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Professor Philip J Young

Director of Educational Analytics


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SLS Clusters


Pedagogical Research

Teaching Interests

Teaching: I have worked as an academic and industrial research scientist for over 20 years and use the knowledge I have acquired to deliver research-led teaching on a variety of Y2 and Y3 level modules. My teaching focus is primarily on clinical trial design, medical statistics, neuromuscular disorders, immunology and oncology. Y3 Research Projects: I offer research projects on immunology, neuroscience and oncology

Strategic Teaching Leadership: I have led several key initiatives that have enhanced the student learning environment. These include: 1) introduction of a borderline algorithm to aid final degree classification; 2) Y2 and Y3 restructuring for all our undergraduate degrees; 3) introduction of our new Neuroscience BSc and 4) management of the day-to-day teaching environment during the SARS CoV2 pandemic. My proudest teaching achievement is driving the introduction of an automatic right to remedy failure for all students at Warwick- an initiative that was approved by Senate in July 2021.

Research Interests and Other Activities

Director of Educational Analytics: I am the first DEA in SLS. My role involves using learning analytics to identify any award gaps within SLS. My aim is to introduce module by module award analysis and to replace final attainment analysis with a more student-centred transitional monitoring approach.
Research: Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is one of the leading genetic causes of infant mortality in the UK, with a carrier frequency of 1 in 34 and an incident rate of approximately 1 in 4600 live births. Since joining Warwick, in collaboration with Professor Felicity Boardman (Warwick Medical School) I have concentrated on gaining evidence to support the implementation of a UK SMA Screening Programme. Our efforts are focused on addressing whether there is support within the UK SMA community and general public for newborn screening

Academic Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons): Kings’ College, London (1996)
  • PhD: University of Wales (2000)


  • Andrews’ Buddies SMA Research Fellow: Arizona State University (2000-2002) and University of Missouri, Columbia, MO (2002-2004)
  • Vandervell Lecturer in Human Disease: Peninsula Medical School, Exeter (2004-2010)
  • Senior Research Scientist: The Binding Site Group Ltd, Birmingham (2010-2013)
  • Teaching Fellow: SLS, University of Warwick (2014-2017)
  • Senior Teaching Fellow: SLS, University of Warwick (2017-2019)
  • Associate Professor (Teaching-Focused): SLS, University of Warwick (2019-2021)
  • Professor (Teaching-Focused): SLS, University of Warwick (2021-present)

SLS Teaching Roles:

  • Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies (2016-2017)
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies (2017-2021)
  • Director of Educational Analytics (2021-present)

Teaching Related Awards and Committees

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (FRSB)
  • Alumni Fellow of the Warwick Institute of the Higher Education Academy (FWIHEA)
  • Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence (WATE): Winner 2017
  • Warwick EDI Award: Commended 2021
  • Royal Society of Biology Education and Science Policy (ESP) Committee member
  • Royal Society of Biology Diversity and Inclusion Ambassador
  • Joint Pharmaceutical Analysis Group (JPAG) Committee member (representing the RSB)