UCL Medical School


Who we are

The Student Support Service for the Medical School has 8 Student Support Tutors who offer support appointments daily, throughout the working week.

See the tutor and administrative staff profiles below

Student Support Tutors:

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.

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 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 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 Douglas 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.

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 enjoy teaching ad mentoring students, and am always keen to attract people into a career in paediatrics.

Dr Declan Chard

Dr Declan Chard…

Declan Chard is a Principal Clinical Research Associate in IoN – Neuroinflammation; Institute of Neurology; Faculty of Brain Sciences. He is also Student Support Tutor as well as the Elective Lead.

My research uses magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to provide new insights into the pathogenesis and pathophysiology of multiple sclerosis (MS), and translate these into more effective treatments and better care for people with MS. I am pursuing three main themes: 

  1. The evolution and clinical consequences of grey matter (GM) and superficial white matter (WM) pathology; 
  2. The development of novel MRI biomarkers for use in clinical studies and treatment trials;
  3. Identification of MRI prognostic markers in MS.
Dr Scott Rice

Dr Scott Rice

Dr Scott Rice is a Consultant Interventional Head & Neck Radiologist. He qualified in Dentistry at King’s College London, Medicine at Bart’s and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry and completed an academic fellowship and then higher training at UCLH and The Royal Free.

Scott is Honorary Associate Professor of Clinical Education at UCL. He holds an MA in Clinical Education from the UCL Institute of Education and has extensive undergraduate and postgraduate experience. He is the joint academic lead for Anatomy and Imaging on the UCL MBBS programme and MSc supervisor.

He is a current examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons of England (having previously been a lead examiner for both written and practical components) and sits on the sub-specialist panel of examiners for the Royal College of Radiologists.

Scott is passionate about supporting trainees at all levels of their career. He joined the Student Support team in 2018 as the Academic Lead for the MBBS Personal Tutor programme, supporting nearly 280 tutors across the entire MBBS programme. He holds support clinics on Tuesday afternoons.   

Professional Services Staff:

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 which includes managing the processes and records relating to:
Student-facing Student Support Team in responsibilities relating to:

  • Support Clinics
  • Compliance with MBBS Service Standards
  • Events
  • Personal Tutors
  • Transcripts (current and alumni students)
  • Visiting Elective Programme and website
  • Signposting and advising on elective approval

Processes and records relating to:

  • Close Supervision
  • Disclosure and Barring Service checks
  • Interruptions of Study/Withdrawals
  • Occupational Health clearance
  • Operational content of Student Support Web and Moodle Sites
  • Financial Assistance including scholarships and bursaries, elective bursaries, hardship funds
  • Extenuating Circumstances submissions for years 1,2,4,5 and 6
  • Special Assessment Arrangements
  • Student Support Cards
  • Transfer admissions to Year 4
  • Verification of qualification and Dean’s Letter

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


Student Support Administrator 

I joined Student Support in May of this year. 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, and wanted to help and interact with medical students as they progress through the years at UCL to become the next generation of doctors.

I am currently responsible for Years 4-6 in student support, manage the Personal Tutor scheme and also receive and monitor the Extenuating Circumstances submissions for Years 1,2,4,5 and 6. If you have any queries I'd be happy to meet you and be of assistance where I can as I enjoy meeting all of the new faces who walk through the Student Support door!