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

Sharon is an experienced educator and National Teaching Fellow, whose interests centre on the learning of professional skills such as teamwork and communication and on faculty development for teachers in higher education. She is particularly interested in the contributions that Interprofessional Education (IPE) and peer learning can make to the development of teamwork and communication skills.

Since 2005, Sharon has led a range of successful projects to develop IPE opportunities for healthcare students in Universities across the West Midlands. These include Health Care Team Challenge (West Midlands) 2015, the first such Challenge to be held in England; the ‘CITEC’ and ‘CIPSET’ projects which, between 2005 and 2012 developed an extensive programme of e-learning resources and IP simulation sessions for pre-registration students; and the establishment in 2012 of the College of MDS IPE Steering Group.

Sharon is a regular contributor to University and Trust-based teacher training programmes and to wider faculty development initiatives. She is a member of the University Teaching Academy management group, where she has a special interest in recognition and reward for teaching excellence. She leads education@MDS, a College wide programme of educational seminars and workshops for staff and acts as mentor to institutional nominees for Teaching Excellence Awards.

Sharon is an active member of the Best Evidence Medical Education (BEME) collaboration and is a founding member and co-lead of CUB2E2, a BEME International Collaborating Centre, which supports groups of educators undertaking educational systematic reviews.

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). In 2016, Sharon was elected a Distinguished Fellow of the University of Birmingham Teaching Academy. 


  • 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.


Sharon's current teaching includes: 

  • Module lead for MBChB Year 5 required component Written Professional Communication
  • Academic lead for Revision of Clinical Skills for Intercalators (ROCSI) peer tutoring programme
  • Tutor for MBChB Years 1 and 2 Clinical Communication
  • Contributions to Trust and University-based IPE sessions (various).
  • Action Learning Set Facilitator and Assessor for the Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
  • Contributions to Trust and University-based faculty development programmes (various).


Current projects include:

2016-2020 A national evaluation of the impact of the new UK training programmes for healthcare scientists on their professional practice, career trajectories and integration into the clinical workforce (£240K funding from Health Education England).

2016-2018 Development of online collaborative learning of clinical skills (£23k funding from the University of Birmingham Centre for Learning and Academic Development).

2016-date Evaluation of the effect of interprofessional simulations on healthcare students’ perceptions of the role of physician associates.

2014 to date: Founding member and co-lead for the Consortium of Universities of Birmingham, Bournemouth, East Anglia and Essex (CUB2E2). CUB2E2 support groups of educators undertaking BEME systematic reviews and works to promote the application of research evidence to educational practice.

Other activities

  • Planning group for All Together Better Health VIII International Health Care Team Challenge (member)
  • Planning group for Universitas 21 Health Sciences Meeting, Birmingham 2016 (member)
  • Board of the Best Evidence Medical Education (BEME) collaboration (member).
  • Medical Education, The Journal of Interprofessional Care, Medical Teacher, The Clinical Teacher and BMC Medical Education (peer reviewer).
  • Association of National Teaching Fellows (member).
  • Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (reviewer of submissions)
  • Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education (CAIPE) (corporate contact).
  • West Midlands Regional Simulation Steering Group (member).
  • Editorial Board of the University of Birmingham Learning and Teaching Journal Education in Practice (member). 


Buckley S, Ambrose L,  Anderson E, Coleman JJ, Hensman M, Hirsch C, Hodson, J, Morley D, Pittaway S and Stewart J (2016). Tools for structured team communication in pre-registration health professions education: a Best Evidence Medical Education (BEME) review.  Medical Teacher. In press.

Green C, Taylor C, Buckley S, Hean S (2016) Beyond synthesis: augmenting systematic review procedures with practical principles to optimise impact and uptake in educational policy and practice. Perspectives in Medical Education Special Issue (Part 1) 39(3) 329-344

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, Morley 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. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 26: 362-369

Buckley S (2011) Case Study 6: reviewing evidence on the effects of educational interventions In Khan K, Kunz R, Kleinen J, Antes G.  Systematic reviews to support evidence-based medicine (2nd Edition). Florida, USA: CRC Press. pp.139-148

Buckley S, Coleman JJ and Khan K (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, AshcroftT, Popovic C and Sayers J (2009) The educational effects of portfolios on undergraduate student learning: BEME Guide no 11. Medical Teacher 31: 282-298. 

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. BioMed Central Medical Education, 7: 20.