Research at LIME

Leeds Institute of Medical Education (LIME) research, scholarship and innovation has influenced medical education research, policy and practice locally, nationally and internationally.  LIME works with a wide range of academic and non-academic stakeholders; these include different academic communities, the health professions, the public, regulators and policy makers.  In recent years researchers in LIME have been successful in obtaining funding awards and grant income from the EU, Wellcome Trust, the UK Department of Health and Health Education England.  

Members of LIME have particular research interests and strengths in assessment of competence, professional learning and the use of technology to enhance student learning and teaching.  There are 26 members of LIME staff involved in research projects and a further 14 doctoral students involved in training and research activity.  As a result of our international reputation, LIME welcomes a number of visiting academics and researchers each year to contribute to our events programme and collaborate on specific areas of research and innovation.  To date we have hosted visiting academics and researchers from Australia, Canada, Egypt, Greece, the Republic of Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sri Lanka, Sweden and the United States of America.

Assessment of Competence

Our assessment philosophy is one of continuous, quality improvement.  This emanates from a desire to understand the multiple causes and effects of observed error in assessments leading to further improvements in our own programme of assessment.  The Leeds Assessment Research Group undertakes a highly successful programme of research, scholarship and knowledge transfer in key areas of Assessment and Measurement which continues to influence policy, practice and innovation at international levels.

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Professional Learning 

The Professional Learning Group focus on research and scholarship in the area of transitions & identity.  The group's interests and expertise span qualitative research methodologies, resilience & mental health, near-peer learning, workplace learning, professional identity, interprofessional learning, patient & public involvement and patient safety & quality improvement.

Current work projects include investigating near-peer learning, pedagogical identity in postgraduate study, resilience and well-being, enhanced responsibility placements and student engagement with quality improvement & patient safety. 

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Learning Layers: Scaling up Technologies for Informal Learning

Learning Layers is a large-scale research project co-funded by the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme as part of the ICT-2011.8.1 Technology-Enhanced Learning call.

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The research team from Leeds have undertaken a series of ‘Developmental Workshops’ in three local hospitals to explore research evidence on transitions, current examples of good practice in final year placements and understandings of how these may be developed within the context of the whole organisation.

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Use of Technology to Enhance Learning and Teaching

The central focus of this work is on enhancing student learning in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education.

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