Amalia Mihailescu

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What I do 
Amalia Student Adviser

Hi, I’m Amalia. I am one of the Student Advisers for The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment and I am here for you as a key point of contact during the first year of your undergraduate studies. I support the following programmes: 

  • BSc Architecture
  • BSc Architecture and Interdisciplinary Studies
  • BSc/ MEng Sustainable Built Environments, Energy and Resources
  • BSc Urban Planning, Design and Management

I am available to discuss any wellbeing, support, and student experience matters. 

Contact me via askUCL

Book an appointment


Working within the Student Support and Wellbeing team, I will be hosting a range of events and activities during term time to support your Social bonding, Skills for life and Wellbeing at university. Explore the workshops and activities you can join throughout the academic year listed below, then click the event hyperlink to reserve your place. 

Term 1: September 25th - December 15th 2023
YOur Guide to thrive - Quiz night - 21st November @ 17:00

Join us on Tuesday night to celebrate your progress so far at UCL and test your general knowledge in our big Bartlett quiz! Great prizes are involved, and some food and drinks will also be provided. 

Your Guide to Thrive - ACC workshop - 23rd November @ 11:00

The UCL Academic Communication Centre supports students of all language backgrounds and levels of study to develop their academic literacy and communication skills. Kerry-Jo Reilly will be running this session where you can learn more about academic writing, tips for when writing feels most difficult, essay writing, exam skills, getting support and feedback on your drafts. 

Guide to thrive - Motivation and Time Management - 24th November @ 10:00

Motivation and time management are intrinsically linked and therefore we can’t talk about one without mentioning the other. In this session, we will be looking at a few questions around motivation and time management, starting with: What is motivation? What are the barriers to motivation? What does time management have to do with motivation? 

Term 2: January 8th - March 22nd 2024

In this two-hour class, B-MADE technician Alice Foxen will talk you through making pottery and give you tips for creating your piece. You don't need any experience doing pottery - all are welcome! Please make sure you wear old clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. Some materials will be provided. This class will take place at the B-MADE workshop at 22 Gordon Street.

Beat the January BluesImposter Syndrome ONLINE – 25TH January 2024, 14:00-14:50

In this online session, you will be learning more about imposter syndrome, the different types in which it manifests, and the learned behaviour that leads to self-doubt and questioning the validity of your achievements.

Beat the January BluesMindfulness workshop ONLINE – 26th January 2024, 13:00-13:50

In this online session, Student Advisers Pani Fanai-Danesh and Kristina Labanauskaite will explore practical steps we can take that prevent spiralling thoughts and learn coping techniques that will help us stay centred when negativity takes over. We will focus on self-nurturing, speaking to ourselves with love, true appreciation and self-compassion.

Exam Season Toolkit - Board gameS afternoon - 6th March, 14:00-17:00, M2 School of Pharmacy

Join us for an afternoon of fun, games and relaxation to support your wellbeing leading up to the main assessment period. Take a break from studying and drop by to show us your unbeatable chess strategy, your balancing Jenga act or your Lego building skills. Your Student Advisers will be waiting for you with a great collection of board games, some snacks and drinks for you to enjoy.

Please note, this is a drop-in session so you will not need a ticket to attend. However, please register your interest on this page to give us an idea of how many students are planning to come. 

Exam Season Toolkit - Wellbeing Pulse Check - 12th March, 12:00-14:00, 22 Gordon Street Reception

In the leadup to University Mental Health Day, your Student Advisers will be on campus to see how you’ve been doing so far and if there is any support you might need. They will be at the 22 Gordon Street reception and will be waiting for you with chocolates, goodie bags and lots of useful advice on student support. Please do pop in to have a chat! 

Exam Season Toolkit - Assessment Prep Workshop - 18th March, 14:00-15:00, online event

Join the Bartlett Student Adviser team for a short online workshop on different strategies you can use to deal with assessment stress and learn about the support services that are available to you during the main assessment period.

Stress affects all of us in different ways, and there are many things we can do to alleviate it. In this short workshop, the Bartlett Student Advisers will outline different tools available to help deal with stress, including time management strategies, tips on keeping motivated, and relaxation techniques.

This event is open to all Bartlett students and will take place on MS Teams. You will be sent a MS Teams link in advance of the session. Please note, this is a drop in session so you will not need a ticket to attend. However, please register your interest on this page to give us idea of how many people are planning to come. 

Term 3: April 22nd - June 7th 2024

Come and join us for a fusion of stretch and salsa dancing to relax and move your body. 

We will start with a warm-up to loosen you up and then will learn some salsa basic steps. We will then finish with a relaxing stretching session to elongate your muscles and make you feel refreshed and renewed.

Open to all levels, moving to upbeat Latin music is a brilliant way to destress and release those endorphins!

This event is open to all Bartlett students and will be taking place at 169 Euston Road, Ground Floor Meeting Room. To sign up for this class, please register here

Who am I?

About Amalia

What was your experience of further or higher education like? 

I really enjoyed my time in higher education. I studied at five universities across three countries and loved interacting with different educational systems, cultures and languages. I made friends for life, from all over the world, and learned and experienced things I would never have imagined I could until I started university.  

Who or what made the biggest positive impact on you when you were studying? And how did they support you? 

There were so many people who had a great impact on me, it’s hard to choose! I do remember having a great relationship with my professor of Italian, who understood my learning style, was always there to answer any questions I had and pushed me to be the best version of myself. They also helped me get into UCL for my postgraduate studies.  

What working achievements or initiatives are you most proud of? 

One of the most recent achievements I’m very proud of is running a week-long Widening Participation Summer School online, for 300 students, across 16 subjects. It was a great challenge for me and my team, but it was infinitely rewarding to see the positive impact it had on participants. 

If you could tell your younger self one thing, what would it be? 

I would probably tell my younger self to focus more on getting the most out of the learning experience and less on results. If you enjoy what you’re studying, that will be reflected on your marks as well.  

What would surprise people to know about you? 

As a teenager, I used to ride motorcycles competitively. I was even a junior national champion in my country! Strangely enough, I don’t currently have a driving licence, but am still a big fan of the sport.