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I joined Aston University in 2018 as Senior Lecturer in Personal and Professional Development (PPD) and Interprofessional Education (IPE). My role is to develop PPD and IPE within the MBChB programme at Aston Medical School and Aston Pharmacy School. I lead on student support and personal tutoring in Aston Medical School. I am recognised as Senior Fellow of Advance HE. Previously, I was Senior Lecturer in Medical Sciences at University of Birmingham and contributed to the development of the Biomedical Sciences programme as deputy programme director, quality lead and senior tutor. I integrated personal and professional development into the programme and was lead for student support. I completed my PhD at the University of Birmingham in Neuroscience in 1998, completed post-doctoral research in Ontario, Canada, before returning to University of Birmingham for a lectureship in Medical Sciences.

Research Interests

My primary focus is aligned with my role at Aston University in the development of PPD and IPE. Research is in the field of professionalism, health and wellbeing and interprofessional education.

Membership of Professional Bodies

2019 - present: Midlands Medical Education Committee

2018 - present: CAIPE; Centre for Advancement of Interprofessional Education.

2018 - present: UK Council Teachers of Professionalism (GMC)

2010- 2019: The Physiological Society

External Connections and Partnerships

Visiting academic at University of Birmingham

Extrnal reviewer at Dental School, University of Birmingham (electives)


  • 2018-present Senior Lecturer in PPD and IPE. Head of Student Support for AMS. IPE Lead for Medicine and Pharmacy. Aston University.
  • 2012-2018 Senior Lecturer in Medical Sciences, Deputy Programme Director Biomedical Sciences, University of Birmingham
  • 2008-2012 Lecturer in Medical Sciences, University of Birmingham
  • 2003-2008 Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Birmingham
  • 2000-2003 Post-doctoral Fellow, Lawson Health Research Institute, Canada
  • 1998-2000 Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Birmingham

Contact Details

  • Telephone: 0121 204 4816
  • Email: w.leadbeater@aston.ac.uk
  • Room Number: AMS: MBG54 and LHS: MB434Q

Education/Academic qualification

PG Dip

4 Jan 20194 Oct 2020

Award Date: 1 Dec 2020

SFHEA, Higher Education Academy

1 Jan 20031 Jun 2003

Award Date: 1 Jul 2013

PG Cert, University of Birmingham

1 Sep 20081 Jul 2010

Award Date: 13 Nov 2010

PhD, University of Birmingham

1 Sep 19951 Mar 1999

Award Date: 1 Jul 1999


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