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Our vision is to support capacity building and effective partnerships across all those working in medical and healthcare education research in Scotland - Professor Jennifer Cleland, SMERC Director

Who we are

SMERC (Scottish Medical Education Research Consortium) is a collaboration between NES (NHS Education for Scotland) and all five Universities in Scotland with medical schools (Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and St Andrews).

PHASE 1 of SMERC (Sep 2011 – Aug 2014) included the successful building of relationships, governance structures, communication and education research capacity, the completion of four nationwide medical education projects (two funded by third parties), and the successful progress of two PhD studentships.

PHASE 2 of SMERC (Sep 2014 – Aug 2017) focuses on conducting high-quality and impactful research on five work streams identified in our phase 1 priority setting exercise [Dennis AA, Cleland JA, Johnston P, Ker JS, Lough M, Rees CE 2014, Exploring stakeholders’ views of medical education research priorities: a national survey. Medical Education 48(11), 1078-1091]. This work will be achieved through cross-institutional collaborations in Scotland and across the UK, with core funding from NES, Principal Investigator time funded by the five Universities, and funding from third parties.