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For list of all nominees (Roll of Honour) click here.

Outstanding Teaching

Outstanding Support for Teaching

Outstanding Personal Support

Outstanding Research Supervision

Outstanding Teaching

Alireza Mani

Senior Clinical Research Fellow; Teaching Fellow, UCL Division of Medicine

Alireza Mani teaches basic medical sciences to undergraduate students at UCL, Division of Medicine. He enjoys working on interdisciplinary projects both as a teacher and researcher. His main area of interest is understanding the complexity of physiological control in critical illnesses, and he has had success in combining mathematical modelling and clinical medicine in his research. Alireza studied Medicine at Tehran University and moved to UCL through a Wellcome Trust fellowship. His previous appointments were Assistant Professor of Physiology at Tarbiat Modares University, and Visiting Professor at the University of Padua.


Cathy Elliott

Senior Teaching Fellow, UCL Department of Political Science

Cathy currently teaches an undergraduate module called International Development and Public Policy and a postgraduate module called Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods. Cathy has been teaching at UCL in one way or another for the last seven years, and before that was a development manager working in Pakistan. Her research is about the ways different ideas about time affect how we think about international political problems like democracy promotion and climate change. She is also fascinated by the role of aesthetics and imagination in politics, and has conducted research with art galleries and looking at exhibitions, film and literature.


Outstanding support for teaching

Angela Poulter

Graduate Administrator, UCL Institute for Women’s Health

Angela has worked at the UCL EGA Institute for Women’s Health for six years, supporting MSc programmes, looking after research students and managing the education administration team. Though not a scientist or clinician herself – Angela’s DPhil is in ancient history – she is very proud to support the world-class academics and clinicians teaching at the Institute and committed to ensuring that students there get the most out of their UCL experience. Prior to life as a teaching administrator, Angela has had a variety of administrative and academic roles in higher education at UCL and at Birkbeck College. She has also worked for a global engineering consultancy in the heritage sector, and briefly for Ofsted. Angela is a trained psychotherapist, has worked as a volunteer counsellor at the City Lit and with the mental health charity Mind, and is passionate about promoting wellbeing in all areas of her work.


Martin Abbott

Teaching Administrator, UCL Cancer Institute

Martin has worked at the UCL Cancer Institute since September 2016, where he is the administrator for the MSc Cancer programme. Martin enjoys the student-facing nature of this role as it gives him the opportunity to meet a wide variety of students and support them throughout the duration of their studies. Martin has a strong work background in education administration, particularly in the medical sciences. In addition to working for two years within the UCL Medical School, he has also held positions at The Royal College of Surgeons of England and Imperial College London.


Outstanding Personal Support

Aeli Roberts        

Undergraduate Programme Director, School of Construction and Project Management

Aeli initially qualified as chemist for industry and then spent a number of years teaching material science to conservation and art history students. In 2003, she gained a first class honours degree in Construction Management from the Bartlett and then followed this with a law conversion and qualification as a barrister. In 2005, Aeli returned to the Bartlett and now considers themselves ideally placed to lecture first year law and materials as well as lecturing and developing the area of sustainability. She currently runs the undergraduate programmes in project management and has been the Faculty Tutor for Admissions for a number of years. Over the past few years, Aeil has been involved in research considering the impact of organisational culture on health and safety within large contracting organisations. She has also contributed to discussions on the development of a design language for architects. Her current research interests are on changing people’s attitudes, and how this may impact on the amount of carbon generated by buildings in use. She is also involved in research that is looking at the provision of basic eco-design training to construction manufacturing SMEs. During her time at the Bartlett Aeli has taught across a range of different subject areas and for a number of years was responsible for teaching the first year materials module. She still contributes lectures to this module, and is particularly interested in the way materials change over time, and the impact this has on the care of historic buildings. She has also taught first year law, and enjoys introducing students to the English legal system and why law is important.


Sandra Martelli

Senior Teaching Fellow, Anatomy, UCL Department of Cell & Developmental Biology

Sandra Martelli studied biology, comparative anatomy and human evolution at MSc level at University of Zurich, Switzerland before moving to UCL in 2001 to study for her PhD in evolutionary anatomy at the Department of Cell & Developmental Biology. After a postdoctoral research fellowship at the UCL Institute of Archaeology, she returned to the department of Cell & Developmental Biology in 2010 to work as a teaching fellow, whilst also studying for an Education Masters’ degree at the UCL Institute of Education. Since 2014, she is a senior teaching fellow and teaches anatomy on various Biosciences and UCL Medical School modules and organises and co-organises the modules “movement and musculo-skeletal biology” and “anatomy and imaging” for the UCL Medical School’s MBBS programme. Sandra’s research interests are in comparative anatomy, postnatal development and human evolution and she takes great satisfaction in supervising iBSc and MSc student laboratory projects which focus on the postnatal development of the cranial base and the pharynx and larynx in modern humans, great and lesser apes and fossil hominins such as Neanderthals. Sandra’s focus in higher education has always been on supporting students in becoming independent and confident learners and to instil curiosity and a drive to want to learn more in them. To this end, she has developed and maintains a self-directed anatomy learning VLE for the Medical School’s MBBS programme, giving students easy access to an array of learning resources which students can tailor to their personal needs.


Judy Medrington

Academic Administrator, UCL Institute of Archaeology

Judy took a degree in Politics at Exeter in the early 1970s and has been working with students at the Institute of Archaeology since 1974. She is responsible for the academic administration of the Institute, but regards the pastoral care and wellbeing of students as the top priority. She is particularly concerned to ensure that students in difficulties receive prompt, constructive support and that all students have a positive experience whilst at UCL. The Institute of Archaeology has always taken great pride in the supportive environment that it provides for its students, and this is reflected each year in its scores in the UK National Student Survey.  Judy works closely with her colleague, Tina Paphitis:  they have an Open Door policy and are always available to students. They liaise with the department’s elected student representatives who play an important role in the Institute, and work closely with academic and administrative colleagues who hold Tutorial and related posts. Judy is Disabilities Co-ordinator for the Institute and an Equal Opportunities Liaison Officer. This is the fourth time that Judy has received a Student Choice Teaching Award for Personal Support.

Outstanding Research Supervision

Andrew Hayward

Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Inclusion Health, UCL Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care

Andrew Hayward qualified in Medicine at Guy’s and St Thomas’s, London in 1990.  He completed specialist training in Public Health in 2000 and joined UCL as a Senior Lecturer in 2001. He led the Medical School Public Health Teaching between 2001 and 2006 and more recently has led MSc and BSc modules in Public Health and Epidemiology and Electronic Health Records Research.  Since 2007 he has greatly enjoyed supervising 16 PhD students and acting as Educational Supervisor for many Public Health Trainees on academic attachments.  While at UCL he has led research grants (>£12M) on the epidemiology and control of major infectious disease problems including tuberculosis, influenza, antibiotic resistance, hospital acquired infection, viral genetics, and infections in socially marginalised groups such as homeless people, drug users and prisoners. Andrew became UCL Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Inclusion Health in 2014.  He helped to establish the UCL Institute of Health Informatics, becoming Institute Deputy Director in 2016.  Here, he set up the Centre for Public Health Data Science, focusing on the use of big data in population health and health care research.  In 2017 Andrew became Interim Director of the Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care where he is working with the committed team of scientists and support staff to provide a world-class environment for teaching and research.


Clare Llewellyn

Lecturer in Behavioural Obesity Research, Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care

Clare Llewellyn is a Lecturer in Behavioural Obesity Research, and co-leader of the Obesity research group in the Department of Behavioural Science and Health, part of the Faculty of Population Health Sciences. After graduating from the University of Oxford in 2000 she had an initial career in the pharmaceutical industry with GlaxoSmithKline, before retraining as a psychologist. In 2007 she undertook an MRC-funded MSc in Health Psychology at UCL, for which she gained a distinction. She went on to complete an ESRC/MRC-funded PhD in 2011 on the genetic epidemiology of appetite and growth in early life, under the supervision of Professor Jane Wardle at UCL. Following two postdoctoral positions - with Professor Wardle at UCL, and Professor Robert Plomin at KCL’s Social Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre - she took up her first academic position as Lecturer at UCL in 2013. Clare is also an honorary Research Fellow at the University of Liverpool, and an elected trustee for the UK Association for the Study of Obesity. Her primary research interest is to understand how genes and the environment interact to promote excessive weight gain, with a focus on behaviour, including eating behaviour and sleep. She leads the Gemini study, a large population-based birth cohort of British families with twins set up to establish genetic and environmental contributions to early growth and behaviour. Research supervision is one of the most rewarding aspects of her job, and she is thrilled to have been nominated for this category.