UCL Research Domains


Domain staff

The Domain is led by Professor Trevor Smart and Dr Matt Wakelin, and is supported by a steering group made up of representatives from across UCL.

Professor Trevor Smart new

Professor Trevor Smart


Department of Neuroscience, Physiology & Pharmacology

Matt Wakelin

Dr Matt Wakelin

Neuroscience Strategy Coordinator

Office of the Vice Provost for Health

Since its inception, the Domain has coordinated a number of successful, collaborative interdisciplinary proposals such as the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre and the Wolfson Experimental Neurology Centre.

It has also developed a strong website presence that serves as a portal to neuroscience departments, research, training and events, as well as developing a comprehensive communication strategy (with over 2000 people now on our mailing list),

The Domain has also convened major events that bring together the community including the annual UCL Neuroscience Symposium and smaller more focused symposia and workshops  run by the UCL Neuroscience Careers Network (NCN).

Dr Matt Wakelin's primary role

  • Coordinates interdisciplinary, collaborative funding bids
  • Leads on driving and enhancing external (industry/university) collaborations
  • Encourages and facilitates cooperation and collaboration between those involved in neuroscience
  • Overall coordination/management of all Domain related business
  • Develops mutually beneficial relationships between the UCL Neuroscience community and external funding agencies (national and international)
  • Senior role in developing and implementing Neuroscience strategy across UCL
  • Ensures that neuroscience researchers are alerted to funding opportunities
  • Assists academics with the of grant applications as appropriate and when required.