Professor Terry Young

Professor Terry Young

Professor Terry Young BSc PhD FBCS, Professor of Healthcare Systems at Brunel University London

Professor Young has an unusual breadth of experience, with strong management, teaching and research credentials, forged over 15 years in academia and 16 years in industry before that. He has worked in technology and systems, and has focused on healthcare for nearly two decades. His special skill is to form and lead talented teams to pursue exceptional visions.

He is active in developing pedagogy, especially blended learning, threshold assessment schemes and in tracking student engagement to gain an integrated view of student performance.

From a PhD in atomic physics at Birmingham University, he pursued an industrial research career in photonic device modelling and systems research, while developing as a research manager. He then moved into business development and healthcare systems.

His academic research, since 2001, has been into care delivery services and systems. He ran two major collaborations funded primarily by the EPSRC: MATCH with four core universities over 10 years from 2003 and RIGHT with five over 2½ years from 2007. An output from MATCH was theory on the use of economic analysis for making business decisions, while RIGHT helped to identify which modelling methods would best meet a given care delivery scenario. He has generated >£15M of income as an academic. 

A Top 50 Innovator, according to The Health Service Journal in 2013 and a Fellow of the British Computer Society, he has published on: communications, health economics, information systems, numerical modelling, optoelectronics, spectroscopy, and technology adoption (

The Cumberland Initiative builds on all this, bringing academics, companies and clinical staff together to realise a step change in the efficiency and quality of care delivery, plus the prospect of new jobs from an expanded knowledge sector around health. The Cumberland Institute was opened as a national centre in 2015.

2001  Professor of Healthcare Systems, Brunel University London.
1999  Business Development Director (Medical Systems), GEC & Marconi plc.
1996  Divisional Manager in the Devices, Applications & Interconnect Lab
1985  Senior Research Scientist, etc, Marconi Research Centre, Essex
1981  Doctoral student High Resolution Optical Spectroscopy Group