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Our Research

Ensuring our research makes a difference is a key part of our ethos and research strategy.

Our work on selection, postgraduate clinical assessment, widening participation, revalidation and differential attainment and equality, has had significant impact outside of academia and our impact case studies were highly rated in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

Our award-winning public engagement projects ensure our work is informed by and useful to patients and the public.

We help medical educators adopt evidence-based best educational practice and use our knowledge and experience to continually develop our undergraduate and postgraduate education programmes and work to aid development in other institutions through the Medical School Educational Consultancy.

Research themes

Assessment in medical education:

  • Selection
  • Doctors’ fitness to practise
  • Equality and diversity (including differential attainment)
  • Revalidation

 Education methodologies:

  • E-learning
  • Peer-assisted learning
  • Student support

Work-based learning:

  • Transitions in clinical education
  • Professional identity and expertise
  • Communication skills

Completed research projects

Research methodologies

Our staff have expertise in both qualitative methodologies (narrative analysis, interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA), linguistics, critical realist approaches, thematic and textual analysis and ethnography) and quantitative methods (psychometrics including item response theory and generalisability theory, meta-analysis, multi-level modelling, path modelling and social network analysis).