Sandra Nicholson

Professor Sandra Nicholson


I graduated with a medical degree from Leicester University in 1988 and have worked as a general practitioner since 1992.  My interest in medical education began when I started working for Barts and The London medical school (UK) in 1995. Over the last 20 years my interest has grown and I currently lead the Centre for Medical Education within the Institute of Health Sciences based at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

I have a MSc Medical Education from Cardiff University and a PhD from the Institute of Education, University of London.  Both degrees have enabled me to knowledgably contribute, locally and nationally, to the fields of curriculum development, student support and medical selection. I gained recognition by the UK Higher Education Academy as a Principal Fellow and was promoted to Professor of Medical Education in 2016.

I chaired the Board of UKCAT (2008-14) a national aptitude entry test for UK undergraduate medicine and dentistry and have sustained a successful track record of strategic educational leadership alongside developing a portfolio of educational research interests, particularly in medical selection and widening participation. I have published across a range of peer-reviewed journals including books and book chapters. I currently Chair the Research Group of the UKCAT Consortium, am a member of the UKMED Development Group, an Associate Editor for BMC Medical Education, and regularly review for international medical education journals as well as the BMJ.