UCL Institute of Health Informatics


Two IHI Research Fellow Promotions

6 June 2021

IHI is delighted to announce two new Research Fellow promotions.

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Huge congratulations to our colleagues, Rachel Burns and Dr Louise Mc Grath-Lone, on their recent promotions!


Rachel Burns IHI
Now a Grade 7 Research Fellow, Rachel undertakes research on healthcare access of socially excluded groups, such as migrants and people experiencing homelessness. She is the work package lead on the Million Migrant study and the Right to Care programme evaluation project with the NGO Doctors of the World UK. She is also the co-lead of the module ‘Ethnicity, Migration and Health’, the chair of the DOTW UK Expert Consortium of Refugee and Migrant Health, advocacy officer for Lancet Migration, and an involved member of IHI’s Athena Swan.

The panel returned excellent feedback on her application which included “examples of presenting research at a national and international level; co-investigator/work package lead on three significant grants; a small number of publications including some as first author… and evidence of institutional citizenship such as being a member of Athena SWAN committee.”

Rachel: Thank you so much for your support through this process and for all of the opportunities working at IHI has given me!

Prof Robert Aldridge, Professor of Public Health Data Science: As the panel commented, Rachel clearly deserved this promotion, and she is a massive asset to IHI and the university. We are lucky to have her!


Louise Mc Grath Lone IHI
Louise has now been promoted to Grade 8 Senior Research Fellow. She is a member of the ECHILD project team. Her research focuses on using administrative data to explore public health issues, particularly inequalities experienced by disadvantaged groups of children, such as those who are care experienced. As a former secondary teacher, she is also interested in the interconnections between young people’s health and educational outcomes. Louise joined IHI in 2020 and contributes to teaching on MSc modules at IHI and GOS ICH. She is a member of UCL’s cross-faculty Health of the Public Early Careers Network committee.

Her fantastic application had “eight first author publications and 15 peer-reviewed publications with 288 citations”. She also has “a funding bid in progress for a fellowship and is leading a consortium of researchers to bid for £1.4 million from the Department of Education... [and has] a UCL Policy Engagement and Impact Fellowship.”

Louise: Thank you all for your help and support with my application. I appreciate it so much and am delighted to be part of such a positive and supportive Institute.

Prof Harry Hemingway, Institute Director: These are two terrific and very well-deserved promotions! Once the celebrations are over, we will move forward on further curating and supporting Louise and Rachel’s IHI careers.