Communication is Key 2018
20 June 2018
UCL Faculty of Brain Sciences held its third annual Communication is Key event on Thursday 14th June 2018 at Chandler House.
The event was organised by the Faculty communications team: Kate Faxen (Faculty Communications and Marketing Manager) and Therese Johns (Faculty Communications Officer) and attracted around 65 attendees from across the Faculty.
Brain Sciences is still the only Faculty at UCL to hold an annual communications event.
The afternoon began with an introduction by Kate Faxen. The keynote speaker was Dr Hannah Devlin, Science correspondent on the Guardian, who spoke about the relationship between scientists and the media.
UCL Media Relations Managers Henry Killworth and Chris Lane then showcased the Faculty's recent appearances in national and international media, demonstrating how impactful the Faculty's research is on a global scale.
Attendees then attended two focus sessions, from a selection designed to empower them with new communications skills and knowledge:
- Social media for intermediate users: Therese Johns (Faculty of Brain Sciences)
- Technical writing: Dr Sunny Bains (UCL Engineering)
- Facilitating public engagement: Cassie Hugill (Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging)
- The essentials of writing a comms plan: Helen Khan (NIHR Moorfields BRC)
- Expert event planning: Hayley Simpson (UCL SRM) and Candice Lewis (UCL Neuroscience Domain)
Communications Excellence Awards
During the event the Faculty also held its third annual Communications Excellence Awards. These Awards recognise and celebrate exceptional comms work and success in the Faculty, with an emphasis on highlighting the contributions of colleagues who don't necessarily have "communications" in their job titles.
The Awards were presented by Collette Lux (Director, UCL Communications and Marketing). The award categories and nominees were as follows:
Comms targeted at staff:
- Division of Psychiatry social team: WINNER
- BRR department, IoN
- Lynn Haddon, Queen Square Brain Bank
Comms targeted at students:
- IoN Education Team: WINNER
- Jacqueline Casey, IoN
- Jake Fairnie, PALS
Comms targeted at the public:
- Kailey Nolan, Created Out of Mind: WINNER
- Cassie Terry, Institute of Prion Diseases
- David Blundred, IoN
- Tammaryn Lashley, IoN
- Victoria Fleming, IoN
- 'Ways to Evaluate: Nominal Group Technique' film team
Thank you to our speakers (above) and the following volunteers:
- Jake Fairnie
- Annora Thoeng
- Sarah Lawson
- Susie Sandford-Smith
The event has received very positive and helpful feedback from attendees, which will shape future communications events in the Faculty.
"Brilliantly designed and very well organised"
"Thanks for another great event."
- All photos by Jake Fairnie