UKMACS has a core team of academic, research, and administrative staff, based at UCL Medical School’s Research Department of Medical Education. We are guided by senior academics and subject experts from around the UK and internationally, and supported by (but independent from) key stakeholders in medical education in the UK.UKMACSteam

Dr Katherine Woolf UKMACS Lead

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I am an Associate Professor in Medical Education at UCL Medical School and honorary Research Fellow at UCL Psychology and Language Sciences.  I am currently a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Career Development Fellow in Medical Education.

I graduated with a BSc(Hons) in Psychology from Goldsmith’s College, following which I worked as a Research Assistant at Goldsmith’s while also working part-time for an MP in Westminster.  I completed my PhD in Medical Education and Psychology in 2009, after which I joined UCL’s Research Department for Medical Education as an academic.  I

I am a  Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and educational advisor to the Membership of the Royal Colleges of Physicians (UK) examination.

Dr Dave Harrison UKMACS Post-doctoral Research Fellow


I am a post-doctoral Research Fellow in Medical Education,  in the Research Department of Medical Education at UCL Medical School. I work on all aspects of the UKMACS project, with particular responsibility for the questionnaire to UK medical applicants in 2019.

My previous roles have been in education research and assessment. I was Senior Digital Manager at Cambridge Assessment, developing support materials for the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) and other university admissions tests. I have been a Principal Researcher at Edexcel (Pearson), also managing the development of A level and GCSE examinations and the Extended Project Qualification. I was Research Associate on the Cambridge Primary Review at the University of Cambridge, and Research Fellow at the Open University Learning Schools Programme. I have also been a secondary school teacher.

My academic background is in philosophy and education. I received my BA (Hons) in English and Philosophy from Keele University, and then an MA in Philosophy, a PhD in Philosophy, and a PGCE in English and Drama at the University of Sheffield. I also have two Postgraduate Diplomas, one in Evaluation and Social Research from London Metropolitan University and one in Educational Research Methods from the Open University.

Dr Kirsty Alexander  UKMACS Post-doctoral Research Fellow

I am post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Research Department for Medical Education, at UCL Medical School.  My research focuses on widening access to medicine, in particular ‘preparing for’ and ‘getting in’ to medical school.

After graduating from the University of St Andrews with an MA (Hons) in International Relations and German, I worked as a ‘Widening Participation Officer’ for St Andrews’ branch of Reach – Scotland’s nationwide programme to boost access to the professions.  This experience sparked my interest in research into widening access to medicine, and I subsequently completed a PhD in Medical Education on this topic at the Centre for Healthcare Education and Innovation at the University of Aberdeen.

After obtaining my doctorate, I worked as a Research Fellow in Medical Education at the University of Aberdeen, before joining the team at UCL in April 2019.

Dr Eliot Rees UKMACS PhD Student

I’m a PhD student in the Research Department of Medical Education at UCL Medical School. For my PhD I am exploring what factors influence applicants’ from different backgrounds choice of medical schools.

I studied medicine at Keele University, during which I became interested in medical education and undertook an intercalated MA in Medical Education and a number of education research studies.

My previous research has focused on undergraduate education in general practice, developing students as educators, and struggling learners.

Since qualifying as a doctor in 2015, I worked as an academic foundation doctor, combining clinical work with teaching and research in medical education at Keele University, before commencing doctoral study at UCL in January 2018.

Ms Jeannine McIlroy UKMACS Administrator 

Jeannine McIlroyI am an experienced administrator in higher education and am excited to have recently joined the Research Department of Medical Education at UCL Medical School.

I have a keen interest in widening participation having been heavily involved in the UCL Target Medical project, and previously co-ordinated a successful Citizens Advice Bureau community engagement project which improved health inequalities in deprived areas of Essex.