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This team is responsible for the oversight, progress and facilitation of strategic initiatives prioritised in the UCL Education Strategy, through working with staff, innovation, data and insights.

Please note: Due to Covid-19 mitigation, we are all currently working from home and can be contacted by MS Teams (for UCL colleagues only) or email. 


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Megan Gerrie

Director of Education Projects and Planning

Emailm.gerrie@ucl.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 6513 (internal: 56513)

I am responsible for the progress of the programme of strategic initiatives that will enable us to deliver the commitments made in our Education Strategy. 

I work in close collaboration with OVPESA colleagues, staff and departments across UCL to facilitate informed change and project progress.  

I worked at City, University of London and at a number of institutions as an independent consultant before moving to UCL.

Contact me about

  • The UCL education strategy and related strategic projects

I work Monday-Thursday.


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Leigh Kilpert 

Head of Strategic Engagement

Email: l.kilpert@ucl.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 65073 (internal: 56507)

I oversee strategic engagement at UCL and manage a portfolio of projects that will support the delivery of our Education Strategy. 

I am responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with UCL departments, institutes and centres, and managing the follow-up activity to UCL’s Annual Student Experience Review (ASER) in particular. 

I also lead on OVPESA’s obligations to UCL’s Internal Quality Review (IQR) process.

I joined UCL in 2013 and have worked for the Institute of Ophthalmology, the GOS Institute of Child Health, and Institute for Global Health.

Contact me about

  • Annual Education Enhancement engagement
  • Annual Student Experience Review 
  • Internal Quality Review

I work from home on Mondays.


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Rebecca Allen

Head of Data and Insight (Education)

Email: r.allen@ucl.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 6508 (internal: 56508)

Rebecca Allen is currently on a secondment.

As Head of Data and Insight for Education, I analyse, visualise and report on data related to education and the student experience at UCL.

This includes taught student award and progression data, attainment data, student experience and student surveys, strategic education metrics and other education-related projects. These help to inform decision-making, policy and strategy development, and aim to empower faculties and departments to make better decisions based on reliable data.

I am also co-lead of UCL’s Data and Insight Community of Practice.

Contact me about

  • ASER data, student experience data such as surveys, faculty strategic education packs, attainment gap data 
  • Advice about running surveys and analysing survey data
  • Data visualisation in Tableau 
  • The Data and Insight Community of Practice

I work from home on Wednesdays.


Bettina Baumann
Bettina Baumann

Data and Insight Analyst

Emailb.baumann@ucl.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 6506 (internal: 56506)

I manage the various institution-wide student surveys, including:

I analyse and report on the results and provide guidance on good survey practice. 

This information is used to inform the enhancement of the student experience at UCL and feeds into policy and strategy development.

Contact me about

  • If you want help accessing your department/faculty results for any of the institution-wide surveys listed above. 
  • If you would like to run an institution-wide survey different to the ones above.


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Dr Erin Dyer Saxon

Projects Administration Manager

Email: e.saxon@ucl.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 6514 (internal: 56514)

I contribute to project coordination and general administration to support the delivery of our Education Strategy.

I am responsible for maintaining relationships with relevant UCL departments, institutes and centres, UCL and sector research, monitoring project timelines and budgets, developing reporting and evaluation mechanisms, and maintaining sets of data and other records which support projects.

I joined UCL in 2018 and have worked in the Institute for Global Health and Institute of Education. Previously I worked at the University of Denver and Endicott College in the United States and Trinity College Dublin in Ireland.

Contact me about

  • General information on our team’s strategic projects.

I work from home on Tuesdays. 


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Christopher Cullen

Project Manager - Laidlaw Research and Leadership Programme

Email: christopher.cullen@ucl.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 6512 (internal: 56512)

I work on a variety of education-related projects on behalf of the Office of the Vice-Provost (Education and Student Affairs).  

I manage the Laidlaw Research and Leadership Programme at UCL. The Academic Director is Dr Ruth Siddall.

Other projects I've been involved in include:

  • The Postgraduate Taught Review
  • The 2015 Graduate Support Scheme
  • Various teaching space related initiatives including reviews of electronic timetabling software and new teaching space furniture.

Contact me about

I work Monday to Thursday. Email is usually the best method to contact me initially.


Dr Clare Bentall
Dr Clare Bentall

Academic Director, Global Citizenship Programme

Email: c.bentall@ucl.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 7612 6916 (internal: 06916)

I provide academic leadership for UCL's Global Citizenship Programme and promote Global Citizenship across UCL's activities. 

I am a Lecturer in Education in UCL Institute of Education and Associate Director of the Institute of Education's Development Education Research Centre (DERC), which carries out research into Global Citizenship.  

I'm also editor of the International Journal of Development Education and Global Learning, which features research into Global Citizenship from around the world.

Contact me about


Viki Burnage
Viki Burnage

Introductory Programme Manager

Email: v.burnage@ucl.ac.uk

I work as a consultant to UCL, managing the development of the UCL Introductory Programme - a programme of study and orientation for students to undertake prior to their arrival at UCL.

Prior to becoming a consultant, I worked as the Head of Academic Support Projects in the VP Education office. Projects included the Introductory Programme and Personal Tutoring.  

Before joining UCL, I worked as Head of Curriculum Management in the Science Faculty at the Open University.

Contact me about

I work two days a week but check my emails daily, so email is the best way of getting in touch.


Louise Powell

Programme Administration Manager

Email: l.pollock@ucl.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 6539 (internal: 6539)

I currently manage two programmes which sit within the OVPESA.  Firstly, the Global Citizenship Programme (GCP), which brings together students from across UCL to explore global challenges.

I also work alongside the Introductory Programme Manager, Viki Burnage, to deliver The UCL Introductory Programme. The UCL Introductory Programme will introduce students to the people and places of UCL, from past, present and future. 

Contact me about

I usually work from home on Fridays.