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Outstanding Teaching

Professor Jane Holder - Laws

Jane Holder joined the Faculty of Laws, in 1992 as a lecturer. She has since taught and developed courses in Environmental Law at undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD levels. She is now responsible for teaching research methods to research students which she describes as a really rewarding part of her work, because she sees students develop their theses over a number of years. Professor Holder has also developed a legal practice course in which law students carry out research and advice work for community groups which has helped them find work in NGOs, charities, and campaign groups. In her teaching, she uses examples of environmental regulation taken from the UCL estate (carbon trading, spatial planning etc.) and takes students on fieldtrips to bring environmental law to life.​

Dr Russell Hearn - UCL Medical School

Dr Russell Hearn is a proud Alumnus of UCL and now works in medical education and as a General Practitioner in North London.

Dr Hearn is a Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine and very much enjoys the outdoors. He runs courses in Expedition and Wilderness Medicine for medical students to help them prepare to offer health care outside of the hospital with a focus on leadership and team work.

Russell is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is currently working towards a Masters Degree in Medical Education of his own. He believes in putting students at the centre of learning and whenever possible aims to inspire learners rather than to teach them.

Outstanding Support for Teaching

Stuart Laidlaw - Institute of Archaeology

Stuart hails from Glasgow where he was educated and came to London because he heard the streets were paved with gold.

When Stuart joined the Institute of Archaeology, he worked closely, for a number of years, with the photographer Peter Dorrell. Following Peter’s retirement, Stuart began teaching courses in Archaeological Photography and Illustration and, in recent years, Digital Photography.

His work at the Institute has taken him to a variety of countries including Libya, Greece, Belize and Russia amongst others. Most recently he has been teaching courses for UCLQ in Qatar. Stuart is currently working with Georgina Herrmann and Helena Coffey on the final book in the Ivories from the Nimrud series, Nimrud 8, with a view to publication in 2015.

Marie Fournier - SELCS

Marie Fournier was born in France, in Burgundy. She completed her education at Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris 3), where she took an undergraduate degree in English literature and graduate qualifications in the same area (Maîtrise and D.E.A.). While still completing her D.E.A., Marie moved to London to take up a post as lectrice at University College London. She has taught French at all levels in the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education and in the French Department. In 2005, she was appointed Language Coordinator in the French Department where she has taught full-time since then. Marie also does freelance translation, in particular for the Haiti Support Group, whose quarterly Haiti Briefing magazine she translates into French. She has a particular interest in contemporary French and francophone writing and paraliterature (bande dessinée). She also has varied interests outside of academic life: travel, art, music, contemporary dance.​

Outstanding Personal Support

Dr Benita Morrissey - Institute of Child Health

Benita is a paediatric registrar in London, who currently works as a teaching fellow in paediatrics for the integrated BSc in paediatrics and child health at UCL. She is course tutor for the iBSc in paediatrics, and also teaches UCL medical students at the Whittington Hospital. She has been involved this year in piloting a paediatric simulation programme for UCL medical students. She is passionate about medical education, paediatrics and global child health. She recently spent a year in Sierra Leone as a RCPCH/VSO fellow involved in setting up services for children at a hospital, and training and mentoring local health workers in neonatal and paediatric care. She is a trustee and medical board coordinator for Willing and Abel, a charity working in child health in low-resource countries and is on the executive committee of the International Child Health Group.​

Judy Medrington - Institute of Archaeology

Judy Medrington has been working with students at the Institute of Archaeology for 40 years. She is responsible for the academic administration of the Institute, but regards the pastoral care of students as the top priority. She operates an open-door policy and is particularly concerned with the promotion of student satisfaction and ensuring that students in difficulties receive prompt, constructive support. She stresses to students the importance of volunteering and of becoming involved in a wide range of activities whilst at UCL.

She works closely with the department’s elected student representatives who play a very active part in the Institute, as well as with the Director, those who hold Tutorial Posts (especially the Departmental Tutor) and her administrative colleagues in the department and Faculty. She is the Institute’s Disabilities Co-ordinator and an Equal Opportunities Officer, and liaises with UCL’s Student Support and Wellbeing, and Disability Services staff on a regular basis.

Outstanding Researcher Development

Professor Geraint Rees - Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience

Professor Geraint Rees FMedSci is Deputy Head of the Faculty of Brain Sciences at UCL and Director of the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, a leading institute for studying mental processes in the human brain. His research focuses on understanding the neural basis of human consciousness in health and disease, using functional and structural brain imaging. Recently he has pioneered new approaches to analysing functional brain images to individuate the contents of consciousness, and has written and spoken on the potential moral and ethical implications of such techniques.

Passionate about academic and clinical academic training, he set up and directs the UCL School of Life and Medical Sciences Academic Careers Office. The ACO delivers innovative and original careers advice, mentorship and training; delivers strategic leadership for UCL’s biomedical training portfolio; and actively manages and develops the intellectual talent across UCL's biomedical students and staff. He is a member of the Francis Crick Institute Executive Team and the Board of Directors of Imanova. His work has been recognised by award of the Royal Society Francis Crick medal and election to the Academy of Medical Sciences.

Professor Robyn Carston - Linguistics

Robyn Carston came from New Zealand to UCL as a student in the early 1980s and has been here ever since. Her main area of research is the theory of linguistic communication and comprehension, with particular emphasis on the way in which speakers can successfully convey thoughts and attitudes that go far beyond anything encoded in the linguistic forms they employ. Her work is highly interdisciplinary spanning linguistics, philosophy and cognitive science. Her book Thoughts and Utterances is a central text in the field of semantics and pragmatics.

Robyn has taught at all levels of university education but, in recent years, as Graduate Tutor in Linguistics, she has focused in particular on building a strong community of doctoral research students whose environment is intellectually stimulating and provides them with ample opportunities to present their work, receive supportive feedback, and become flourishing members of international research networks.