Dr Clare Tweedy

Dr Clare Tweedy


I achieved a PhD in Neuroscience from Newcastle, where I explored hippocampal network dysfunction in models of alpha-synucleinopathy. I then moved to Leeds in 2018 to work as a Research Fellow in Neuroscience, exploring changes in cognition and anxiety with ageing. I now lead the BSc Neuroscience programme and its variants, along with teaching on undergraduate modules in Neuroscience.

Areas for student projects

I offer a range of non-laboratory based Capstone projects on topics ranging from dementia to depression. I have a broad interest in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of psychiatric and neurological disorders.

Some of my current areas of interest include:

  • The use of psychedelics to treat psychiatric and neurological disorders
  • Excitatory/inhibitory network imbalance in psychiatric and neurological disorders
  • Mitochondrial dysfunction in psychiatric and neurological disorders

Teaching scholarship

My scholarship interests include active learning in large-class settings and creating a Neuroscience community through sense of belonging work. I am currently working part-time towards completion of the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP) at the University of Leeds (2022-23).

Awards and commendations

  • Faculty Partnership Award for Inspirational Teaching (University of Leeds, 2023)
    • Following on from the Faculty-level award, short-listed for the University-level Partnership Award for Inspirational Teaching (2023)
  • School Partnership Award for Inspirational Teaching (University of Leeds, 2022)
  • Faculty Insights Public Lecture Prize (Newcastle University, 2016)


  • Programme Leader (Neuroscience)
  • Module Manager
  • First Aider
<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://biologicalsciences.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • PhD Neuroscience, Newcastle University (2014 - 2019)
  • MRes Neuroscience, Distinction, Newcastle University (2013 - 2014)
  • BSc Biomedical Sciences, First, Newcastle University (2010 - 2013)

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2023)
  • British Neuroscience Association (2016 - present)
  • Physiological Society (2019 - present)

Research groups and institutes

  • Neuroscience