SLMS Academic Careers Office
- Clinical Academic Training
- Biomedical Academic Training
- Grand Challenges
- 1. Bayesian Modelling of Disease Progression In juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM)
- 2. Mind-body interactions influencing the outcome of treatment for epilepsy
- 3. Treating retinal inflammation: bridging the divide between common problems in the eye and the brain
- 4. Development of a Novel In Vivo Animal Model for Schizophrenia Drug Testing
- 5. Immune mechanisms in Developmental Programming of Non-Alchoholic Fatty Liver Disease
- 8. Using social media big data to understand the genetic and environmental aetiology of mental health and disorder in emerging adulthood
- 9. Quantifying the potential impact of mobile health (M-Health) technologies on TB control in the EU
- 10. Molecular Control of Pain Processing
- 11. Understanding the mechanisms of insulin secretion in patients with HADH mutations
- 12. Origins of cortico-subthalamic “hyperdirect” pathway in the motor cortex: electrophysiology and imaging
- 13. The mechanical control of tissue regeneration.
- 14. Investigating community severance in Southend and its effects on health and access to healthcare
- 15. Ageing of the liver and protection from injury: from flies to mice to humans
- 16. Intelligent nanomaterials against antibiotic resistant bacteria
- 17. Retroviral restriction factors that control species-specific gene regulation and stem cell fate
- 18. Improving women’s choice and uptake of effective contraceptive methods through development of interactive digital interventions
- 19. From embryonic cell to neuron: understanding the complexity of developmental decisions
- 20. Identification of mitochondrial biomarkers and therapeutic targets in pancreatic cancer
- 21. Analysis of the performance of novel cardiac valve prosthesis: from standard experimental tests to patient-specific computational analyses
- 23. Television subtitling for deaf and hearing-impaired viewers: a route to improve English language skills for UK migrants with normal hearing
- 24. Large-scale phylogenomic mapping of domain architecture changes to elucidate gene function evolution
- 25. Calcium channel trafficking, nociceptive neurotransmission and mechanism of action of gabapentinoid drugs in mouse models of neuropathic pain
- 26. Real-time and nanometre-scale visualisation of membrane perforation in pathogen attack and immune response
- 22. Understanding the molecular mechanisms of pancreatic cancer progression
- 27. Forming a sensory map: the role of auditory and visual cues in the hippocampal representation of space
- 28. Functional effects of regulatory T cells on macrophage inflammatory responses to Streptococcus pneumoniae
- 29. Human amniotic fluid-derived induced pluripotent stem cells for the treatment of osteogenesis imperfecta.
- 31. Understanding the immunopathogenesis of juvenile-onset SLE: could targeting lipid biosynthesis control disease progression and reduce cardiovascular risk?
- 30. Shared Control Wheelchair Interfaces
- 32. Understanding the neurobiological effects of clinical photochemical internalisation in order to minimise nerve damage during treatment of cancer
- 33. Shedding light on the ethnic attainment gap: The influence of intercultural relations on students’ learning and performance
- 34. Patient-focused development of a versatile, wearable neurostimulation device to control urinary incontinence.
- 35. The development and evaluation of positive psychology outcome measures for people with dementia
- 36. Rehabilitation strategies to improve balance and prevent falls in people with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease
- 37. Monogenic human pain disorders: gene identification and characterization using mouse models
- What Students Say
- Current Student Projects
- Project Call 2014
- Sensory Systems and Therapies
- Sensory Systems and Therapies / IBME DPT
- Phd Programmes
- Graduate Funding
- ACO Features
Supervisor Pair: Dr Katherine Woolf and Dr Henry Potts
Potential Student’s Home Department: UCL Medical School
Across universities and disciplines, Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) ‘home’ students achieve lower grades than their white counterparts. Individual factors (e.g. previous attainment, deprivation) do not explain this ethnic attainment gap. We have previously found evidence of ethnically “segregated” (students’ words) student bodies; stereotyping of minority students; that students’ friends influenced their academic performance; and that students with more diverse friendships achieved higher grades. These patterns of friendships could explain the attainment gap by shedding light on the experiences of diverse students, and what can be done to support BME students achieving.
The project will use the new methods of quantitative and qualitative social network analysis (SNA) to understand how students’ social relations – with each other and the institution – affect experiences and attainment. We have carried out a baseline social network study of UCL medical students. The current project will follow this group, providing longitudinal data on how and why inter-ethnic friendships are formed and dissolved, and the influence this has on attainment. The study will involve interviews with students and statistical techniques used in social network analysis.
This project will help institutions understand barriers to intercultural understanding and how to overcome them by developing learning environments that support positive intercultural staff and student relations, and support BME students to achieve their potential. It will also develop methods and theory in social networks and higher education.