UCL Medical School


Who we are

The Student Support Service for the Medical School has 9 Student Support Tutors who offer support appointments daily, throughout the working week.

See the tutor and administrative staff profiles below

Student Support Tutors:

Professional Services Staff:


Dr Will Coppola

Dr Will Coppola…

Divisional Tutor and Sub-Dean, Senior Lecturer in Primary Care As the Divisional tutor

I am the lead for medical student support, Fitness to Practice, student progression, and am involved in admissions and assessment, and many matters student focused.

I am keen to ensure that students have a rewarding, safe, and happy time at UCL that as much as possible meets their needs, within the regulatory constraints to which we must operate. 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 just completed my first ascent of all the Lake District Wainwright hills.



Miss Stella Ivaz

Miss Stella Ivaz

Associate Clinical Professor and Deputy Divisional Tutor 

Consultant Urological 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 I am the deputy lead for medical student support, Fitness to Practice and student progression. I am passionate about helping and supporting students to achieve their full potential. We are here to ensure that our students are having a rewarding, safe and happy time and are ready to be doctors who thrive in the modern healthcare environment. I would be delighted to see any students who would like my help or advice. 

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 

Dr Declan Chard…

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 student support service at UCL Medical School, leading the electives programme. His research and clinical focus is on neuroinflammatory disorders, in particular multiple sclerosis. He regularly supervises students undertaking research, including intercalated BSc, MSc and PhD candidates.



Dr Bernard Davis

Bernard Davis

Bernard qualified from the University of Ghana Medical School in 1986 and trained as a haematologist at the Whittington and UCLH. After completing doctoral level research at UCL, he was appointed as a consultant haematologist at the Whittington in 2001, followed by honorary consultant appointments at UCLH and the Royal Free Hospital. 

Bernard has a keen interest in both undergraduate and postgraduate medical education. He has been involved in the MBBS programme at UCL Medical School as an Honorary Clinical Associate Professor since 2002, overseeing the delivery of haematology teaching at the Archway campus and heading up various teaching firms.

He has also served in the role of Personal Tutor during this period, providing academic and pastoral support to students. At postgraduate level, he has supported many haematology registrars and core medical trainees as an educational supervisor.

Bernard loves nothing more than to teach and mentor medical students and is always happy to engage with and help students as much as he can.



Professor Lionel Ginsberg

Professor Lionel Ginsberg…

Professor Lionel Ginsberg is a Student Support Tutor and holds a support clinic every Tuesday morning.

His other main role in UCL Medical School is as Academic Lead for Year 2 of the MB BS programme. Clinically, he works as a Consultant Neurologist at the Royal Free Hospital and on the Hyper Acute Stroke Unit (HASU) at UCLH.

Prof Ginsberg is proud to participate in student support in the Medical School and has been doing so for twelve years. He finds it particularly rewarding to follow and supervise students from the point where they are experiencing difficulties through to their graduation.



Dr Amali Lokugamage 

Dr Amali Lokugamage…

Dr Amali Lokugamage MBChB, BSc, MSc (Epidemiology), MD, FRCOG, SFHEA, is a Consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist in London, UK.

She has over 26 years of experience in the speciality. Her main clinical interests lie in medical gynaecology and general obstetrics with expertise in normalising birth. She is well published and an internationally invited speaker at many multidisciplinary Birth conferences. 

She was given a University College London Excellence in Medical Education award in 2015. She has led a patient engagement/patient experience project, Footprints of Birth, which developed an educational tool to evoke empathy, compassion and an awareness of human rights in healthcare in health professionals. She has several medical educational leadership roles at University College London Medical School in undergraduate women’s health, clinical & professional practice and student support.

In London, she leads an NHS maternity acupuncture service. She is a Trustee of the Birthlight Trust. Dr Lokugamage also has expertise in the treatment of chronic illness integrating both standard and complementary medicine modalities in a patient centred approach.



Dr Judith Meek

Dr Judith Meek…

Dr Judith Meek is a consultant neonatologist at UCLH.

I qualified from UCL in 1987. before that I studied physics and then medical physics. I was a student for 12 years ! I love my job on the neonatal unit and am lucky to have collaborated with several friends in UCL researching into perinatal neuroprotection and pain in the neonate.

I am very committed to student wellbeing and I enjoy meeting students both as a teacher and a support tutor.



Dr Carolyn Paul

Dr Carolyn Paul…

I qualified as a doctor at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in 1988 and have been working at the Whittington Hospital as a consultant obstetrician, with an interest in fetal medicine, since 2001. I also work for one session each week in the Fetal Medicine Unit at University College Hospital.

I have been a student support tutor at UCL medical school for almost 3 years. As the mother of two teenagers I have some understanding of the pressures and demands facing students and young adults in London. I hope to be able to help students who need support, guidance or even just an opportunity to vent.



Dr Doug Pendse 

Dr Douglas Pendse…

Doug is a Consultant radiologist at University College London Hospitals and a graduate of University of Birmingham Medical School (2001). Having completed surgical training in Oxford Deanery, Doug moved to UCL in 2006 to embark upon a career in imaging research. After doctoral-level research in image-guided ablation he was awarded the first NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship in radiology in 2007. Combining clinical training in radiology with translational MRI research, Doug was awarded FRCR and subsequently appointed as a post-doctoral NIHR Clinical Lecturer at UCL in 2012. Since 2014 Doug has been a Consultant at UCLH, specialising in urological imaging and interventional radiology.

With a long track record of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, Doug understands the importance of non-clinical teaching and coaching - something often neglected in medical training. He is committed to the belief that senior doctors can make a real difference to the careers of medical students and junior doctors through mentorship and personal development programmes.

Doug has been a personal tutor to students on the MB BS course for many years and now works as a Student Support tutor at the Medical School.




Professional Services Staff:


Alison Crook

Head of MBBS Student Support 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 and Support Tutors for many years.



Purvangi Dave

Purvangi Dave…

Student Records and Support Manager

I joined UCL Medical School in 2011 and have worked in the curriculum, assessments and student support areas. Prior to UCL I worked at the British Council, Royal College of Paediatrics and the General Dental Council so have a good understanding of working with students at all levels (school age, undergraduate and postgraduate) in an international, regulatory and university context. What inspires and satisfies me most is interacting with students and helping them achieve their goals during their MBBS at UCL Medical School as they progress to become one of tomorrow’s doctors .  

I am responsible for the operational running of student support services.

I would be delighted to meet you and advise you of the various avenues of support available to you as you progress through the years of your MBBS course. If I am not able to help I will certainly direct you to who would be the best person to contact.

I encourage you to come and meet the support team and touch base with us so you know where we are and learn more about our services. 



 Katie Baillie

Katie Baillie

I joined UCLMS Student Support in May 2019 and became the Y1 Student Success Adviser in October 2020. Prior to this role I worked as an entertainment journalist with a focus on music and soaps (you can ask me absolutely anything about Neighbours!) but decided on a move to higher education having enjoyed my own time at university so much, as well as wanting to explore working in well-being and mental health support. I act as a point of contact for all Year 1 students needing further support, through which I help discuss their university experience, identify opportunities for personal development or talk through any concerns they may have. I enjoy interacting with students and get a great deal of satisfaction in helping them achieve their goals!

The role of the SSA involves:

  • Advising on achieving a positive well-being
  • Offering mental health support and signposting to further support where necessary
  • Signposting to other UCL resources 
  • Advising on SoRAs, Extenuating Circumstances, bursaries etc.


Ellie Weale

Student Support Administrator Ellie Weale

I joined the UCLMS Student Support team in November 2020, and before that I graduated from Oxford in July 2020 with a degree in Ancient Modern History. Having been a student so recently myself, I really empathise with the challenges that students face, especially with Covid-19, but also know how amazing the student experience can be when you are well supported.

I am responsible for the Student Support inbox and TEAMS phone line, so I'll likely be your first point of contact with Student Support. I'll do my best to help with anything, from listening to your worries and guiding you where you need to go, answering your queries, to booking appointments with other members of the team. I also send out the notes from Support meetings and book follow-up appointments if needed. Student Support covers a whole host of things and it's really rewarding to get to know students and help them out of difficulties - I've been there and I know how hard it can be, but there's always someone who can support you. Any questions, worries or concerns, big or small, please get in touch and I'm happy to help.