The Divisional Tutor's Office is made up of the MBBS Divisional Tutor and a team of MBBS Tutors, drawn from academic staff and clinicians, to provide a comprehensive service for medical students.
Please see the tutor and administrative staff profiles below for more information about our team.
The Divisional Tutor and MBBS Tutors:
Our team of MBBS Tutors host frequent clinics that students can book into. They offer advice and support on regulatory matters, each one having a specialised area. As a team, we intend to help you to succeed at UCLMS and will give clear and accessible advice.
Divisional Tutor's Office
- Dr Will Coppola - Divisional Tutor
- Miss Stella Ivaz - Deputy Divisional Tutor
- Dr Declan Chard - MBBS Tutor for Electives
- Dr Daniel Farrar - MBBS Tutor and Deputy Admissions Tutor
- Dr Adrian O'Gorman - MBBS Tutor for Course Interventions
- Dr Farah Paruk - MBBS Tutor for Health
- Prof David Walker - MBBS Fitness to Practise Lead
Professional Services Staff:
Our professional services team is available to provide advice on navigating the MBBS programme and to signpost sources of help, and you may speak to them for advice, and in confidence, at any time.
- Alison Crook
- Office of the Divisional Tutor Manager - TBC
- Sam Wootten
- Deborah Caleb
Dr Will Coppola - Divisional Tutor
Divisional Tutor and Sub-Dean, Clinical Associate Professor, BA, BMBCh, DRCOG, MRCGP, MA, SFHEA
I am keen to ensure that students have a rewarding, safe, and happy time at UCL and to make sure we work within the regulatory constraints of the MBBS. I am always willing to see students who would like my help.
I have interests in e-learning, medical education research, student mental health, primary care cardiovascular disease prevention, and am an author and standard-setter for the national PSA assessment. I enjoy cycling to work, and have previously climbed of all the Lake District Wainwright Hills!
Miss Stella Ivaz - Deputy Divisional Tutor
Clinical Associate Professor, Consultant Urologic
al Surgeon, MBBS, BMus (Hons), MA, MRCS, FRCS (Urol), PGCert HBE, FHEA
I am a Consultant Urological Surgeon with a specialist interest in reconstructive-urology, Female Urology and Andrology. I have completed my sub-specialty training in genitourinary reconstructive surgery at the Institute of Urology, UCLH London. My research interests is primarily focused on urethral stricture disease, bladder reconstruction, Incontinence and artificial urinary sphincter surgery.
At UCL in my Deputy Divisional Tutor role, I am responsible for Medical Personal Tutoring and Support service enhancement and for supporting students in areas relating to the additional regulatory requirements for medical students to be able to train in the NHS.
Student well-being is crucial when it comes to their academic performance. I understand the need to treat any issues the student has in a sensitive manner and with an empathic approach. Identifying any problems early allows for appropriate support measures to be put into place. I like to create a trusting environment where the students feel comfortable to come forward with any issues they may have however small or big they might be.
Dr Declan Chard - MBBS Tutor for Electives
Declan Chard is a Principal Clinical Research Associate at the UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, and an Honorary Consultant Neurologist at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square.
He has a long-standing interest in helping people to develop sustainable and rewarding medical careers, and as a post-graduate trainee he chaired the Royal College of Physicians Trainees Committee for several years.
He now contributes to the Divisional Tutor's Office at UCL Medical School, leading the electives programme. You can book with him to discuss:
- Elective planning (inc. costs, references, etc.)
- Elective approval for exceptional placements
- Your experience on your elective
Dr Adrian O'Gorman - MBBS Tutor for Course Interventions
Honorary Associate Clinical Professor, Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon BSc MBBS FRCS (Tr&Orth)
Adrian's close affiliation with UCL Medical School started as an undergraduate, studying medicine and qualifying in 1995. After becoming a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2006 and completing his higher surgical training, he was entered into the GMC Specialist Register in 2008. He was appointed Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Whittington Hospital in February 2009, with specialist interests including foot & ankle surgery and medical education.
Adrian has been the Academic Module Lead at the medical school since 2018 and was appointed MBBS Tutor for course interventions in 2022.
As the MBBS Tutor for course-related interventions, you can book with Dr O'Gorman to discuss:
- Assessment-related interventions (such as deferring)
- Exceptional leave approvals
- Extenuating Circumstances
- Special Circumstances (for placements and allocations)
- Interruptions of Study
- Medical School References
Dr Farah Paruk - MBBS Tutor for Health-related Matters
I have been a CPP tutor for over 10 years. I am a GP and currently also work in the out of hours service and family planning clinics. I am a GP trainer and I mentor internationally trained GPs. I studied medicine at the Royal Free and still live locally with my husband and 2 kids!
As the MBBS Tutor for health-related matters, you can book with Dr Paruk to discuss:
- Counselling referrals
- Occupational Health liaison and referrals
- Summary of Reasonable Adjustments (SoRAs) and Student Support Cards
- Special Examination Adjustments for Clinical and Professional Skills Assessments (CPSAs)
Dr Daniel Farrar - MBBS Tutor and Deputy Admissions Tutor
Consultant in Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine, Honorary Clinical Associate Professor at UCL, MBBS FRCA
Dr Farrar has been a consultant at UCLH since 2003 with particular interests in thoracic and craniofacial anaesthesia, and he is the clinical lead for surgical safety. He has a long involvement in education and training. Having worked as Foundation Training Programme Director and Lead for Foundation Simulation at UCLH, he was appointed Foundation School Director for North Central Thames and North East Central Foundation School. He has had many years of experience in supporting and managing medical students and foundation trainees.
As an MBBS Tutor and our Deputy Admissions Tutor, Dr Farrar has responsibilities that include:
- Supporting the Admissions Lead and processes including events and interviews
- Post examination counselling and exit interviews
- Monitoring support to study plans
- Year 6 support
Prof David Walker - MBBS Fitness to Practise Lead
I am a clinical academic who splits his time between working in Intensive Care Medicine and Perioperative Medicine at UCLH and working in research and education within the Division of Surgery, UCL. I run a number of MSc programmes and my main interest is the management of high-risk patients undergoing major surgery.
I have for some time been pleased to be involved with the support and mentorship of medical students in all 6 years of the programme, and enjoy meeting up and chatting to the next generation of doctors; it keeps me well educated also! Latterly I have taken on the role of Fitness to Practise Lead, where I have responsibility for:
- Investigating concerns over medical students' professional behaviour(s) including conduct and health
- Making referrals and preparing cases and associated documentation for initial Fitness to Practise Panels, and presenting cases at initial Fitness to Practise panels
- Processing referrals and preparing cases and required documentation for full Fitness to Practise panels, and presenting cases to full Fitness to Practise Panel hearings
- Monitoring compliance with any FtP conditions imposed on a student
Professional Services Staff:
Alison Crook - Head of MBBS Student Support and Records
I have been with UCLMS for 21 years and have long experience and in-depth knowledge of curriculum and assessment administration as well as medical student support services and records, having worked closely with the MBBS Senior Leadership Team and Divisional Tutors for many years.
TBC - Office of the Divisional Tutor Manager
Sam Wootten - Office of the Divisional Tutor Administrator
Before this, I graduated from the University of Essex in 2018 with a degree in Psychology and went on to graduate in 2019 with a Master's degree in Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychology. Prior to this role I worked in two separate customer service roles in retail and insurance, which allowed me to meet many interesting people and develop my interpersonal skills!
Using my experience in these roles and degrees, I pursued a career in Higher Eduction to provide support and advice to students.
Currently, my responsibilities include booking follow-up appointments, sending appointment notes and managing the inbox.
I understand and empathise with the concerns and difficulties that are faced in studying for a degree. If you ever have any concerns, please come to myself or the team and we will look into how to best resolve them, to allow you to reach your potential.
Deborah Caleb - Medical Student Admissions and Visiting Electives Manager
In my role as Medical Student Admissions & Visiting Electives Manager, I am responsible for the management and operational running of Multiple Mini Interviews for prospective medical students, and the Visiting Electives programme. I have a background in Biomedical Science and Global Health so I'm keen on widening participation in higher education, and in the healthcare system.