Awards season for Health and Life Sciences

27 April 2022

Two students wearing PPE

The Faculty of Health and Life Sciences (HLS) is celebrating giving and receiving awards this month, as students, staff members and placement providers have all been recognised for their outstanding achievements.

PhD student Leah Fitzpatrick has won this year’s Royal Entomological Society International Writing Competition for her piece defending spiders against the bad press they receive. ‘Steatoda vs British Press Association’ is an amusing article, written by Leah, a former arachnophobe, who thought the competition was “an excellent opportunity to stick up for spiders. I’m delighted to have won and hope folks reading it will appreciate spiders a touch more!”

Also celebrating success is a student and staff team that has achieved a sustainability award for the Sinclair Building teaching laboratory, at Headington Campus. The Laboratory Efficiency Assessment Framework (LEAF) is a sustainability initiative set up by University College London, and the team recently achieved the Bronze Award. Students Emma Blondeaux, Daniel Jackson and HLS technician Louise Ainsley, were all involved in the initiative to create a more sustainable and efficient laboratory operation and reduce waste and carbon emissions. They are also working with the Brookes Green Impact Group, which is a University-wide initiative to encourage sustainability. Look out for a Staff Twitter takeover on Thursday 5 May to find out more about the team’s sustainability work.

Finally, students from the social and health care courses said “thank you” to their clinical placement providers earlier this month, with the annual Placement of the Year Awards. Organisations are nominated by students for providing them with outstanding learning experiences, which this year have been delivered despite the challenges of the pandemic.

Normally the winning placement providers are invited to a celebration at the University, but as so many nominations by students were received, messages of thanks for all the providers were published as a booklet

Professor Astrid Schloerscheidt, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Dean of Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, said: “Congratulations to everybody involved! It’s fantastic to see that all of this outstanding work by students, colleagues and our clinical placement providers has been recognised through these awards. It’s wonderful to approach the end of what has been a challenging academic year on such a positive note.”