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Dr Tim Young
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  • Clinical Associate Professor (Teaching)
  • IoN Central Administration
  • UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences

Dr Young has 27 years’ experience of delivering medicaleducation, 17 at UCLH/UCL, with recognition as Senior Fellow of the HigherEducation Academy. Dr Young qualified as a doctor with distinction in 1997after a BSc in biomedical science. He obtained his PhD in Neurosciences atImperial College London in 2009 and has been a consultant neurologist sincethen (currently Honorary Consultant Neurologist at the National Hospital for Neurology& Neurosurgery, Queen Square). Obtaining his FRCP in 2018, Dr Young went onto achieve a PG Certificate in Medical Education with distinction at CambridgeUniversity where he has worked as a course tutor on the Medical EducationCourse.

For over five years he has been helping update the distance learning Clinical Neurology MSc/Diploma course at UCL and enjoys teaching his students-numbering almost 100-all qualified doctors based worldwide. He has fellowships both in clinical work (FRCP) and education (SFHEA).

Research Summary

Dr Young won acompetitive PhD research scholarship in autonomics at Imperial College in 2001.He has published widely, taught and presented at international conferences inall three of his research fields: Autonomics, Headache and Medical Education.His work is cited in multiple national/international guidelines.

In educational research, innovative workhas included establishing the first course awards, including personallydesigning the course medal. The announcement of the course medal lead to asignificant increase in student submissions for our monthly activities. Dr.Young's new approach to obtaining feedback resulted in a huge increase in PTESsurvey participation rate-from 14% to nearly 70% in 2018.  This work hasled to him being invited to speak at the 2019 Advance HE STEM conference and attheir 2019 annual Teaching and Learning conference. The innovative methods usedto improve student engagement has been disseminated widely through Dr Young'sblog and Webinar involvement on this topic through Advance Higher Education.

The resultingimproved PTES participation rates at last gave us meaningful results but moredetailed feedback was still required to develop our marked monthly activity. Toachieve this Dr. Young worked with the UCl ChangeMakers team to establish astudent reviewers of change team for in-depth review of our course. Theseincluded two current senior students and one external (education) student Asbefits a distance learning course, between us we represented 4 differentcontinents which make Skype conferences interesting! The resulting feedback hasalready been used to significantly develop our course and our work has beenaccepted as a chapter for a forthcoming book on student empowerment.

Teaching Summary

As IoN Clinical Neurology distance learning MSc/Diplomacourse co-director, Dr Young has led new pedagogical methods and was awardedthe UCL Provost Education Award (individual category 2021): ‘Education Successfor All’. Dr Young provided extensive leadership in education support duringthe Covid-19 pandemic, with proposals adopted by IoN. In addition to supportingthe NHS at the London NHS Nightingale hospital, he designed and led thecurriculum and delivery of a pan-London critical care educator training byinvitation from the London Transformation and Learning Collaborative (LTLC) inSeptember 2020. This promoted digital Covid education early in the pandemic.

Dr Young has developed an entirely new iBSc (ClinicalNeurology & Brain Sciences), the first such iBSc we are aware of in the UK,and first undergraduate degree at the Institute of Neurology (IoN) in line withUCL’s size and shape strategy. He led the curriculum, liaising closely with moduleleads, UCL Arena & Medical School, produced market research and businesscase, gaining PMAP approval (June 2022) for a 2023 start.  

Internationally Dr Young’s 2020 curriculum review for UCL’sMedical School Education Consultancy & New Giza University (NGU) in Egyptwere built on to help him guide key NGU leaders in 2022 on proposals to developingtheir first postgraduate course. Also internationally, Dr Young works on theEditorial Board of BMC Medical Education (Top 10 Medical Education Journal).

Dr Young’s Student Reviewers of Teaching Project (SROTP 2018)and UCL Change Makers grant led to significant curriculum development withonline small group teaching and joint publication with his students as a bookchapter. He developed a leading role in this Change Makers activity, creating apromotional video and case study on the UCL Arena webpage, and 2021 UCLEducational conference presentation. Dr Young provided sustained engagement tothe pedagogy of professional development with short educational videos. His 5-minutevideo ‘Why bother about Headaches’ is the most viewed video in the last twoyears on the International Headache Society website.

As a UCL coach on the 2020 Coaching Culture programme forstaff identifying as BAME, Dr Young’s guidance led a coachee to themselvestrain and work as a UCL coach. As lead of the IoN Athena SWAN Action Group onStudents and Education, Dr Young developed the IoN’s first student survey (2021),working closely with EDI leads to address responses, then leading the 2022survey with increased participation and some improved responses.

Dr Young provides advice to the government as a Departmentof Education T-Level Heath Action Group member, advising with impact on developingthis new programme in education for 16–19-year-olds. At National level he is a TechnicalEducation Advisory Board member for NCFE, the sole Government T Level Health contractholder. He has been the invited reviewer for Eli Lilly for their 2021 MigraineCompendium which provided an educational resource for health care professionalsin Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. Since 2017 he has been director of hisown medical education company, providing large corporations with education onheadache management in the workplace including Eli Lilly and Great WesternRailways (GWR). His GWR presentation was still having an impact two yearslater. Elsewhere internationally, Dr Young’s support of the Crisis RescueFoundation teaching programme for Ukrainian medical students included providinglectures and securing two grants to continue this vital support. 

Academic Background
2019   ATQ04 - Recognised by the HEA as a Senior Fellow University College London
2018   Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians Royal College of Physicians
2017   ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow University College London
2009   Doctor of Philosophy Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
2009   Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training London Deanery
2000   Member of the Royal College of Physicians Royal College of Physicians
1997   Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery King's College London
1992   Bachelor of Science King's College London
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