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The Team


The team are UCLMS faculty who work on the design, development and implementation of the MBBS and postgraduate programmes, deliver our staff development and training programme and are active education researchers. They have a wide range of expertise and a long history of  experience in delivering our well respected undergraduate and postgraduate education. As part of UCL Partners, one of five accredited Academic Health Science Systems in the UK, we also work closely with several colleagues with expertise across the range of life and biomedical science programmes at UCL.

Professor John Tooke

Professor Sir John Tooke
is Head of the School of Life & Medical Sciences and Head of UCL Medical School. He is also President of the Academy of Medical Sciences. He was the Founding Dean of Peninsula Medical School in the UK, which was an entirely new Medical School and had its first successful cohort of graduates in 2007. Professor Tooke is on several government committees and was the author of the highly influential Tooke Report, which has changed the face of postgraduate medical education in England.

Professor Deborah Gill

Professor Deborah Gill
is Director of UCL Medical School. She is an experienced curriculum developer and staff development leader and an active education researcher. Her research expertise is in the domain of professional development, education supervision and qualitative education research methods. She is programme director for the blended learning MSc in International Primary Health Care, a teacher and examiner on the UCL MSc in Medical Education, and external examiner on the Cambridge and Imperial Medical Schools undergraduate programmes and at the Postgraduate Medical School at Brighton, Sussex.

Professor Jane Dacre

Professor Jane Dacre
is very well known in medical education in the UK and has run the MBBS programme at UCL since 2007. She is an appointed member of the UK’s General Medical Council, and Chairs the Education and Training Comittee. She is also the Medical Director of the MRCP(UK) examination, a well known international examination for physicians with over 22,000 candidates per year. This examination is regularly run internationally. Since 2004 she has also been the main assessment consultant to the GMC for their fitness to practise procedures, giving advice on assessment of competence for poorly performing doctors. She is also on the PLAB review working group, and was on the Patel review working group which made recommendations on the future of the regulation of medical education in the UK

Dr Ann Griffin

Dr Ann Griffin
is lead for the postgraduate courses run from UCL Medical School. She is a General Practitioner with particular expertise in the Quality Assurance of Medical Education and has responsibility for the overall quality of the student experience at UCL.

Professor Tim McHugh

Professor Tim McHugh
is Graduate Tutor for UCL’s Faculty of Medical Sciences, responsible for all aspects of postgraduate taught provision, including online distance and continuing professional development. A particular emphasis has been the development of postgraduate programmes drawing on the research and clinical strengths of UCL to deliver the professional training needs of clinicians. As part of his international collaborations Professor McHugh has supported capacity development programmes including training the trainers courses, practical training in microbiology and development of diploma, bachelors and masters programmes in Health Sciences, providing context-appropriate curriculum development.

Professor Chris McManus

Professor Chris McManus
is Professor of Psychology and Medical Education at UCL. Trained both as a doctor and a psychologist, he is particularly known for his large-scale longitudinal studies of cohorts of medical students and doctors from 1980 to the present. A particular interest is in the statistical analysis and psychometrics of examinations and clinical assessments, and he has worked particularly on Part 1, Part 2 and the new PACES examination of the MRCP(UK). He has also advised a range of other undergraduate and postgraduate medical institutions.

Professor Chris O’Callaghan

Professor Chris O’Callaghan
is Professor of Respiratory and Paediatric Medicine at the Institute of Child Health, UCL and Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. He has a major interest in the development of video intense multimedia programs for medical education. He is currently working in collaboration with the World Health Organisation to harness the potential of multimedia training for health care workers in resource-poor countries.

Other Faculty Staff

Dr Caroline Aspinwall,
Principal Admissions Officer

Dr Brenda Cross,
Faculty Tutor (Years 1-2 & IBSc)

Ms Shirley Cupit,
Academic Lead, Target Medicine

Dr Gavin Johnson,
Consultant Gastroenterologist, Senior Lecturer in Medical Education

Mrs Gaynor Jones,
Head of Medical Student Administration

Dr Jayne Kavanagh,
Tutor in Medical Ethics and Law; Academic Lead, Target Medicine

Dr Lorraine Noble,
Communication Skills Tutor

Dr Alison Sturrock,
Sub Dean (Assessments)

Professor Irving Taylor,
Vice Dean (Professional Affairs)

Ms Deirdre Wallace,
Clinical Skills Centre Manager

Dr Katherine Woolf,
Lecturer in Medical Education


Associate Faculty

We have existing networks in medical education both nationally and internationally. Our associate faculty include:

Professor Janet Grant

Professor Janet Grant,
is an educational psychologist and Honorary Professor at UCL Medical School. She is also Director of CenMEDIC (the Centre for Medical Education in Context) and the FAIMER Centre for Distance Learning. She is Emeritus Professor of Education in Medicine at the Open University in the UK and Special Adviser to the World Federation for Medical Education. Janet has over 35 years of experience in medical education development and policy, working with governments, national institutions and medical schools. 

Dr David Sales

Dr David Sales,
has a background in primary care and medical education, particularly the design and delivery of up-to-date assessment instruments. He works as an education consultant and is Chair of both the GMC Quality Scrutiny Group and the GMC Curriculum Advisory Group, former Chair of the GMC’s Part 1 PLAB written examination and a former assessment fellow, RCGP.


To speak to someone about working with us please email msec@ucl.ac.uk