Dr Jonathan Darling
Responsible for leadership and scholarship in student support and paediatric medical education in the University of Leeds. Jonathan graduated from the University of Manchester, and did some initial training in adult medicine before moving into paediatric training to consultant level. En route he completed an MD in International Child Health at the Institute of Child Health London, which involved fieldwork in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania), and did a secondment to the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia. He trained in well-known UK paediatric centres, including the John Radcliffe in Oxford, Guy’s Evelina Children’s Hospital London, and the (now) Leeds Children’s Hospital, where he is a consultant general paediatrician. He was appointed Senior Lecturer in Paediatrics and Child Health in the University of Leeds in 1998. He has a longstanding interest in medical education, and has developed particular expertise in educational management and delivery, curriculum change, assessment (including external examining), and student support. His roles have included Head of Year 4 of the flagship Leeds MBChB programme, Associate Director Student Support, and now Interim Director of Student Support. He is joint author of a popular paediatric textbook (Lecture Notes: Paediatrics, 9th edition), and subeditor for the European Mastercourse in Paediatrics. He remains an active paediatrician, with interests in Safeguarding (in which he has the significant citywide role of joint Designated Doctor), and Bladder and Bowel problems in children. His research interests include: the role of children and young people in clinical teaching and assessment; standard setting in knowledge tests; and technology-enhanced learning.
Recent and current positions
Convenor for PEdSIG – Paediatric Educators Special Interest Group of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health; 2015-date Designated Doctor for Safeguarding Children, Leeds Clinical Commissioning Groups (joint); 2015-date External Examiner, University of Sheffield; 2017-2018 Interim Director of Student Support; 2014-2017 Associate Director Student Support (Years 3-5 MBChB), School of Medicine, University of Leeds; 2010-2017 Academic Regional Advisor for Yorkshire, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health; 2010-date Head of Division of Women’s and Children’s Health, School of Medicine, University of Leeds; 2010-2013 External Examiner, University of Leicester; 2008-2014 Head of Year 4, MBChB, School of Medicine, University of Leeds– led implementation of new curriculum; 2007-2010 External examiner, Barts and The London School of Medicine, University of London; 2001-2008 Course Manager, Paediatrics and Child Health/Obstetrics and Gynaecology (Yr 4 MBChB) - Chair of Course Management Team, Chair of Examination Committee; 1999-2004 Subject Reviewer (Medicine), Quality Assurance Agency, UK; 1998 onwards Senior Lecturer in Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Leeds School of Medicine; 1998 onwards Honorary Consultant in General Paediatrics, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (St James’s University Hospital 1998-2010, Leeds General Infirmary 2010-date); 2017-date.
- Interim Director of Student Support, School of Medicine
- Head of Division of Women's and Children's Health, Leeds Institute of Medical Education
The role of children and young people in clinical teaching and assessment; standard setting in knowledge tests; and technology enhanced learning.
- 2009 University of Leeds Developmental Teaching Fellowship
- 1999 PCLTHE Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (University of Lee
- 1997 MD University of Manchester School of Medicine, Doctor of Medicine (MD doctorate)
- 1986 MBChB University of Manchester School of Medicine MBChB
- 2000 FRCPCH Fellow Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
- 2007 FHEA Fellow Higher Education Academy
- 1990 MRCP(UK) Membership, Royal College of Physicians (UK)
Teaches in the Paediatrics module of Year 4 MBChB.
Key role in Student Support for School of Medicine (Interim Director).
Research groups and institutes
- Leeds Institute of Medical Education