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Prof Ann Griffin
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UCL Medical School Medical School Building
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  • Professor of Medical Education Research
  • UCL Medical School
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences

I am a clinical professor in medical education, University College London Medical School (UCLMS). I am responsible for the leadership and strategic direction of UCLMS focusing on postgraduate medical education, research and scholarship and the Medical School Education Consultancy (MSEC). My academic leadership roles include:

  • Head of Divisional Research and Director of the Research Department of Medical Education (RDME) 
  • Deputy Director UCLMS and member UCLMS executive providing strategic leadership for our Division, including undergraduate and postgraduate activities.
  • Academic Lead Postgraduate programmes and Scholarship 
  • Sub Dean Quality Assurance 
  • Member of MSEC board and project lead 
  • General practitioner 

Research Themes
Research Summary

My research area is medical education; an emerging and vital cross-disciplinary field. I have established the Research Department of Medical Education (RDME) and in 2014 was formally appointed as the Head of Division for Research and have worked over recent years to establish the department as an international centre for excellence, with its outputs shaping health care policy, doctor’s education and training, patient care and pedagogy nationally and globally.

 Methodological expertise:  including professional transitions in medical education and training, the impact of service reorganisation on training, quality in education and training, assessment, differential attainment and fairness in progression (including linguistic influences on examination success), professionalism, workplace learning, the employment of locums in the NHS, and medical regulation (appraisal and revalidation.

Impact: My work has impacted on NHS policy and professional practice, for example:

 “Understanding stakeholder perspectives on the GMC’s approach to quality assuring medical education and training” resulted in a new approach to how quality assurance in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education (see Crampton et al. 2020, https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/9/12/e033614)

 Rich, A., Viney, R., Needleman, S., Griffin, A., Woolf, K., (2016) is cited in the HEE NHS report “Junior doctor morale: Understanding best practice working environments (June 2016) 

Griffin, A. et al (2015) was cited in Sir Keith Pearson’s review of medical revalidation “Taking revalidation forward: improving the process of relicensing for doctors” (January 2017) which impacts on 191,680 doctors who have need a licence to practice medicine. 

Teaching Summary

 I work across undergraduate and postgraduate medical education. 


The MBBS programme has on average 2000 medical students. It educates in partnership with Faculties across UCL and in collaboration with the NHS. I and my team ensure that professional and educational standards are met, reward excellence in teaching, and provide support when standards are not met. 


 I am lead for postgraduate programmes and scholarship, which includes providing leadership for the development of all Doctoral and Masters programmes and Continuous Professional Development (CPD).

Leadership roles in postgraduate medical education

  • Lead for postgraduate programmes and scholarship
  • Chair board of examiners
  • Chair Departmental Teaching Committee
  • Chair of the irregularities panel
  • PGT careers lead



01-MAY-2012 Deputy Director UCL Medical School    , United Kingdom
Academic Background
2013   Doctorate. Institute of Education
2006   Master of Education University of Dundee
2001   Member of the Royal College of General Practioners Royal College of General Practioners
1985   Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery University of London
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