Dr Alison Ledger

Dr Alison Ledger


I was employed by LIME for my extensive qualitative research experience.  I was initially employed to research clinical placement learning, but was promoted to the role of Lecturer in 2014 and then Associate Professor in 2020.

I am Head of Intercalated Programmes and oversee the portfolio of 21 intercalated programmes at Leeds.

I lead the BSc in Applied Health (Medical Education) programme for intercalating medical students and teach on the MBChB, PG Dip Physician Associates, PG Cert and Masters in Clinical Education programmes.  My main teaching topics include educational theory and practice, qualitative research methods, and critical reading and writing.

I chair LIME's Scholarship and Innovation group and lead workshops for new and early career clinical education researchers. I research aspects of medical education, such as peer learning, arts-based teaching methods, and benefits of intercalation.  I supervise clinical education research at all levels, from undergraduate through to post-doctoral work.  I welcome interest from prospective PhD students.

I was previously a qualified music therapist and completed my PhD on service implementation in that profession.  I continue to contribute to the development of the music therapy profession internationally.


  • Head of Intercalated Programmes
  • Programme Lead BSc in Applied Health (Medical Education)
  • LIME Scholarship and Innovation Group Chair

Research interests

My current interests lie in the benefits of intercalation in medicine and I am exploring long-term impacts of medical education intercalation on later clinical practice.  I also remain interested in new profession development, interprofessional working, and workplace transitions, owing to my previous work and publications in these areas.

I am experienced in qualitative research approaches and support students in developing their understanding of methodologies and methods.  I supervise clinical education research projects at all levels, including PhD students.


  • PhD
  • MPhil
  • BMus (Mus Thy) (Hons)

Professional memberships

  • Senior Fellow HEA
  • UK Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME)
  • Association of Medical Education Europe (AMEE)

Student education

Head of Intercalated Programmes, School of Medicine

Programme Lead, BSc in Applied Health (Medical Education)

Tutor, PG Cert in Clinical Education, Masters in Clinical Education, MBChB, PGDip Physician Associate Studies

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Medical Education
  • Professional Learning Group
  • Educating doctors to provide safer care
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