We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Otherwise, we'll assume you're OK to continue.

Centre for Medical Education Research

 Centre for Medical Education Research

The Centre for Medical Education Research is comprised of a multidisciplinary group of research and teaching staff located across Durham and Queens Campuses.

Medical Education Research is concerned with the education and training of the clinical team to enhance performance and professionalism, for the benefit of patients and society.

Our vision is specifically to develop research to understand and improve the working of the clinical team in the changing context of healthcare. Our research is informed by a number of perspectives: clinical, patient, social and policy. We aim to identify relevant changes, question the assumptions behind them, and work towards a shared vision and understanding of new directions in healthcare.

The Centre for Medical Education research activity and areas of interest falls under a number of themes.

If you are interested in a research collaboration, please contact a member of staff.

The REF 2014 results: Education ranked 5th nationally.

Research led by Profs Illing and McLachlan was part of the Education Unit of Assessment where 81 per cent of submitted research overall was considered to be of internationally excellent quality or world leading, that is, both 3* (31%) and 4* (50%).A further 18 per cent was classed as 2* or “recognised internationally”.


Professionalism Workshops at the Royal College of Anaesthetists

On 10th June, Professor John McLachlan gave a series of workshops on Professionalism at the Royal College of Anaesthetists Away Day on Ethics and Law, held at the RCA Headquarters in Red Lion Square in London. John addressed the mismatch between the 'pious platitudes of professionalism' and how professions actually behave in practice, and small group activities included reflecting on examples of unprofessionalism in anaesthesia, 'failure to fail' poorly performing trainees, and developing an anaesthetic 'Conscientiousness Index'.

Plenary Lecture at the 2015 Australian and New Zealand Association of Clinical Anatomists Conference

Professor John McLachlan has been invited to give the opening Plenary Lecture at the 2015 Australian and New Zealand Association of Clinical Anatomists Conference in Adelaide, Australia. John will address the relationship between clinical performance and anatomy teaching in the past, present and future

Department of Health Study: Education Outcomes Framework

The Centre is currently working on a three year study funded by the Department of Health to identify indicators to support the further development and refinement of the Education Outcomes Framework.

An important aspect of this study will be to examine the links between education and training and patient benefit. This is an important, large scale piece of research which will inform commissioning decisions.

Those involved in this study are: Prof Jan Illing, Prof John McLachlan, Dr Hannah Hesselgreaves, Dr Madeline Carter, Dr Paul Tiffin, Mr Paul Crampton, Dr Sally Corbett, Dr Marina Sawdon, Dr December Ikah, Dr Meenakshi Swamy, Dr Andy Husband and Dr Gabrille Finn.

For further information contact: Prof John McLachlan,

Paul Tiffin, Madeline Carter and Hannah Hesselgreaves attended the International Network for Researchers in Selection into Healthcare (INReSH) symposium in London on 10-11th November 2014. They presented preliminary findings on the predictive validity of the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) for medical school performance.

There are no current events

Contact Details

Centre for Medical Education Research
Burdon House
Leazes Road
Tel: +44 (0) 191 334 8195
Group email:

School of Medicine and Health
Durham University
Queen’s Campus
University Boulevard
United Kingdom
TS17 6BH
Tel: +44 (0) 191 334 0340
Fax: +44 (0) 191 334 0321
Link to Centre Blog

The School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health is the recipient of a bronze award for the Athena SWAN Charter.

Athena Swan Bronze Award