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LCCOS Staff Conference 2022

Perspectives from across LCCOS

We are delighted to invite representatives from across Library, Culture, Collections and Open Science to join us for a discussion and Q&A session. The purpose of this session is to showcase how teams across LCCOS have already been collaborating and will continue to collaborate in new and innovative ways.

There will be a chance to ask questions during this section, pease use the Slido link to ask questions or upvote other people's.

Photo of Ben MeunierBen Meunier

Director of Operations

I’m the Director of Operations at UCL Library, Culture, Collections and Open Science, overseeing Estate developments, Health & Safety, Communication and other operational matters. As part of my role, I lead on the strategic plans for our estate – to make it more sustainable and more befitting a university with a global reputation for excellence. I have been leading on the development of our library provision in UCL East, a major UCL development on the Olympic Park to create a model for the university campus of the future. I’m also currently Secretary of the LIBER (Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche – Association of European Research Libraries) Architecture Group. 

I’ve always found the staff conference an amazing opportunity to meet across our large department, and look forward to seeing many colleagues virtually on the day!

Sarah Aitchison

Head of Special Collections

I’m Sarah Aitchison and I am responsible for Special Collections, which is a team covering the collecting, access and preservation of rare materials held by the Library. We manage three reading rooms (two are onsite at the IOE and the South Junction) and multiple storage spaces across London that hold over 10,000 metres of rare books, archives and records. We also manage the records management function for UCL and undertake conservation, preservation and digitisation activity across LCCOS. In addition, we run an extensive teaching and events programme across UCL courses and a thriving outreach programme working with schools and communities in Camden and East London. In September we will be starting work supporting new programmes at UCL East. 

Kat Nilsson 

Director of Museums & Cultural Programmes at UCL

I’m Kat Nilsson and I’m responsible for the museums and cultural programmes. This includes UCL Art Museum, the Grant Museum of Zoology and the Petrie Museum of Egyptian and Sudanese Archaeology which are open to the public. There’s also the Pathology Museum up at the Royal Free Hospital that isn’t open to the public. The Curatorial teams are exceptionally talented at enabling multidisciplinary use for teaching and research, and the Programmes & Exhibitions team is incredibly creative in how we engage student and public audiences. As part of our recent merger with LCCOS, Collections Management have also become part of the Museums & Cultural Programmes team. They run the Object-Based Learning Laboratory and care for the collections for future generations to enjoy.

Faith Udeze

LCCOS HR Operations Manager

I am CIPD qualified HR Professional and the HR Operations Manager LCCOS, which entails leading the HR Operations team in providing professional support and operational provision of administrative services in the LCCOS Division on a range of people-related matter in employee life cycle including recruitment, on and off boarding, and providing first line HR advise. I am a member of the successfully launched UCL HR Community of Practice project — HR Staff Inductions project. I am the Chair of the Library Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee and a member of Library Services Wellbeing Committee. I am Wellbeing Champion and accredited I-act manager and Mental Health First Aider.

Emma Todd

Head of Research Culture

Emma is a change leader, communicator and coach with more than 20 years’ experience working in complex, research-focussed organisations in the UK and Europe. She has led the development and implementation of high-level communications and engagement strategies, helped build alignment behind strategy and delivered a number of successful change programmes. 

As UCL’s first Head of Research Culture, she is working with colleagues from across the institution to develop and deliver a focussed and integrated roadmap for change, in order to create a healthier and more sustainable research culture. She engages with peers across the sector to progress common goals, share learning and start to address some of the larger systemic issues that need tackling to enable meaningful and lasting cultural change at scale. 

Emma is driven by a desire to understand, connect with and empower people and teams to work at their best. She is a qualified leadership and communications coach, specialising in assessing and developing intercultural effectiveness. She is a linguist – speaking Spanish and French – and has spent extended periods of time working abroad and with virtual multicultural teams across the world.  

Emma is committed to developing more inclusive workplaces, acknowledging the huge value that diversity of thought brings to our work and to our everyday experience as individuals. She is co-founder of the Astrea and WHEN networks for women working in Higher Education and former chair of a small charity working with the Latin American community in London. 

Kirsty Wallis

Head of Research Liaison

I’m Kirsty Wallis and I am the Head of Research Liaison, based in the Main Library. I manage the Research Data Management Team, Bibliometrics team and the Research Support Librarian for IOE. I am also responsible for the UCL Office for Open Science & Scholarship. This means that I keep an overview of all the work related to Open at UCL as best I can and ensure that we are all working together to best support the academic community to make their work available openly, providing the information, training and support they need. The office also works closely with Citizen Scientists across the university, which is rapidly becoming one of my favourite parts of my job. Have a look at my poster to find out more!  

Peter Dennison

Head of Customer Service (Library)

My name is Peter Dennison and I am the Head of Customer Service. I have strategic responsibility for customer service operations at the Main Library, Science Library and the Student Centre and for Evening and Weekend Services across the Bloomsbury Campus. I also oversee the Interlending, Document Supply and Stores Team, the Service Operations Team (library membership and shelving), and Help Services. I am passionate about the delivery of excellent customer service at the point of need and am responsible for coordinating our annual Customer Service Excellence submission as well as leading on strategic customer service improvements.  

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