Jen Cleland

Jen Cleland

She has 15 years’ experience of healthcare education research.  She has over 150 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and has secured over £3 million UK of research income as Principal or Co-Investigator over the last 15 years.

She co-edited the book “Researching Medical Education” (Wiley, 2015) with Steve Durning of the Uniformed Services University of Healthcare Sciences (USUHS), USA


Jen’s particular research interests are selection and assessment, and medical careers decision making.  Her work spans the continuum of undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing medical education and training, and a breadth of qualitative and quantitative approaches – from large “number crunching” studies to context-dependent, ethnographic research.

She has been commissioned by the General Medical Council and the Medical Schools Council to carry out work on selection and widening access, and works in close collaboration with NHS Education Scotland (NES) to generate new knowledge on medical career decision-making.

She has published in a broad range of journals including Medical Education, Medical Teacher, Quality and Safety in Healthcare, and the BMJ.

Additional Information

Jen’s external responsibilities and roles include:

Chair, Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME)

Chair, Association for Medical Education Europe (AMEE) Research Committee

Director, Scottish Medical Education Research Consortium (SMERC)

Adjunct Professor, Uniformed Services University of Healthcare Sciences (USUHS), USA

Invited Member, The Wilson Centre, University of Toronto, Canada

She is Chair of the Board of Management for the journal Medical Education

She is an Honorary Fellow of the Academy of Medical Educators


Jen’s areas of teaching expertise include: clinical communication; research supervision; education research theory, methodologies and methods; psychological, social and economic influences on health. She is Chair of the Foundations of Primary Care (FPC), a 3-year vertical strand of community-focused teaching and learning within the Aberdeen MBChB.

Jen is a member of the Curriculum Steering Group, which manages the delivery and strategic development of the MBChB, and is on the Institute of Education for Medical and Dental Sciences Steering Committee.


Jen can be contacted on: or +44 (0)1224 437257