Professor John Sandars


After training in hospital medicine, John entered general practice and was a GP trainer, GP tutor, Macmillan GP Facilitator in Palliative Medicine and part-time lecturer in general practice at the University of Manchester. He was senior lecturer/ associate professor in the Leeds Institute of Medical Education, University of Leeds and Professor in Medical Education at the University of Sheffield before moving to Edge Hill University in 2016.

John has research interests across the medical education continuum, from undergraduate to postgraduate and continuing. He has particular research interests in the use of self-regulation theory and metacognition to improve academic and clinical performance, understanding and improving the impact of educational interventions on health and the use of technology for teaching and learning.

John adopts a transdisciplinary approach to his research, with a focus on applying educational theory to develop, implement and evaluate educational interventions. He has a particular interest in the emergent area of translational medical education research, evaluative methodologies and the use of design based and action research. Previous major funded national and international projects include JISC, NICE and European Union Framework 7. His research has led to over 100 peer reviewed publications and he has been key note speaker at numerous national and international conferences, as well as being extraordinary (visiting) professor at the University of Pretoria and Honorary Professor at the University of Sheffield, and an Associate Editor for Medical Teacher. He has successfully supervised four PhD students.

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