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UCL East appoints new Pro-Provost

19 May 2022

Professor Paola Lettieri (UCL Chemical Engineering) has been appointed the first Pro-Provost of UCL East in recognition of her leadership and contributions to the university's long-term development ambitions, culminating in the launch of the new UCL East campus.

Dr Paola Lettieri

Professor Lettieri is currently Director of UCL East and takes up her new role with immediate effect, after having been involved in the development of the campus since 2014. She became Academic Director UCL East in 2016 and was appointed Director in 2020.

Throughout that time, Professor Lettieri has overseen all aspects of the new campus on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford in east London, from the buildings’ design to academic planning and governance, operations, public engagement and working with stakeholders.

UCL is a founding partner of the East Bank project, an education, culture and innovation district created as a legacy of the London 2012 Olympics. Professor Lettieri also represents the university to the Mayor of London’s office, the London Borough of Newham and other East Bank partners including the V&A, BBC, Sadler’s Wells and UAL: London College of Fashion.

UCL President and Provost Dr Michael Spence said: “As Director, Paola has provided tremendous leadership to keep all the strands of this huge and complex project on track for successful delivery, and her new title recognises the scale and importance of her role.”

View from a distance of UCL East campus on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in sunshine, showing One Pool Street just beyond the London Aquatics Centre on the left and, across the river, Marshgate just beyond the ArcellorMittal Orbit.

UCL East will begin opening this autumn with the completion of One Pool Street. The facility will be home to multidisciplinary research labs and studios exploring ecology, robotics, AI, urbanism, culture, disability and heritage as well as a café, shop and accommodation for more than 500 students.

The university will soon be welcoming its first cohort of postgraduate students at UCL East to pursue new degrees in cutting-edge new UCL schools and centres.

The 2023/24 academic year will see the opening of the campus's second, larger facility called Marshgate, and the launch of new interdisciplinary degree programmes, as well as the first undergraduates attending courses at UCL East.

Marshgate is made up of eight floors of hi-tech, cross-disciplinary research labs, teaching areas, fabrication workshops, collaboration spaces, a library, a refectory, a prayer space, a café and an expanded Institute of Making.

UCL East is the biggest development in UCL’s nearly 200-year history, giving the university the scale and space needed to tackle the biggest challenges facing people and the planet.

Under Professor Lettieri's leadership, colleagues from across nine UCL faculties have come together to create a smart, connected and accessible campus that breaks down traditional academic barriers and where collaboration and cross-disciplinary working will be the norm.

Professor Lettieri has also been working closely with the London Development Corporation (LLDC), East Bank partners and the London Borough of Newham to ensure UCL East plays a key role in the social and economic transformation of east London, benefitting local communities.

Left to right: Prof Alan Thompson, Stephen Timms MP for East Ham, Prof Paola Lettieri on an upper level of the Marshgate construction site at the UCL East campus looking out across the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

In collaboration with UCL Pro-Provost for London Professor Alan Thompson, Professor Lettieri has ensured that the university's new campus is at the heart of UCL’s ambitions for its role and impact in the capital more widely.

Professor Paola Lettieri said: "Directing the development of the UCL East campus has been an incredibly exciting and rewarding journey; working in partnership with our Professional Services staff and so many academics from across UCL has enabled us to stretch our imagination to create a new campus of which we can all be proud. I look forward to celebrating the opening later this year and to continuing to develop UCL’s ambition for UCL East in the years to come."

Follow @UCLEast for updates and see how we are already making a difference in east London with our latest UCL East Engagement report.



  • Professor Paola Lettieri FREng - photo: UCL / James Tighe
  • UCL East campus on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – photo: UCL / Morley von Sternberg
  • (L to R) Prof Alan Thompson, Stephen Timms MP for East Ham, Professor Paola Lettieri on site at UCL East’s Marshgate building in March 2022 – photo: UCL / James Tighe