UCL East


Blog: STEPping into lockdown

4 September 2020

STEP trainee Caroline wrote a blog post for UCL Culture, in which she reflects on her experience of joining UCL Culture during the Coronavirus lockdown and working with the Engagement team on UCL East projects.

Photo of the 2019/20 STEP cohort of participants

Caroline joined UCL Culture in June 2020, after spending the first six months on the Shared Training and Employment Programme (STEP) at the Foundation for FutureLondon.

"During my time at UCL Culture, I have been working closely with the Community Engagement team supporting their projects and work for UCL East. I’ve really enjoyed finding out more about what public engagement entails and what it means for communities in east London. To me, the value in public engagement work has come to represent the opportunity to connect marginalised communities with the university in ways that are empowering and beneficial for them.

One of the projects I have found most inspiring during my time at UCL has been the Engagement ‘Listen and Respond’ activity, a programme of activity and rapid response funding to support Voluntary Community Sector Organisations (VCSOs) dealing with the immediate and longer term impact of Coronavirus within London communities."

Read the entirety of her blog on UCL Culture's website >

(The photo above was taken before the coronavirus pandemic.)