Spotlight on... Stephanie Limuaco
19 September 2019
We catch up with Stephanie, Campaigns Manager at UCL Communications & Marketing. Steph shares some exciting initiatives she’s been working on, including the new #MadeAtUCL campaign (don’t forget to vote for your favourite UCL story!) plus her favourite place in the Philippines.
What is your role and what does it involve?
I am a Campaigns Manager in central Communications and Marketing at UCL. My role involves university-wide communications and branding initiatives that focus on reaching external audiences. I am currently working on the recently launched #MadeAtUCL website featuring 100 of our disruptive discoveries, our public offering of events, lectures and digital content under UCL Minds, the Time Capsule, the rolling out of our Smoke-Free policy and Sustainability Strategy, and more. It’s great to be in the middle of everything that’s fantastic about UCL and have the power to help shape and share things.
How long have you been at UCL and what was your previous role?
I’ve now been at UCL for 11 fruitful months. Since graduating as an international master’s student in London, I spent the last decade in higher education as an international student recruiter for King’s College London and digital marketer for commercial education institutions. I feel I can make the most difference to the world by inspiring people of every age on the benefits of education and research.
What working achievement or initiative are you most proud of?
I started running communication campaigns when Facebook and blogging were very new and shiny channels, and promoted various things. For the first time, I am working on the most amazing content, visual and audio assets, and with the brightest colleagues with #MadeAtUCL. It involves a website with 100 stories of discoveries, a festival, a podcast series, a public vote, and a TEDx style event. I’m very proud to be part of this initiative, especially considering its vision of shifting public perceptions of universities as a sector. A BritainThinks research found that if people understood more about university research and its force for public good, they would be more likely to become advocates for universities.
Tell us about a project you are working on now which is top of your to-do list?
#MadeAtUCL is part of the umbrella UCL Minds – all our events and digital content open to everyone. I’m working on getting more of the wider public to access all of these at UCL. The sense of energy and excitement around all of us working together to make an impact is extraordinary.
What is your favourite album, film and novel?
Album: Santana’s Supernatural. I love Latin music.
Film: Memoirs of a Geisha – one of those films that are as good as the novel… but also all the Harry Potter movies!
Novel: Half the Yellow Sun by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
What is your favourite joke (pre-watershed)?
Just heard this: What is the opposite of stressed? Desserts!
Who would be your dream dinner guests?
My two grandmothers whom I didn’t have long to get to know better as a child.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Widen your world, find mentors, learn as much as you can as often as you can, don’t give up, and most importantly have fun!
What would it surprise people to know about you?
I speak four languages and have lived in five countries
What is your favourite place?
Home – the Philippines, particularly the beautiful crystal blue beaches, the freshest seafood and white sands of Boracay. I tell all my friends to visit – now is the best time to go!