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Dr Katherine Woolf
Royal Free Hospital
Tel: 020 3108 9216
  • Senior Lecturer
  • UCL Medical School
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences

I am currently a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Career Development Fellow in Medical Education.

In 2003 I graduated with a BSc(Hons) in Psychology from Goldsmith's College, following which I worked as a Research Assistant at Goldsmith's, continuing my third year project on musical savant skills. I also worked part-time for an MP in Westminster. 

I joined UCL in 2004 as a Research Assistant, and then undertook a PhD in Medical Education and Psychology with Jane Dacre and Chris McManus. In 2009 I became a Lecturer in Medical Education and an Honorary Research Associate in Psychology at UCL. In 2014 I was promoted to Senior Lecturer while on maternity leave with twins (Kit and Art).

I am a  Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and educational advisor to the Membership of the Royal Colleges of Physicians (UK) examination. 

I was co-chair of the UCL Race Equality Steering Group from 2013 to 2016; co-led UCL Medical School's 2014 successful Silver Athena SWAN application - working for gender equality in science and medicine; and worked on UCL's 2015 successful Bronze Race Equality Charter Mark application.

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Research Summary

My research aims to understand and improve medical students’ and doctors’ performance, and thus improve patient care.  

I believe equality and fairness are vital for effective selection, learning, and assessment. These values underpin my major research areas: 

-  improving educational outcomes for minority ethnic medical students and doctors. 

- improving access to medicine by helping medical applicants from diverse backgrounds make informed choices about which medical schools they apply to. 

I use both qualitative and quantitative methdological approaches, including interviews, multivariate statistical analysis of secondary cohort data, and social network analysis.

I have a keen interest in involving the public in research and teaching. I was UCL's Public Engager of the Year (academic) 2009/10; was selected from over 2,000 candidates to be one of 30 BBC Expert Woman in 2013; and gave the Charles Darwin Award Lecture at the British Science Festival in 2015.

Teaching Summary

As well as supervising doctoral students, I teach research methods to medics and psychologists.  I am currently on a teaching sabbatical until December 2020.

I believe in making access to higher education as fair as possible. I was on the board of the fair access to medicine project Target Medicine, and have taught on the UCL fair access project Horizons.

Academic Background
2009 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Medical Education University College London
2003 BSc Hons Bachelor of Science – Psychology Goldsmiths College
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