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.
Assessment in medical education:
- Doctors’ fitness to practise
- Equality and diversity (including differential attainment)
- Peer-assisted learning
- Student support
- Transitions in clinical education
- Professional identity and expertise
- Communication skills
Completed research projects
- Trust, professionalism and regulation: a critical comparison of Medicine and Law (Nuffield Foundation Reactive Grants Programme)
- Developing a methodology to assess the consistency of fitness to practise outcomes (Professional Standards Authority)
- Fairness of decisions to refer doctors to The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service Interim Orders Panels (General Medical Council)
- Understanding stakeholder perspectives on the GMC’s quality assurance of medical education and training (General Medical Council)
- Fair training pathways for all: understanding experiences of progression (General Medical Council)
- The London General Practitioner (GP) Trainer Course: a critical evaluation (Health Education England)
- Academic support for the Assessment and Appraisal workstream of HEE’s ARCP review (Health Education England)
- Evaluating the Programme for Integrated Child Health (Health Education England)
- Independent Verification Visits: The Evaluation of NHS England’s Strategy to Quality Assure Designated Bodies (NHS England)
- iWards: Enhancing well-being and resilience in junior doctors (UCL Grand Challenge)
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).