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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Learning and practice in clinical settings 

The central focus of this work is on learning and practice in clinical settings.

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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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Changing forms of professional responsibility: Exploring workplace pedagogies in transitions

The seminar series explored how we can best understand what happens in such transitions and how we can better support processes of professional learning as professionals navigate these transitions.

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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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The purpose, use and efficacy of simulation : a case study

This is a collaborative project between Leeds Institute of Medical Education and Bradford Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust. We will conduct a detailed case study to investigate what actually happens in a simulation centre.

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User involvement and co-production: implications for service delivery and the professional development of providers

This six-month scoping study, funded by NHS Airedale, Bradford, and Leeds aimed to explore workers’ experiences of co-production in health and social care.

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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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Completed research projects

Further details of recently completed research projects are available to read here

Critical Perspectives on Professional Learning Conference 2015

Further details regarding the Critical Perspectives on Professional Learning Conference 2015 are available here.

Papers from previous conferences

Previous papers from Professional Lifelong Learning (PLL), Critical Perspectives on Professional Learning (CPPL) and Medical Education Research Development (MERD) Conferences are available to read here