Advanced Research Computing

Dr Tom Couch

Dr Tom Couch

Senior Research Software Developer

ARC Research Software Development Group

UCL Centre for Advanced Research Computing

Joined UCL
29th Apr 2013

Research summary

My research background is in cognitive neuroscience. In particular: recognition and episodic memory; the role of context in perception and memory; and motor learning. I have also carried out research in the field of radiation protection regarding the acquisition and statistical treatment of patient dose data and developed new methods for quality assurances tests of medical imaging equipment.


University of Manchester
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2012
University of Liverpool
Other higher degree, Master of Science | 2006
University of Oxford
First Degree, Bachelor of Arts (Honours) | 2003


I gained my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Philosophy and Physiology from the University of Oxford in 2003 and spent the next two years playing prog rock in a band in Liverpool. In 2006 at the University of Liverpool I obtained my Master’s degree in Research Methods in Psychology, where I carried out a study into the role that sleep plays in consolidating motor memory using fMRI. Following this, I moved to the University of Manchester where I studied for a PhD in Psychology. For my thesis I combined fMRI and eye-tracking methods to explore the neural correlates of recollection where it supports object recognition. In 2011 I joined a radiation protection service in Liverpool as a technical officer. In this role I was carrying out quality assurance tests on medical imaging equipment and developing new strategies for gathering and validating data for diagnostic reference levels of radiation dose. I joined UCL in 2013 as a facilitator for the Research IT Services department where I am responsible for supporting researchers to use our services and provide general advice and support regarding the use of IT in their research.