Dr Sharon Buckley MSc PhD PGCE FHEA

Dr Sharon Buckley

Institute of Clinical Sciences
Senior Lecturer in Medical Education

Contact details

Institute of Clinical Sciences
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

As Senior Lecturer in Medical Education, Sharon established and now chairs the College Interprofessional Education (IPE) Steering Group. She is educational lead for the Healthcare Team Training Network (West Midlands), a project to support health professionals involved in IPE and simulation across the region; and works with colleagues from local universities and Trusts to expand the IPE opportunities available to pre-registration students.

Committed to evidence-based education, Sharon is a founding member of CUB2E2, a Best Evidence Medical Education (BEME) International Collaborating Centre, which supports groups of educators undertaking educational systematic reviews. She currently leads a BEME group that is reviewing the evidence base for the contribution of structured communication tools to student learning.

As a member of the new University Teaching Academy management group, Sharon is now contributing to the establishment of enhanced support for University staff engaged in teaching. She is a regular contributor to University and Trust-based teacher training programmes.

In 2010, the Higher Education Academy awarded Sharon a National Teaching Fellowship. Earlier awards include a Birmingham University Teaching Fellowship (2008) and the Head of School’s Award for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (2007).


  • Fellow of the higher Education Academy 2008
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 2008
  • MSc Information technology 2002
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Science Communication 2000
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education 1983
  • PhD Microbiology 1983
  • BSc Microbiology 1978


Born in the North West of England, Sharon trained as a microbiologist at the University of Liverpool. Having completed her PhD on the bioenergetics of aminoglycoside uptake by Staphylococcus aureus, Sharon moved to the North of Scotland where she began her educational career by undertaking a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and obtaining registration with the Scottish General Teaching Council. She has held various posts in secondary and post-16 education, including Head of Science and Head of Sixth Form Centre.

Sharon joined the University in 2003 as a Medical Education Developer, in which role she contributed to the introduction of Trust-based teaching academies for clinical staff involved in medical education, led several successful cross-institutional projects to develop Interprofessional Education (IPE) and completed a Best Evidence Medical Education (BEME) systematic review of the educational effects of portfolios on student learning.

In 2011, Sharon was appointed Senior Lecturer in Medical Education, in which role she has continued to develop her interests in IPE, evidence-based education and the provision of support for academic and clinical staff engaged in teaching.


Teaching Programmes:

  • MBChB (including Module Co-ordinator for year 5 Patient Information Leaflet and peer tutoring course for returning intercalators (ROCSI programme))
  • MBChB: Year 5 required component Clinical Communication Across the Patient Journey
  • MBChB: Year 5 Revision of Clinical Skills for Intercalators (ROCSI) peer tutoring programme
  • MBChB: Year 3 ‘A day in the Life of…’
  • MBChB: Year 1 Clinical Communication
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PCAP): Foundations of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PCAP): Understanding Leadership in Higher Education
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PCAP): Designing Research in Higher Education Learning and Teaching)


Current projects include:

  • 2014 to date: founding member of CUB2E2 a Best Evidence Medical Education (BEME) International Collaborating Centre, with the Universities of Birmingham, Bournemouth and Essex and East Anglia. CUB2E2 provides support for groups of educators undertaking BEME systematic reviews and works to promote the application of research evidence to educational development.
  • 2011 to date: Principal investigator for a Best Evidence Medical Education (BEME) systematic review ‘How does the teaching of a structured tool for communication contribute to student learning?’

Other activities

  • National Teaching Fellow Scheme reviewer and mentor to new Fellows.
  • Member of the Editorial Board of Health and Social Care Education (Higher Education Academy)
  • Member of the Editorial Board of Education in Practice, (University of Birmingham learning and teaching journal).
  • Peer reviewer for: Medical Education, The Journal of Interprofessional Care, Medical Teacher, The Clinical Teacher and BMC Medical Education.


Buckley S and Fell P (2014) “An introduction to Enquiry in Health Professions Education” In Cleaver E, Lintern M and McLinden M (eds) Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: Disciplinary Approaches to Educational Enquiry. London: SAGE Publications Inc. pp.195-208

Buckley S, Coleman JJ, Davison I, Morely D and Torgerson C (2013) An e-learning package to support interprofessional education (IPE): a pilot and feasibility and efficacy randomised controlled trial in a medical education setting. Effective Education 4(2):111-122

Buckley S, Hensman M, Thomas S, Dudley R, Nevin G and Coleman JJ (2012) Developing interprofessional simulation in the undergraduate setting: experience with five different professional groups. J Interprof Care 26(5):362-9

Buckley S, Coleman JJ and Khan KS (2010) Best evidence on the educational effects of undergraduate portfolios: a guide for clinical teachers. The Clinical Teacher 7:187-191

Buckley S, Coleman JJ, Davison I, Khan KS, Zamora J, Malick S, Morley D, Pollard D, Ashcroft T, Popovic C and Sayers J (2009) The educational effects of portfolios on undergraduate student learning: BEME Guide no 11. Med Teach 31(4):282-98

Skelton J and Buckley S (2008) What is the value of good medical education research? A reply to Bligh and Brice. Medical Education 42:1044-1045

Buckley S and Zamora J (2007) Effects of participation in a cross year peer tutoring programme in clinical examination skills on volunteer tutors’ skills and attitudes towards teachers and teaching. BMC Med Educ 7:20