Recognising vision, innovative practice and ownership
The nominees for the Ways of Working: Outstanding Individual Contribution to Achieving Our Mission Award have been nominated for taking ownership of their work and for showing vision and innovative practice.
The winner and finalists for this award have demonstrated vision through developing partnership, been innovative in their promotion of UCLs contribution to the coronavirus crisis and taken ownership of their role in helping young people to access university.
Winner: Emma Bryant
School Engagement Manager: Museums, UCL Culture
Emma Bryant was the initiator of the new engagement program Bio-Robotics and Animal Movement for pupils. The programmed involved UCL academics, graduate students and recent graduates working together to deliver it.
She was instrumental in helping two undergraduate students to run Science Festival at Petchey Academy last August. The festival was funded by Ogden Trust after Emma's successful grant application. She organised 77 workshops last year and had a 44% return rate of schools who had attended previously. Her work focused particularly on working with low income families to make sure their children increase chances of getting a degree.
Finalist: Dr Robert Thompson
Institute Manager, Faculty of Engineering Sciences
Robert has taken a leading role in building the Institute of Communications and Connected Systems, bringing together a community of researchers across multiple research domains. Robert serves on a number of committees beyond his direct role, including supporting the Partnership Development Community or Practice and COVID-19 advisory group.
He regularly leads multiple projects and was involved in initiating a new strategic partnership between UCL and the English National Ballet as well as setting up and leading a successful multi-partner consultancy project to review government funding.
Always ready to adapt, Robert successfully anticipated the impact of coronavirus ahead of the PIMRC international conference, redesigning it to be delivered remotely.
Finalist: Georgie Cade
Communications Manager, Faculty of Engineering Sciences
Georgie has always demonstrated creativity and perseverance when it comes to promoting the Institute of Healthcare Engineering, but she has exceeded herself in the activity following the coronavirus outbreak.
Georgie’s dedication to promoting UCL’s role in developing the CPAP breathing aid for coronavirus patients contributed to the story being one of the most impactful, widely-spread technology stories from this crisis.
She toured the manufacturing facilities with a photographer in full PPE; came up with new ways to communicate the impact of devices, including interactive digital maps and a dedicated website; and rallied colleagues across the university as 'champions' of the story, ensuring all stakeholders were included.