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Dr Kirsty Alexander
UCL Medical School
Royal Free Hospital
Hampstead, London
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  • Honorary Senior Research Fellow
  • UCL Medical School
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences

Prior to entering academia, I worked as a widening access practitioner. This involved designing and running outreach activities for school children from backgrounds and schools which traditionally send fewer students to university.

To further my interest in widening access, between 2015 and 2018, I completed a PHD in medical education at CHERI, University of Aberdeen. This focussed on school pupils', teachers' and medical schools' perceptions of widening access.

Following graduation, I worked as a Research Fellow at CHERI, before starting my post at UCL in April 2019, and being promoted to Senior Research Fellow in 2021.

My undergraduate degree is a First Class Hons in International Relations and German from the University of St Andrews, Scotland, awarded in 2010.

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Research Summary

I am particularly interested in research that explores the perspectives and viewpoints of individuals in relation to medical education, especially in relation to widening access to medicine. Understanding the healthcare, educational and social needs of stakeholders is essential to the successful implementation of policy initiatives. 

My research is qualitative, using discursive, thematic and realist approaches to analysis.  I am very experienced in qualitative data collection, including interviews and focus groups in a range of settings.

My interdisciplinary work aims to drive alternative ways of thinking and to generate innovative recommendations for policy makers and practitioners to help address inequalities in healthcare and education.

Teaching Summary

I have a range of postgraduate teaching experience, including: teaching students on Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) and Diploma (PGDip) courses in Medical Education; and tutoring the module ‘Communication Theory and Analysis’ as part of an MSc in Professional Communication.

Each year I supervise a number of MSc and MA students with their research dissertations. I have also co-supervised undergraduate and intercalated medical students through their research projects.

I also have extensive experience of teaching school-age pupils during my experiences an Outreach Officer, prior to starting my research career.

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