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Awards and appointments

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January 2017

Professor Cheryl Thomas (UCL Faculty of Laws) has been appointed Honorary Queen’s Counsel.

Professor Thomas is Director of the UCL Jury Project and Co-Director of the UCL Judicial Institute, and is the country’s leading expert on juries and judges and pioneered the study of jury decision-making in the criminal courts in England and Wales.


July 2016

Dr Rodney Harrison (UCL Institute of Archaeology) is one of three new leadership Fellows, appointed by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), to focus on priority areas of design, heritage and modern languages.

Four academics from UCL have recently been elected as Fellows of the British Academy, in recognition of their outstanding research.

The new UCL fellows are:

Professor Robyn Carston (UCL Linguistics) Professor Susanne Kuechler (UCL Anthropology) Professor Nilli Lavie (UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience) Professor Sophie Scott (UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience) 


April 2016

Professors Polina Bayvel (UCL Electronic &Electrical Engineering), Maria Fitzgerald (UCL Neurology, Physiology & Pharmacology) & Eleanor Maguire (UCL Institute of Neurology) have been elected Fellows of the Royal Society.

Professors Arne Akbar (UCL Division of Infection & Immunity), Christopher Brewin (UCL Clinical, Educational & Health Psychology), Mark Emberton (UCL Medical Sciences) and Mala Maini (UCL Division of Infection & Immunity) have been elected to Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

Dr Christos Bergeles (UCL Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering) and Dr Alice Davidson (UCL Institute of Ophthalmology) have been awarded Springboard grants by the Academy of Medical Sciences, designed to support researchers in their first independent research position.

The outstanding achievements of three UCL researchers have been recognised by the Royal Society, the UK’s national academy of science, in this year’s Awards and Prizes announcement.

Professor Jon Agar (UCL Science & Technology Studies) Professor Jonathan Ashmore (UCL Neuroscience, Physiology & Pharmacology and UCL Ear Institute)  Dr Nick Lane (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment)

November 2015

Professor Hash Ahmed and  team (UCL Division of Surgery & Interventional Science have won the Health Service Journal (HSJ) Acute Sector Innovation award for their innovation in diagnosing and treating prostate cancer.

Professor Sir Michael Marmot (UCL Institute for Health Equity) has been awarded the Prince Mahidol Award for Public Health.

2015 Philip Leverhulme Prizes have been awarded to:

Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh (UCL Geography)


The prizes, each worth £100,000, are awarded annually by the Leverhulme Trust across a range of disciplines. 

Professor John Hardy (UCL Institute of Neurology) has been awarded the $3 million Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences for his pioneering research into the genetic causes of Alzheimer’s disease, other forms of dementia and Parkinson’s disease. 

Professor Iram Siraj (UCL Institute of Education) has won first prize for books published in 2014 from the Society for Educational Studies (SES) with her book Social Class and Educational Inequality: The impact of parents and schools

The European Society for Prevention Research (ESPR) has honoured Professor Chris Bonell and Dr Farah Jamal (UCL Institute of Education) with the President’s Award for their paper ‘Dark logic: theorising the harmful consequences of public health interventions’. 

Dr Maria Theresa Florez Petour and Dr Ann Lahiff (UCL Institute of Education) were highly commended in the Doctoral Thesis Award category in the British Education Research Association (BERA) awards for their theses on ‘Assessment reform in Chile: a contested discursive space’ and ‘Observing vocational practice: a critical investigation of the use and value of teaching observations’ respectively. 

October 2015

Professor Peter Fonagy (UCL Clinical, Educational & Health Psychology) has been awarded the British Academy’s Wiley Prize in Psychology, for lifetime achievement.

Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore (UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience) has been awarded the 2015 Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize for her research on understanding emotional and social brain development during adolescence. 

September 2015

Professor Sir Richard Blundell CBE FBA (UCL Economics), has been named one of Thomson Reuters Citation Laureates – researchers whose landmark discoveries and advances, as well as their reputation in the scientific community, make them likely winners of the Nobel Prize. 

July 2015

A team of researchers working in UCL Mental Health Sciences are joint first prize winners of the NIHR New Media Competition.

Professor Bernhard Rieger (UCL History) has been elected the recipient of a Humboldt Research Award.

Dr Ben Collen (UCL Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research) has been awarded the Zoological Society of London’s Marsh Award for Conservation Biology

The award is given to those who make a contribution to science and the application of animal species and habitat. 

Professor Chris Pickard (UCL Physics & Astronomy and London Centre for Nanotechnology) and Professor Geoff Thornton (UCL Chemistry) have been awarded medals – the Rayleigh Medal and Tabor Medal respectively – by the Institute of Physics.

June 2015

A team comprising colleagues from UCL School of Pharmacy and UCL Mechanical Engineering has won first prize in the Evonik Industries ECRP 2014 competition, based on the theme of ‘Novel technology for taste masking’. 

May 2015

Professor Michael Batty and Paul Theroux (UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis) have both been awarded Royal Medals by the Royal Geographical Society.

Professor Jeom Kee Paik (UCL Mechanical Engineering) has won the Royal Institution of Naval Architects’ (RINA) highest professional honour, the William Froude Medal

April 2015

Dr Vanessa Diaz (UCL Mechanical Engineering) has been awarded a Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship.

March 2015

Professor Aubrey Sheiham of UCL Epidemiology and Public Health will be presented with the 2015 IADR Distinguished Scientist Award for Global Oral Health Research at the forthcoming International Association for Dental Research meeting in Boston on 11 March 2015. He is the first recipient of that award. 

The award is in recognition of his significant contribution to the field of dental research.

Professor Franco Cacialli (London Centre for Nanotechnology) has been awarded a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award.

February 2015

Professor Sir Richard Blundell (UCL Economics) has been named as recipient of the 2015 Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Economics, Finance, and Management by the BBVA Foundation.

Professor Jonathan Roiser (UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience) Professor Liz Pellicano (Centre for Research into Autism Education, UCL Institute of Education)

November 2014

Professor Mark Miodowinik (UCL Mechanical Engineering) was unanimously awarded the 2014 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books for his book: Stuff Matters: The Strange Stories of the Marvellous Materials That Shape Our Man Made World.

Dr Sarah Zerbes (UCL Mathematics) Dr Alexandros Beskos (UCL Statistical Science) and Professor Ewa Paluch (UCL/MRC Laboratory for Cell and Molecular Biology) have been recognised in this year’s Philip Leverhulme Prizes

These awards recognise the achievement of researchers who have already achieved international success in the early stages of their careers. 

October 2014

Professor John O’Keefe, Director of the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits & Behaviour at UCL, has been awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain – an ‘inner GPS’ – that enables us to orient ourselves.

Dr Clare Elwell (UCL Institute of Biomedical Engineering) has been awarded the Inspirational Teaching Award, part of the Inspiration Awards for Women 2014 run by Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

The Obesity Society (TOS) recently announced Dr Rachel Batterham;(UCL Metabolism & Experimental Therapeutics) as the recipient of its 2014 Lilly Scientific Achievement Award.

August 2014

Dr Steve Cross (UCL Public Engagement) has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the British Science Association (BSA). 

The fellowships are awarded to people who have made an outstanding contribution to promoting science, or who have engaged and inspired people directly through science.

July 2014

Professor Nigel Titchener-Hooker (UCL Biochemical Engineering) has been awarded the 2014 Danckwerts award and will give the 2014 Danckwerts lecture.

Professor Polina Bayvel (UCL Electronic & Electrical Engineering) has been awarded an honorary degree from the University of South Wales.

Professor Michael Arthur (UCL President & Provost) has been awarded an honorary degree from the University of Leeds, where he was previously Vice-Chancellor.

Professor Tamar Garb (UCL History of Art) and Professor Patrick Haggard (UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience) have been made fellows of the British Academy.

June 2014

Professor Cyprian Broodbank (UCL Institute of Archaeology) has been awarded the Wolfson Foundation History Prize for his book on The Making of The Middle Sea.

John Braime (UCLU Volunteering Services Department) has won the National Student Volunteering lifetime achievement award, awarded to the staff member who has continued to make an outstanding contribution to levels and/or standards of volunteering within the HE/FE volunteering sector for a long period of time.

May 2014

Professors Sarah Tabrizi (UCL Institute of Neurology), Cathy Price (UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience), Adrienne Flanagan (UCL Cancer Institute) and Peter Fonagy (UCL Division of Psychology and Language Sciences) have been elected to Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences 

Professors Rachel McKendry and Steve Bramwell (London Centre for Nanotechnology) have been awarded Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Awards.

Professor John Tasioulas (UCL Laws) has been awarded a Radcliffe Fellowship at Harvard University.

Dr Itiel Dror (UCL Security & Crime Science) has been awarded the ABP (Association for Business Psychology) 2014 Annual Award for ‘Excellence in Training’ for his work in improving decision making and reducing bias in expert domains. 

He has also received the Chairman’s Award. The purpose of the awards is to recognise excellence in business psychology.

April 2014

Professor Gareth Williams (UCL Cancer Institute) has been elected as Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales.

February 2014

Professor John Hardy (UCL Institute of Neurology) who has been awarded the Dan David Prize for his work on the amyloid gene encoding the amyloid precursor protein (APP), which plays a key role in neurodegeneration associated with Alzheimer’s disease. This is an international award that recognises excellence.

Professor David Dobson (UCL Earth Sciences) has been elected the recipient of a Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award. This award is conferred in recognition of lifetime achievements in research.

January 2014

Professor Jonathan A Ledermann (UCL Cancer Institute) who has been awarded the Columbia Hospital for Women’s Research Award

Professor Nicola Robertson (UCL Institute for Women’s Health) who has been presented with a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award 

Professor Sir Richard Blundell (UCL Economics) was knighted in the 2014 New Year’s Honours list for services to Economics and Social Science.

List of other UCL alumni, former staff and honorary degree holders represented in this year’s New Year’s Honours list.


November 2013

Dr Michal Malecki (UCL Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment) who was awarded a Newton International Fellowship. The Fellowships are part of a government initiative to ensure that the UK engages with the world’s most promising academics.

Professor Mohan Edirisinghe (UCL Mechanical Engineering) has won a Royal Society Brian Mercer Feasibility Award for his work on Template-assisted Electrohydrodynamic Atomisation (TAEA) patterning of bioactive materials on curved metallic substrates.

Professor Helene Joffe (UCL Division of Psychology and Language Sciences) has been awarded the Lloyds of London Science of Risk prize for 2013, and was also the category winner for Behavioural Risk.

Dr Stephen Montgomery (UCL Research Department of Genetics, Evolution & Environment) has been awarded the 2013 UK Scopus Young Researcher Award for Biochemistry, Genetics & Molecular Biology. 

The awards aim to recognise and reward the talent, knowledge and expertise of young researchers in the UK in a variety of disciplines

Professor Kevin Taylor (UCL School of Pharmacy) has been appointed Chair of British Pharmacopoeia, which is responsible for setting official standards for medicines and their ingredients in the UK and many Commonwealth countries.

Professor Chris Brewin (UCL Psychology & Language Sciences) has received the Robert S. Laufer Memorial Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement, presented by the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies.

Martin John Callanan (UCL Slade School of Fine Art) has been awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize 2013 for Performing and Visual Arts. The prizes recognise the achievements of researchers at an early stage of their career.