TIM ALBERT writer and trainer
TIM ALBERTwriter and trainer

Olivia Timbs

Olivia has been a licensed trainer since 2013. Her courses include: 

  • How to write an academic paper and get it published, for PhD students and doctors who have reached the stage in their career where they have to publish papers to progress; 
  • Effective writing, for anyone who struggles to express themselves and lacks confidence; and How to turn your research into a news story for scientists and doctors wanting to branch out.

'Olivia is hugely knowledgeable and incredibly helpful, so that if you expressed a specific outcome you wanted from the course she'd check in that you had achieved that or were well on the way.'

Why she should run a course for you: she is an award-winning medical journalist and editor who has more than 35 years experience which gives her added credibility. She has worked for the UK national press, mainly the Times, the Independent and the Observer and has also spent some years writing for and editing magazines, most recently The Pharmaceutical Journal. She has written one book – The Divorce Handbook (1993) – co-authored with family lawyer Fiona Shackleton and also launched medical research charity START (Skin Treatment and Research Trust) based at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London.


Courses offered: In 2020, in response to the pandemic, she has adapted the workshops so they can be delivered as interactive webinars via Zoom or Webex. Instead of being delivered in person in one day, the content is spread over three two-hour sessions. 


Clients include: University of Cambridge, Department of Life Sciences and Department of Physical Sciences and Technology; Greater London Authority; various NHS Trusts; and a range of charities. She is a former tutor for the Guardian Masterclasses programme. She also offers one-on-one support.


 Availability: online and anywhere in the UK, Europe or further afield. 


 Qualifications: MA (Cambridge University)

 A Boomer Visits America Coast-To-Coast By Greyhound Bus: 1969 And 2019 - Forbes magazine

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