Welcome to the Faculty of Brain Sciences Postgraduate Mentor Scheme.
The Faculty is participating in UCL's Graduate Support Scheme, a range of initiatives to test ways of supporting progression into taught postgraduate education.
The Faculty has appointed 13 PhD students to act as mentors to prospective and current students on postgraduate taught programmes.
Our mentors are experienced
postgraduates who currently study here and are able to offer help and advice from a student
They are available to assist potential students
through the application process, and then provide support, guidance and
encouragement once they are enrolled and all have an excellent knowledge of UCL and its key support services.
Meet our mentors
Contact the PaLS Mentors: email@example.com
- Studying for a 4-year PhD in
Mental Health, currently based at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience.
- Able to give advice on what it's like to live and study in London, and what it's like to move here for the first time
- Able to answer questions about applying for PhDs and funding opportunities
- Based at UCL for several years, in different roles and departments so happy to answer questions about UCL life in general.
- Currently studying for a PhD in Developmental Science,
investigating how vocabulary interventions impact on primary school children’s
language and reading skills
- Studied Speech and Language Therapy at Postgraduate Level so
able to advise on Speech Science and Linguistics programmes
- Also able to provide information on life as a disabled
student at UCL and the support that is available (e.g. Disabled Students’
- Studying for a PhD in Developmental Science
- Completed a MSc in Research Methods in Psychology at UCL, so
can advise students on studying at UCL and finding accommodation
- Able to answer questions on the application process/funding
opportunities for a PhD and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy)
- Studying for a PhD in psychology of language
- Completed the CoDes MSc at UCL, so able to offer students
advice on studying at Master’s level, living in London, and making the
transition to a PhD.
- Involved in various projects aimed at broadening access to
UCL across social class and ethnicity.
- In year two of a three year PhD in Cognitive Psychology
(Judgment & Decision Making).
- Completed a part-time MSc in Social Cognition at UCL while
working full time, so can advise on part-time study and transitions from work
into full time study.
- Lived in London for 20 years so knows the city pretty well.
- Studying for a PhD in Linguistics, based in Chandler
- Completed MRes in Linguistics (specialization in syntax)
at UCL, so able to advise on Linguistics and Speech Science programmes, living
in London, and making the transition to post-graduate study.
- International student (from Canada), so able
to advise on studying in a new country, finding accommodation and setting up in
Contact the DoP Mentor: firstname.lastname@example.org
What a Postgraduate Mentor does: For many students,
studying for an MSc necessitates the need to uproot to a new university, city
or country and this transition is accompanied by a range of practical and
personal challenges. As Postgraduate Mentor for the Division of Psychiatry
I am on hand to help current and prospective MSc students get the most out of
their time at UCL: I help students navigate the myriad of
specialist UCL services (including Finance, Disability, Psychological, and
Career services) to find the support that they need. I can also offer a
sympathetic ear and impartial advice to MSc students who would like informal
mentoring about any concerns or upcoming decisions (such PhD applications).
About me: I am a PhD student working
with the Division of Psychiatry and the Research Department of
Primary Care and Population Health on PRIMROSE; an NIHR funded
program of work investigating cardiovascular disease prevention in people
with severe mental illness. I have an MSc in Public Health that I
completed whilst studying part-time at the Health Protection Agency (now Public
Health England). I have benefited from being mentored throughout
my career and hope to help other students explore their options now, and for
Contact the IoO Mentors: email@example.com
- Currently, I am studying for a PhD in Developmental Biology
at the IoO.
- I did my BSc and MRes in Pharmacology at the University of
Aberdeen and then worked for a year as a research assistant at UCL before
deciding to do a PhD.
- As well as answering general queries, I am also an international
student (Germany) and am happy to answer any questions about what it is like to
live and study in London.
- I'm a PhD student in Robin Ali's lab in the Department of
focusing on neuronal behaviour in the early visual system during retinal
- I'm happy to help point you in the right direction with any
queries about Masters and PhD programmes, including practical concerns about
funding and access. Looking forward to working with you!
Contact the IoN Mentors: firstname.lastname@example.org
Archy de Berker
- I’m in the 2nd year of a PhD in Neuroscience
- I’m on a 4 year PhD Program funded by the Wellcome Trust, so
I have lots of experience of rotations and various parts of UCL
- I moved from a small city (Cambridge), and happy to share my
thoughts on the experience
- I’ve done research from the cellular to the psychological,
so able to discuss different research paths
- Studying for a PhD in
Clinical Neuroscience, and interested in cognitive and computational
models of neuropsychiatric disorders. Camilla also completed her MSc at
the Institute of Neurology, UCL, and previously studied at Magdalen
College, Oxford University for a BA in Physiology, Psychology, and
- Camilla is funded jointly
by the Brain Research Trust and Medical Research Council for her PhD, and is
happy to offer advice on funding, moving to the UK from abroad,
and general information about undertaking a PhD.
- I graduated from the Royal Free
and University College Medical School, London in 2007 and completed core
medical training at the Hammersmith Hospital and The National Hospital for
Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square. I’m currently a clinical research fellow at the MRC Centre for
Neuromuscular Diseases at Queen Square and my main research interests are in
the genetic basis of neuronal channelopathies. I also have a background in
medical education and teach neurology at an undergraduate and postgraduate
- I’ve been associated with UCL for
over 10 years and can help with any general questions you may have about
studying at UCL, postgraduate taught programmes and any queries related to
undertaking postgraduate study with a clinical background.
- Studying for a PhD in Neuroscience, with a project looking
for MRI biomarkers in multiple sclerosis (MS) and neuromyelitis optica (NMO)
- I did my MRes at UCL, using probabilistic tractography (a
MRI based technique), thus can advise students on studying at UCL at master
level as well as students interested in studying neuroimaging.
- I am both a mature student and a foreigner (I moved to
London from Switzerland for my MRes), so I'm happy to share my experiences with students who are thinking
of going back to university/changing career (it was complete career change for
me) as well as foreign students wanting more information about living in London
and studying at UCL.
- I can also answer questions on the application
process/funding opportunities for PhD positions in neuroscience.
Contact the Ear Mentor: email@example.com
- Warren is studying for a PhD in Auditory Neuroscience at the
UCL Ear Institute through an Action on Hearing Loss studentship.
- Completed a BEng in Computer Engineering at Memorial
University in Canada and an MSc in Digital Music Processing from Queen Mary,
University of London
- Able to answer questions about applying to programmes and for
funding through the Ear Institute.
- As a Canadian national, can give advice on cultural and
academic differences between North America and the UK.