Simon joined ARU in 2020 and is currently Senior Lecturer in Physiology in the School of Medicine. He is also co-lead for Widening Participation and Admissions Tutor within the School.
Simon holds an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences from Stephenson College, Durham University, a PhD in Neurophysiology from St Aidan’s College, Durham University, and a postgraduate certificate in Clinical Education from King’s College London. He is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and holds an honorary lectureship in the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College London.
Following his PhD, Simon moved to London, working as a research associate at University College London followed by a fellowship at Imperial College London, where his research focussed on how the brain regulates appetite. His expertise on the biology of body weight has led to numerous national and international media appearances discussing topics surrounding obesity.
Simon has a passion for widening access to higher education for individuals from under-represented backgrounds. He sits on numerous national committees focussed on widening access to medical schools and has instigated a number of initiatives within the School of Medicine to attract and retain such students.
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