering the Barometer benefits you directly, even in surprising ways if you are lucky enough!"

What is the Student Barometer?

Through the survey all UCL students are asked to answer a wide range of questions relating to your time at the university including accommodation, facilities on campus and your experiences with academic and support services.

Your participation in the survey and the feedback you give, provides valuable information to enable UCL to enhance the overall university experience for you and your fellow students, as well as that of future students.

Rebecca Allen, Office of the Vice-Provost (Education and Student Affairs) said: " I would like to extend a warm thank you to all of you who took the time to complete the survey and share your thoughts with us."

Student Experience Data Manager, Office of the Vice-Provost (Education and Student Affairs)