Professional Services


Leadership Award for Outstanding Contribution

Selected by the Chief Operating Officer

The nominees for the Leadership Award for Outstanding contribution were nominated by their teams and individuals with the winners selected by Fiona Ryland, UCL Chief Operating Officer.

Although the nominations were not specific to the current pandemic, both winners have shown outstanding leadership in the way they have guided their colleagues and departments over the many hurdles thrown up by coronavirus, to the benefit of UCL and our staff and students.

Winner: Denise Long

Director of Student Support and Wellbeing

Denise has a clear, inspiring vision for supporting students, and is always working hard and finding new ways to make sure they have the best possible university experience. She embodies the concept of "One UCL", sees the bigger picture and how we can all work together to achieve UCL's aims. Denise is generous with her time, incredibly thoughtful and considerate of others' views, and one of the kindest people I've ever met and been lucky enough to work with. And I'm not alone - I regularly hear other colleagues saying "Denise does the most amazing job", and I've heard this more and more during the coronavirus pandemic.


Winner: Dr Fiona Strawbridge

Head of Digital Education

Dr Fiona Strawbridge has provided UCL with expert, consultative, and considerate leadership across an exceptionally diverse array of Connected Learning projects, being a key factor in its success with online teaching during the Covid-19 pandemic. Her team are beyond grateful for her efforts and what she has done to empower their extensive and often very challenging work.