Ellen Ashton


I studied Anatomy at the University of Glasgow before undertaking my MBChB at the University of Sheffield. After a period of employment in the NHS I joined the Division of Anatomy at the University of Leeds Medical School where I am involved in teaching anatomy to undergraduates across the first two years of the MBChB, and students intercalating in the BSc Clinical Anatomy.

Research interests

I am currently studying for a Masters in Clinical Education. The focus of my research project and dissertation is how medical students intercalating in anatomy deal with the challenge of a academic writing; specifically, how they approach this task, how they respond to tutor feedback on their writing, and where they seek help with academic writing.


  • BSc Anatomy
  • MBChB
  • PGCert

Professional memberships

  • FHEA

Student education

I teach anatomy to both first and second year undergraduates on the MBChB programme and to medical students enrolled on the BSc Clinical Anatomy intercalated degree. I also contribue a small amount of teaching to other programmes including Dentistry and discovery modules. My teaching activities include lecturing, practical classes and small group tutorials.  

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Medical Education