Professional Services


Ways of Working: Personal Excellence Award

Recognising commitment, outstanding service and integrity

The nominees for the Ways of Working: Personal Excellence Award have been nominated for their commitment, outstanding service and integrity.

The winners and finalists of this category have gone out of their way to champion inclusivity, to support students, and to lead their team in providing cross-institutional support through UCL through the coronavirus outbreak. 

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Winner: David Blundred

Education Manager, Brain Sciences

Photo of David Blundred

David has been leading the Queen Square Institute of Neurology's Education Team for six years. He is compassionate, communicative and has inspired the trust and respect of his team.

David demonstrates outstanding leadership in particular in light of the coronavirus outbreak. He has supported the community by seconding his team where they are most needed and in roles that provide opportunities for career development.

Together the team have supported the growth of prospective UCL students, 10 MSc programmes and some 500 PGT/R students annually. In addition to supporting and developing his team, David has himself volunteered with Central UCL Professional Services.

Winner: Elizabeth Read

Departmental Manager, Mathematics & Physical Sciences 

Elizabeth Read

Elizabeth has been Departmental Manager in Chemistry for many years, providing transformative support in both financial management and staff development. Despite carrying a huge workload, she always finds time to help and support colleagues from both in the Department and from across UCL.

Elizabeth is a champion of inclusivity and played a pivotal role in the Departments Athena-Swan submission. She has set up a support scheme for UCL colleagues working at Harwell, and served on a number of UCL committees including Technicians Management, Finance Strategy, MyHR and Transforming our Professional Services (TOPS). She prioritises finding solutions collaboratively and is always approachable and ready to help.

Finalist: Aeesha Bhaiyat

GDI Hub Centre Adminstrator, Faculty of Engineering Sciences 

Aeesha is the Administrator for the GDI Hub Centre that is delivering a gowing research portfolio with a new team, in a new building, with a new master's course. The team have nominated Aeesha and say that none of their success would be possible without her hard work adaptability, resilience, kindness and intelligence.

Aeesha goes above and beyond to help manage the team’s collective wellbeing as well as ensuring their processes are efficient and accessible. Aeesha is focussed on helping our students - ensuring what is a tricky building is as accessible as possible – which is reflected in consistently positive student feedback. .