UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology


Pat Harris

Pat Harris (1931 - 2019) was Assistant Secretary for Students at UCL Queen Square Institute Neurology until 1989.

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After leaving school Pat took a secretarial course before working at the Middlesex hospital where she trained as an audiological technician, performing speech and hearing tests. After a spell of secretarial work she joined the Institute of Neurology at Queen Square, and in 1973 she was appointed Academic Registrar. 

A large part of Pat’s job involved looking after doctors who came from overseas to train in neurology. She acted as “confidante, friend and adviser of whole generations of students from all over the world”. Altogether Pat spent 23 years at Queen Square. After retirement Pat set up the Queen Square Alumnus Association https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ion/alumnus-association and edited 29 editions keeping alumni updated on news from Queen Square and the wider neurological community.

When she left, she donated a sum of money as an annual award to the student with the highest overall mark for the Diploma in Clinical Neurology. This prize was given each year from 1989 until 2011.

Upon her death, Pat left a very generous legacy that created four, 4-year studentships in Neurodegenerative disease.


Queen Square: A History of the National Hospital and its Institute of Neurology https://www.nationalbrainappeal.org/product/queen-square-history-book/