Megan is Director of Engagement, School of Medical Sciences Education Development at the Faculty of Medical Sciences, at Newcastle University. She became Professor of Health Professions Education in August 2012 and was formerly Director of MEDEV, Higher Education Academy (HEA). She is a Fellow of the HEA, a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Educators (AoME), and a SCORE Fellow in 'policy, practice and rights'.
She is an active member of teaching staff in the Faculty of Medical Sciences at Newcastle University, a personal tutor and an examiner for MBBS in-course assessment and student selected components. She serves on Student Progress Committee; Digital Rights Working Group; Internal Subject Review; Faculty Ethics Committee; Regs and Approvals. She has chaired and is on many national project/service Advisory Boards, such as special committees for the UK Higher Education Funding Councils, HEA and Jisc, and those seeking to join up UK HE eLearning services. She has assisted the University of Edinburgh with the Medical Schools Council eAssessment Centre.
She works closely with the HEA, Jisc, NHS, professional and statutory bodies such as the GMC, charities such as the Wellcome Trust, and is a member of the Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME) Educational Research Group. She has a strong interest in teaching standards and contributed to UK professional standards framework (UK PSF) consultations. She holds a Newcastle University Teaching Fellowship and a CETL case study looking at career development and promotion based on claims for teaching excellence. She is an Assessor for the AoME and is on their Course Accreditation Working Group.
Megan is interested in all areas of technology support for teaching, including creating enablers and promoting risk-managed approaches to sharing learning materials in HE. She has worked with Naomi Korn on copyright interpretation for learning, and the FRRIICT group in relation to ethics in digital professionalism. She has raised over £4.8M funding as PI primarily from HEA, Jisc, EPSRC and contributed to raising a further >£10M at Newcastle and £33M elsewhere. She has led major projects in the UK including PublishOER; Promoting open approaches with the UK PSRB/subject associations in medicine; Organising Open Educational Resources (OOER); PORSCHE; ACTOR; and 'OER International'; and supported others such as iridium (Managing Research Data, Jisc), CETL4HealthNE (HEFCE), eDoctoring (Paul Allan Foundation) and VETNET Lifelong Learning Network which aimed to influence flexibility of progression pathways in veterinary and related programmes for vocational learners in the UK. She is a consultant to the Leadership Foundation HE. Older projects included information 'interoperability' in collaboration with the RDN/Intute; Shibboleth identity management (IAMSECT); e-Portfolios (EPICS) and development of a UK national bank of quality assured assessment items (UMAP andUK-CDR).
She regularly reviews for educational journals such as Medical Education, Medical Teacher and Journal of Digital Information. She also regularly reviews funding proposals for Jisc, HEA, Charities such as Leverhulme, NHS, National Teaching Fellowship applications and claims for promotion.
Contributor to many events in the UK and abroad such as: conference co-chair OER14, Newcastle, April 2014; Re-imagining Open Education, Published Works and Social Media, London, October 2012; eLearning in Health, Birmingham, June 2011; OER in the Disciplines, London, October 2010; eLearning in Health, Warwick, June 2009; conference organiser Faculty Development in the Health Professions, Prague, August 2013; OER13, Nottingham, March 2013; NOVICE, Budapest, October 2012; invited keynote University of Leeds School of Medicine annual student support conference, December 2013; Elsevier EU/UK summer conference, July 2012; Open Education Week, Open University, March 2012; Institute of Medical Ethics (IME) conference, Glasgow, June 2011; 2nd International Virtual Patients and MedBiquitous, London, 2010; panellist and reviewer Cambridge 2012, April 2012; WWW conferences (Computer Networks and ISDN Systems); Hypertext; invited speaker Open University open resource sustainability workshop, Leeds; the Joint Information Systems Committee annual conference, London; OER10, Cambridge (all 2010).
Consulted by, for example, the General Medical Council (Tomorrow’s Doctors supplementary guidance); German Rectors’ standing conference; Ako Aotearoa, (and through them other NZ organisations such as the Ministry of Education and the Tertiary Education Council), Wellington; the Swedish Agency for Networks and Cooperation in Higher Education and Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm; the Australian Learning and Teaching Council; University of Sydney Medical Programme; IMS-Global Alt-i-lab; and medicine discipline coordinator and on the judging panel for the European Academic Software Awards (EASA) in Ronneby and Rotterdam.
All things educational, specifically hypermedia, data mining, and leadership, policy and practice.