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Meet the Brunel Medical School Team

 

Leadership team 

Professor Naomi Low-Beer
Professor Naomi Low-Beer
Dean, Brunel Medical School
As Dean, Naomi provides academic and professional leadership, shaping and leading the development of Brunel’s undergraduate medical programme. Naomi brings to the School over 30 years of experience in clinical practice, research, education and leadership – most recently as Vice-Dean of Education and Professor of Medical Education at the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (LKCMedicine) in Singapore, a partnership between Imperial College London and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
Professor Michael Ferenczi
Professor Michael Ferenczi
Professor of Medical Sciences, Director of Academic Affairs and Academic Lead for Admissions
Michael is leading the Admissions selection process in the new Medical School, and also recruits academic and clinician educators. He joined Brunel Medical School in November 2020 when he returned to the UK after eight years in Singapore where he contributed to the development of the new Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine at Nanyang Technological University, in partnership with Imperial College London. Michael trained in physiology at University College London and developed a life-long interest in the study of the mechanism of muscle contraction. He spent three years at the University of Pennsylvania before taking up a research position at the MRC National Institute for Medical Research in London. He was appointed Professor of Physiological Sciences at Imperial College London in where he took on leadership responsibilities in medical education, prior to moving to Singapore in 2012.
Bridget Boylan
Bridget Boylan
Director of Operations
Prior to joining the Medical School Bridget delivered high profile projects and change programmes at seven universities in London: Brunel, Imperial, UCL, University of London, University of Westminster and City University. Bridget has overall responsible for the smooth running of the non-academic side of the Medical School. This includes the buildings and spaces used, the business processes, the digital systems, the staff management and financial management including procurement.
Professor Abbas Khakoo
Professor Abbas Khakoo
Director of Clinical Affairs
Abbas achieved a Law degree at Cambridge and went on to complete his Medical degree (BMBCh) at Oxford. His expertise and interests are in Paediatrics and clinically led service improvements. He has been a Consultant in Paediatrics since 1996 working at The Hillingdon Hospitals (THH) NHS Foundation Trust and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, and between 2013-2019 was Executive Medical Director at THH, and is currently the Clinical lead for the new Hospital build. In his current role, Abbas is the lead for developing strong clinical partnerships with local health education providers to ensure high quality clinical placements, and that senior clinicians are involved to help shape the development and delivery of the MBBS curriculum.
Dr Lisa Jackson
Dr Lisa Jackson
Director of Medical Education and Academic Lead for Quality
Prior to joining Brunel Medical School, Dr Jackson was Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where she developed the Family Medicine clinical curriculum including the use of Team Based Learning as the core teaching method. She has been a practicing GP in both the UK and Dubai, and she spent 16 years at Norwich Medical School from its inception as an innovative school using Problem Based Learning and early clinical exposure from year one. She has 20 years experience teaching consultation skills, and has also been a GP postgraduate trainer. Dr Jackson's current role at BMS involves oversight of the MBBS teaching programme including consultation skills, early primary care clinical placements, clinical skills, and has responsibility for quality management of the curriculum.
Dr Ian Goodman
Dr Ian Goodman
Director of Primary Care Strategy
Ian qualified in Medicine (MB BChir) from Cambridge University. Following his training he became a GP Principal in Northwood Middlesex and has been a partner in this practice since 1986. He was an accredited GP trainer for 27 years. His clinical interests are the use of digital innovations in General Practice, effective management of practices, Internal medicine, care of the elderly and paediatrics. Currently he is the Borough Medical director for Hillingdon. Before that he was the Chair of Hillingdon Clinical Commissioning Group from 2012-2020. Ian holds several other leadership roles in the NW London health sector and has taken a major interest in healthcare computerisation and data management. He was computer advisor for NHS Hillingdon Family Health services authority and Primary Care trust (1988-2011) and led the NW London project to computerise General Practice in the 1990s. Ian was a member of the NHS Security and Confidentiality Committee. In his role as Director of Primary Strategy at BMS he will be building relationships between the Medical School and local General Practices and Primary care organisations to ensure students get high quality teaching in Primary Care.

 

Academic & Clinical team 

Dr Margaret Gatumu
Dr Margaret Gatumu
Lead for Anatomy
Prior to joining Brunel Medical School, Margaret was the inaugural Head of Anatomy at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) Medical School. At ARU Margaret led and taught anatomy and histology using full-body dissection of Thiel-embalmed cadaveric specimens and virtual microscopy. Before that, Margaret taught medical, dental and veterinary students anatomy, histology, oral biology and physiology at University of Bristol for a number of years. Margaret trained in dentistry, has a PhD in immunology and is a senior fellow of AdvanceHE. As Lead for Anatomy, Margaret has overall responsibility for anatomy, working with clinicians and scientists in the development and delivery of Brunel Medical School’s innovative curriculum.
Dr Preman Rajalingam
Dr Preman Rajalingam
Team-Based Learning (TBL) Consultant
Preman in an educational scholar and expert in active, blended and collaborative approaches in higher education. As TBL consultant at Brunel Medical School, he will support the setup and faculty development for this pedagogical approach. He was previously assistant Dean for Educational Development at the Lee Kong Chian school of Medicine in Singapore, a partnership between Imperial College London and Nanyang Technological University. Here he was responsible for setting up TBL across the whole institution. Currently he is head of the Teaching, Learning and Pedagogy Division at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Dr Dilshani Hunukumbure
Dr Dilshani Hunukumbure
Lead for Clinical Skills
Dilshani is a clinician and a medical educator and she has worked in the NHS for nearly 20 years. Her previous roles involved teaching and overseeing the delivery of clinical skills and clinical examinations to medical students of Imperial College London during their clinical placements at Hillingdon Hospital. Dilshani also played a lead role in the development of multiple simulation courses and has conducted numerous medical educational research studies. As the Lead for Clinical Skills Dilshani has the overall responsibility for the delivery of clinical examination and procedural skills and ensuring students achieve the GMC outcomes by the time of their graduation.
Dr Pritti Vaghani
Dr Pritti Vaghani
Head of Primary Care
As member of Brunel Medical School’s education leadership team, Pritti contributes to the educational strategy of the School. Responsible for leading the development and delivery of MBBS primary care curriculum; working closely with local GP practices, ensuring MBBS students have primary care placements throughout the programme. Pritti is a Physician Associate, Lecturer at Brunel University London, responsible for teaching and placements. Also, a Portfolio GP providing clinical support and delivering service improvements and previously within my roles as a Macmillan GP, Named GP Safeguarding Adults & Children, Training Hub Programme Manager, and Chair Safeguarding Children Partnership Board.
Shafeena Anas
Shafeena Anas
TBL Facilitator and ​Lead for Equality, Diversity ​and Inclusion​
Shafeena has 16 years of experience in Higher Education in academia and professional services and is a Doctoral Researcher.
Professor Peter Abrahams
Professor Peter Abrahams
Visiting Professor
Peter is a National Teaching Fellow and Life Fellow, Girton College, Cambridge. He is also Professor 'Emeritus' of Clinical Anatomy at Warwick Medical School and a visiting professor at LKC School of Medicine NTU Singapore. Peter's publication - Weir and Abrahams 'imaging Atlas of Human Anatomy, 6th edition' was the winner in basic and clinical research books at the BMA awards 2021. 900 medical texts were submitted for 14 different prizes in all aspects of medicine. At Brunel Medical School Peter is a visiting professor.
Katherine Smith
Katherine Smith
Senior Lecturer and Academic Lead for Student Support
Katherine completed her PhD in Respiratory Medicine, in University College Dublin (UCD), investigating the role of hypoxia and hypercapnia in the setting of chronic lung diseases such as COPD. Following a post-doctoral research fellow position, Katherine was appointed lecturer in Medicine, specialising in Cardiorespiratory Physiology. She became Head of Teaching and Learning and Director of the Physiology programme at the School of Medicine, UCD. At Brunel Medical School, Katherine is Senior Lecturer and Academic Lead for Student Support, adopting a pro-active approach to student support and well-being in the School. She is also Academic Lead for the SSC Module (Student Selected Components) and will be teaching Blood, Circulation and Respiratory TBL sessions.
Dr Manraj Gill
Dr Manraj Gill
Medical Education Fellow
Manraj’s previous experience is in medical school teaching and assessments. She currently works as a GP within the North West London area. At Brunel Medical School she is actively involved in planning, development and review of educational material throughout the MBBS course. She also works and liaises with the medical school team and facilitators.
Dr Anshuni Kaneria
Dr Anshuni Kaneria
Deputy Curriculum Development Lead
Anshuni was previously a medical fellow at Imperial College London. Currently she is doing a Specialty Training Programme in Palliative Medicine in London NW Deanery. At Brunel Medical School Anshuni develops and builds the curriculum across all Years, integrates across the curriculum teams as well as embeds the School’s principles of interprofessional learning and equality, diversity and inclusion.
Dr Meera Rajah
Dr Meera Rajah
Lead for Community Placement
Previously Meera was Course Leader at Imperial College London. At Brunel medical School she works in the Primary Care team to help develop the primary care curriculum
Dr Camille Gajria
Dr Camille Gajria
Lead for Primary Care Projects
Camille is a GP and an academic tutor at Imperial College School of Medicine. She is also Education Lead for RCGP NW London faculty, and a clinical associate at Primary Care International. Camille values medicine practiced holistically, which comes not from a particular single system but just through interest in people and critical engagement with knowledge. This is the approach she hopes to maintain in her role at Brunel. This involves creating opportunities for students to creatively integrate their learning across the curriculum in authentic projects that impact patients, staff, society, and themselves.
Dr Sophie Billington
Dr Sophie Billington
Lead for Clinical Communication Skills
Sophie is a UK trained GP with over 25 years’ experience in clinical practice and education. She has worked in a variety of settings and specialities including the NHS, Royal Air Force, non-profit organisations and at the University of Cape Town medical school as a facilitator in problem-based learning and lead for second year clinical skills. As lead for Clinical Communication at Brunel medical school Sophie is responsible for supporting students in developing their communication and consulting skills across the 5-year curriculum, integrating medical knowledge with effective communication. Embedding the core professional values of kindness, empathy, compassionate curiosity, trustworthiness, respect and humility into the curriculum, Sophie hopes to shape the kind of doctors that Brunel medical students will ultimately become, whilst also ensuring students achieve the GMC professional skills outcomes by the time of their graduation.
Dr Aaron James Sharma Hewitt
Dr Aaron James Sharma Hewitt
Honorary Lecturer (Medical Education) & Course Director – Resuscitation for Medical Disciplines (RMD)
Aaron graduated from the University of Bristol with a BSc (Hons.) degree in Physiological Science before completing his medical MBChB degree also at the University of Bristol. He is a practising medical doctor who is undergoing his postgraduate speciality training in Anaesthetics at the Central London School of Anaesthesia. He has extensive experience in teaching and mentoring students across a range of curricula and pedagogy and has been awarded Membership of the Academy of Medical Educators. He started work at the Medical School as a Medical Education Fellow working within the remit of Clinical Practice designing and developing new teaching resources. He continues to work as an Honorary Lecturer in Medical Education at Brunel Medical School around his clinical work in Anaesthesia. Aaron is the founding Course Director of Resuscitation for Medical Disciplines (RMD), a European resuscitation Council (ERC) accredited teaching programme, delivering Basic Life Support resuscitation training through interprofessional near-peer teaching and assessment. The RMD programme delivers resuscitation training to the Medicine, Nursing and Physician Associate degree programmes and forms a pillar for interprofessional learning across the College of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences.
Professor Roger Neighbour, OBE
Professor Roger Neighbour, OBE
Visiting Professor of Medical Education
Roger has had a long career as a general practitioner, GP trainer and Chief Examiner for the MRCGP. He was President of the Royal College of General Practitioners from 2003 to 2006. He has written a number of influential books on medical consultation theory and practice, including 'The Inner Consultation', 'The Inner Apprentice', 'The Inner Physician' and 'Consulting in a Nutshell'.
Elizabeth Prabhakar
Elizabeth Prabhakar
Academic Head of MBBS Phase 1
Elizabeth is an experienced educator with lead roles at previous medical and dental schools, Barts and The London, Malta Campus and Plymouth University. She has co-edited and co-authored a textbook, Essentials of Physiology for Dental Students. Recently, she has collaborated with a fellow scientist to pioneer the use of simulation based teaching in early years medical and science education. As Academic Head of Phase 1 Elizabeth has a student facing role with student engagement in teaching and learning at the heart of her interests. The integration of science and technology in advancing healthcare education is another aspect that she is involved in developing. Elizabeth’s research area focuses on evidence based medical education.
Dr Hameed Khan
Dr Hameed Khan
Medical Education Fellow
Hameed has previously worked as a Senior House Officer in various hospitals across London. He is currently working at Brunel as a Medical Education Fellow within the Curriculum Development Team and plans to pursue a clinical career with medical education alongside.
Mark Packer
Mark Packer
Academic Head of Digital Education
Prior to joining Brunel Medical School, Mark was the Information and Communications Technology Lead at Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) before its opening in 2003, creating and developing the many innovative IT and AV systems throughout BSMS’ until 2021. Before that, Mark worked at Guy's, King's and St Thomas' Medical School at King’s College London from 1991. As Academic Head of Digital Education Mark has overall responsibility for the digital ecosystem of technologies and tools which underpin and enable the delivery of learning and teaching within Brunel Medical School’s innovative curriculum.
Dr Senita Mountjoy
Dr Senita Mountjoy
Head of Curriculum Development
Dr Chinedu Agwu
Dr Chinedu Agwu
Lecturer (Education) in Biosciences
Chinedu completed her PhD in Women’s health in Manchester University, investigating the acute and chronic effects of statins on vascular function in Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy, with a major focus on Pre-eclampsia. Following this, she spent some time working as an associate medical writer for a private healthcare communications company where she created oncology related scientific content for pharmaceutical companies such as MSD and Incyte. In 2021, Chinedu returned to Academia and worked part-time as a Teaching Fellow in Biosciences and Admissions Tutor at the University of Hertfordshire and part-time as a Scientist TBL Educator creating curriculum content for the new medical school at Brunel University London. At Brunel Medical School, Chinedu is a Lecturer (Education) in Biosciences, Lead for the Data interpretation MMI station and a House tutor, she will also be teaching in "Introduction to Medical Sciences" and "Reproduction, Growth and Ageing" TBL Sessions.
Dr Ian Jenkins
Dr Ian Jenkins
Lecturer (Education) in Anatomy and Deputy Lead for Anatomy
Ian did both of his science degrees and his training in Dental Surgery at Bristol University. He did his anatomy PhD at the University of Cambridge. Ian is an exceptionally experienced university teacher in anatomy and zoology and has taught both extensively over the past 28 years. He is a lifelong anatomist, specialising in this subject at a very early stage in his university career and has taught every form of anatomy: clinical, dental, veterinary, vertebrate, biomechanical, palaeontological bioarchaeological and evolutionary etc. He also has huge experience of teaching zoology through his expertise in vertebrate anatomy. Ian has taught and conducted research at the Universities of Bristol, Cambridge, UCL, Reading and most recently Southampton. Ian ceased active research 18 years ago and since then he has focussed his energies on university teaching. This has been predominantly clinical anatomy. He is a chartered biologist, chartered scientist and a chartered science teacher. At Brunel he is deputy lead for anatomy and lead for year 2 anatomy; he responsible for helping to deliver high-quality anatomical teaching via the Clinical Anatomy Suite (CAS) and TBL sessions.
Dr Sheila Uppal
Dr Sheila Uppal
Deputy Head of Primary Care and Lead for GP Engagement & Training
Sheila is a GP, GP appraiser, Lead for Domestic Violence & Abuse and Senior Clinical Tutor at Imperial College London. Having taught undergraduate students in the General Practice setting for several years, Sheila went on to work as Year 3 Course Lead for Primary Care at Imperial during implementation of the learning & teaching strategy and curriculum review, the emphasis being on facilitating student learning rather than didactic delivery of content. At Brunel Medical School, Sheila works with leads across the school, focussing on the active learning component in teaching, feedback and assessment, as well as engaging and training our growing number of GP educators who provide essential experiential, transformative learning opportunities for our students.
Mariama Marfo
Mariama Marfo
Medical Education Fellow
Mariama obtained her MBBS from King's College London School of Medicine and a BA in Medical Humanities from Bristol University. Before joining Brunel, she was working as a medical trainee in various hospitals in South-East London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex. At Brunel Medical school she is helping to create, develop and review content and is currently a member of both the curriculum development team and the communications team. She hopes to guide Brunel students to become empathetic, inquisitive and well-rounded doctors.
Dr Sinthuja Neminathan-Patel
Dr Sinthuja Neminathan-Patel
Medical Education Fellow
Dr Sinthuja is currently working as a GP alongside this role. She completed a medical education BSc during medical school (Barts and The London), which led her to present my dissertation at the AMEE conference in Milan (2014). She studied educational theories in depth, as well as assessments and feedback during her BSc year. At BMS she is working closely with the primary care team to design the curriculum and assessments. She is also involved in communication and clinical skills teaching.
Dr Mohammed Abdu
Dr Mohammed Abdu
Medical Education Fellow
Mohammed graduated from the University of Birmingham with a MBChB degree and a BMedSc in Public Health and Population Sciences. During this time, he was involved in teaching Basic Life Support as well as exploring interests in Global Health travelling and working in Malawi, Tanzania and Sudan, where he is originally from. He completed his foundation training programme in the West Midlands before moving to London, where he is a practicing doctor in a GP Specialty Training programme. He has a variety of teaching experience as a UCL Clinical Tutor, OSCE examiner as well as experience as a GMC pilot examiner. Currently, he combines his clinical commitments with working at Brunel and is passionate about widening access to Medicine. At Brunel Mohammed is currently involved in admissions selection, curriculum development as well as the delivery of clinical skills and medical humanities teaching.
Dr Anish Puri
Dr Anish Puri
Medical Education Fellow
Anish graduated with a medical degree in addition to a bachelor’s degree in physiology from King’s College London. Following this, he joined the NHS workforce during the height of the COVID pandemic in 2020. He went on to complete his foundation training at St Peter’s Hospital, where he worked under multiple specialties. At Brunel, Anish wishes to bring his experience of the NHS workforce to aid the development of students into compassionate and competent foundation doctor’s. His current roles within Brunel Medical School include working with the curriculum development team, creating clinical guides and delivering small group anatomy and clinical skills teaching.
Dr Krupa Badiani
Dr Krupa Badiani
Medical Education Fellow
Krupa obtained an MBChB from the University of Manchester and an intercalated BSc in Endocrinology from King’s College London. Prior to joining Brunel University, she had completed her foundation training in the North West London deanery and has continued to work part time as a medical doctor. At Brunel, Krupa is involved with delivering anatomy and clinical skills teaching as well as contributing to curriculum development. Alongside working as a Medical Education Fellow, Krupa is undertaking a course with the Medical Education Research Unit (MERU) of Imperial College London, working towards gaining Membership of the Academy of Medical Educators.
Dr Sarah Saadat
Dr Sarah Saadat
Medical Education Fellow
Sarah graduated with a BSc in Biomedical Sciences from King's College London, prior to obtaining her MBChB from the University of Bristol. She has completed her foundation training in hospitals across South London and Surrey. Alongside working as a Medical Education Fellow, she is undertaking a Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education at Brighton and Sussex Medical school. As part of her role at Brunel Medical School, she is assisting with anatomy, histology and clinical skills teaching, as well as working on curriculum development.
Dr Anu Vallipuram
Dr Anu Vallipuram
Medical Education Fellow
Anu graduated from Imperial College London with a MBBS degree and a BSc (Hons) degree in Endocrinology. Prior to joining Brunel Medical School, she completed her foundation training programme in the South Thames deanery and worked in multiple specialties. At Brunel, she is currently involved in curriculum development, medical school admissions and delivering anatomy and clinical skills teaching.

 

Professional Services & Technical teams

Chris Holloway
Chris Holloway
Marketing Manager
Chris's career in marketing began over 10 years ago; he has worked in various marketing positions across private and public sectors. Chris’s area of expertise lies in building brands, digital and content marketing and launching new educational programmes. Chris was heavily involved in the successful launch and development of Queen Mary’s new Medical School in Malta which welcomes its third cohort of students this year. As the Marketing Manager at Brunel Medical School, Chris has overall responsibility of writing and implementing the recruitment strategy. The main goal - to recruit a cohort of international students onto Brunel's new Medicine MBBS programme.
Emily Griffiths
Emily Griffiths
Recruitment and Selection Manager
Emily has worked in education for seven years. She has worked in areas from accommodation, immigration, admissions, to helping large international school groups book education trips to the UK; so she understands the student experience! Emily has enjoyed travelling all over the world meeting potential and previous students from the schools she has worked for. As Recruitment and Selection Manager at Brunel Medical School Emily is responsible for helping applicants apply, get through the interview process and ultimately enrol onto the MBBS programme.
Alison Russell
Alison Russell
Recruitment and Selection Administrator
Alison’s background with Brunel goes back to 1995 when she joined as Assistant to the Head of Public Relations. She later joined the Events team co-ordinating graduation ceremonies and the 40th and 50th anniversary celebrations. In 2008 Alison joined the Development and Alumni Relations Office where she raised over £1million for scholarships for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Since joining Brunel Medical School in March 2021, Alison helps co-ordinate the applicant journey from initial enquiry through to enrolment.
Lillian DeSouza-Vastani
Lillian DeSouza-Vastani
Department Assistant Administrator
Previously Lillian was a Student Programmes Administrator with specific duties relating to the Division of Psychology at Brunel University. This was a student facing role and she was the first point of contact for students studying Psychology for Level 6. As a Department Assistant Administrator, Lillian works alongside the Department Administrator to manage the department as a whole. Her main responsibilities are diary and administrative support to the Core Leadership Team who include the Chief Operating Officer and Director of Academic Affairs. She is also involved in Human Resources processes, supporting the set up of the new Medical School, liaising with internal and external stakeholders, budget management and events.
Nick Fisher
Nick Fisher
Specialist in Digital Healthcare Education
Nick joined Brunel Medical School in 2021 from the University of West London where he was employed as a Designer of Digital Education. He has spent over a decade working in a variety of technology-enhanced learning settings primarily in the fields of medical education. These include roles as Lead Instructional Designer in the NHS and postgraduate education settings internationally. Nick’s responsibilities in his current role include supporting staff and students on the digital tools used in teaching and learning. He is also involved in the design and development of digital learning initiatives that will underpin the Brunel Medical School curriculum.
Paminder Midha
Paminder Midha
Placement Partnership Manager
Prior to joining Brunel, Pam worked with various NHS partners for over 15 years supporting workstreams and NHS frameworks across the UK. In addition she managed the very first Master Vendor contracts in the UK supporting Trusts across NWL, SEL and Mid-Essex for the provision of Doctors, Nursing staff and Allied Health Professionals. As part of the Brunel Medical School team her role includes engagement with primary and secondary care providers, to support the placement of students commencing 2022.
Areena Sayers
Areena Sayers
Curriculum and Placement Administrator, Years 1 & 2
Areena’s initial focus is to support the Curriculum Development Team in the development of the curriculum and ensure that all working group deadlines are met, establishing effective workstreams and processes, facilitating the production of course materials and documentation and provide minute-taking duties for governance meetings.
Helen Lewis
Helen Lewis
Education Quality Manager
Helen has worked in medical education at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Prior to joining Brunel Medical School, she worked at UCL for more than 5 years. For the majority of that time, she was the Quality Assurance Manager at UCL Medical School, but also undertook a one-year’s secondment at the Eastman Dental Institute. Before that, she was the Quality Assurance Manager at the Royal College of Surgeons. As Education Quality Manager, Helen leads the team responsible for promoting high standards and good practice across all the teaching, learning and assessment activities for the MBBS programme.
Tom Howes
Tom Howes
Principal Technical Manager
Tom joined Brunel Medical School in June 2021 having previously held the role of Chief Technician (Physiology) within the College of Health, Medical & Life Sciences here at Brunel. Before moving to Brunel in 2016, Tom also worked as a Technical Lead at the University of Brighton. Tom is responsible for the provision of technical support for teaching and learning activities across the School including the management, care and maintenance of all physical resources and facilities. Tom also plays an active role in maintaining health and safety standards within the School and the management of human tissue and anatomical specimen.
Jas Dhillon
Jas Dhillon
Senior Student Programmes Manager
Before taking up the post for Senior Student Programmes Manager, Jas was the Project Officer for the Medical School, coordinating the early stages of the GMC approvals process. Prior to this, Jas worked at St George’s University London, managing the central exams team within Registry, primarily focussed on their medical assessments. As Senior Student Programmes Manager, Jas will manage the Taught Programmes Office, which will coordinate the Curriculum, Placements and Examinations and Assessments for the Medical School. This is a student facing role and the team will be the first point of contact for students in the school.
Debbie Dyson
Debbie Dyson
Student Support Manager
I have a real passion in helping students with all aspects of university life, including welfare, wellbeing and student experience. I pride myself on the support I provide to students, enhancing the student experience, helping them achieve their potential. I have previously been involved in opening the West London Assessment Centre (WLAC) as a Disabled Students Allowance - Quality Assurance Group (DSA-QAG) registered Assessment Centre. My role at Brunel Medical School is Student Support Manager. I have worked at Brunel for 18 years and have extensive experience in student support, working with students in areas around Homesickness, Disabilities, Medical Conditions, Mental Health, Pregnancy, Homelessness, Crimes, Harassment/Bullying, Underrepresented Groups, Well-being and Safeguarding. I have worked closely with International Students over the years from students arriving on campus throughout their journey on their course.
Robert Presland
Robert Presland
Examinations and Assessment Administrator
Robert has worked at Brunel for over 5 years, starting in the Student Centre before moving to the CEDPS Taught Programmes Office, and then into Brunel Medical School, bringing a wealth of experience and knowledge of Brunel policy and procedure from across the University. He now works alongside the Examinations and Assessment Manager to provide professional administrative support for all examination and assessment processes across the 5 year MBBS programme, with a focus on the development, organising, and running of the Medical School’s OSCEs.
Emma Bolton
Emma Bolton
Student Support and Well-Being Officer
Emma joined Brunel Medical School from UCFB where she was a Student Support Advisor. Emma has over 5 years’ experience in providing 1-2-1 mental health and wellbeing support to students as well as specialising in supporting survivors of sexual trauma as a qualified ISVA. As the Student Support and Well-Being Officer, Emma provides confidential wellbeing support and advice to BMS students and ensures they have access to central and external support services. Emma is also involved in the development of wellbeing initiatives which contribute to the pro-active and holistic nature of the BMS Student Support and Wellbeing Team.
David Thomas
David Thomas
Learning Technologist
David joined the DigEd Team at Brunel Medical School in May 2022. Prior to joining the team, David worked at institutions including the University of West London and Arden University. Having worked as a Learning Technologist in both FE and HE, David has developed a passion for education technology and is particularly interested in the use of immersive technologies. At the medical school, David is responsible for supporting the incorporation and delivery of digital technologies. David will work closely with staff and students to provide training and support on digital tools used throughout BMS.
Seema Eade
Seema Eade
Education Quality Administrator
Seema is responsible for providing administrative support for the key processes in the quality assurance of the Brunel Medical School’s MBBS programme.
Victoria Clausen-Thue
Victoria Clausen-Thue
Examinations and Assessment Manager
Prior to joining Brunel, Victoria worked at UCL Medical School for 9 years, primarily coordinating the curriculum and assessments for the first clinical year, but latterly as the Assessment & Feedback Unit Manager for the whole school. During this time she undertook a one-year secondment at the UCL School of Pharmacy as the Admissions and Student Services Manager. As Examinations and Assessment Manager, Victoria leads the team responsible for overseeing and managing all aspects of assessment within Brunel Medical School.
Becky Zamora
Becky Zamora
Student Support and Well-being Officer
Previous to this role, Becky was the Student Support Administrator for the Henley Business School at the University of Reading supporting and advising international and home students on a range of subjects relating to student life and welfare. Previous to that, she was supporting students at the National Film and Television School and before that, a Secondary School English Teacher for a number of years in the West London area. In her current role in the Student Support and Wellbeing team at BMS, she is the first point of contact for BMS students for welfare support, offering advice and guidance as well as connecting students to a variety of internal and external support services.