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Dr Tim Young
  • Senior Clinical Teaching Fellow
  • IoN Central Administration
  • UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences

Dr. Tim Young is a course tutor and senior teaching fellow for the UCL Clinical Neurology by distance learning MSc/Diploma courses. He has a BSc in Biomedical Science, and qualified as a medical doctor with distinction in 1997. He obtained his PhD in Neuroscience from Imperial College London in 2009. 

For over two 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 still works as a consultant neurologist in London, having fellowships both in clinical work (FRCP) since 2018 and education (SFHEA).

Research Summary

Innovative work has included establishing the first course awards, including personally designing the course medal. The announcement of the course medal lead to a significant increase in student submissions for our monthly activities. Dr. Young's new approach to obtaining feedback resulted in a huge increase in PTES survey participation rate-from 14% to nearly 70% in 2018.  This work has led to him being invited to speak at the 2019 Advance HE STEM conference and at their 2019 annual Teaching and Learning conference. The innovative methods used to improve student engagement has been disseminated widely through Dr Young's blog and Webinar involvement on this topic through Advance Higher Education.

The resulting improved PTES participation rates at last gave us meaningful results but more detailed feedback was still required to develop our marked monthly activity. To achieve this Dr. Young worked with the UCl ChangeMakers team to establish a student reviewers of change team for in-depth review of our course. These included two current senior students and one external (education) student As befits a distance learning course, between us we represented 4 different continents which make Skype conferences interesting! The resulting feedback has already been used to significantly develop our course and our work has been accepted as a chapter for a forthcoming book on student empowerment.

Current work includes the development of a blog for our course in response to student feedback.

Teaching Summary

Although I have focused above on my last few years on the distance learning course, I have been actively involved in teaching in higher education for 23 years. A well as medical students, junior doctors and GPs I have taught more senior doctors on neurology and headache courses including by invitation from the Royal College of Physicians, the British Association for the Study of Headaches and have presented at numerous international medical conferences. I have over 35 publications and am actively involved in educational research.

My passion for teaching is enhanced by my own learning. I have an unusual-and possibly unique-background in that I know what it is like to come last and fail in medicine at one institution, and then finish top in medicine at another. I have a great heart therefore for students right across the spectrum  of abilities.

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   Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training London Deanery
2009   Doctor of Philosophy Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
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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