Professor Julian Archer

Professor Julian Archer

Honorary Professor

Faculty of Health

Julian can be contacted through arrangement with our Press Office, to speak to the media on these areas of expertise.
  • Revalidation
  • Healthcare regulation
  • Remediation
  • Feedback in healthcare
  • Assessment in healthcare

Professor of Medical Education Research & Director of the Collaboration for the Advancement in Medical Education Research & Assessment (CAMERA)

Honorary Consultant Paediatrician, Plymouth Hospital NHS Trust



Professional membership

Member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
Fellow of the Academy of Medical Educators
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Roles on external bodies

I am academic advisor to the clinical assessments and a member of the Expert Reference Group at the National Clinical Assessment Service.

Teaching interests

I am module lead for a Certificate module on assessment in the Masters in Clinical Education at Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry.
I teach on the Master in Surgical Education at Imperial College, London.
I also teach undergraduates in paediatrics.

Research interests

Professor Julian Archer has an established track record in leadership in the higher education and healthcare sectors. He has combined 20 years in healthcare delivery – currently as a paediatric consultant in the English National Health Service, senior advocacy roles in healthcare and education with internationally recognised expertise in assessment, standards and regulatory policy and practice across the medical continuum.

He established and, as its Director, has built the Collaboration for the Advancement of Medical Education Research &Assessment (CAMERA) at Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry into one of the world’s leading centres for medical education research. He has been personally funded by prestigious National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) lectureships/fellowships between 2007-2017.

He works tirelessly with government, regulators, service providers and the public to impact on best assessment and regulatory practice in the workplace to support healthcare professionals, health service systems,their management, delivery and related politics to deliver safe patient care.

Grants & contracts

Current grants:

SAFE: an early intervention for families of children with autism and Asperger Syndrome. Autistica (£149,381.66) led by Dr Becky McKenzie.


A study to establish the feasibility of a definitive randomised controlled trial evaluating SAFE, an intervention for families of children with autism. National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) (£247,402) led by Dr Rebecca McKenzie.

Further analysis of General Dental Council Fitness to Practise complaints data Julian Archer, Marie Bryce, Timothy O’Brien, Martin Roberts and Daniel Zahra (£13,791)

Patient Experience And Reflective Learning (PEARL): New research on use and usefulness of patient experience data National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) HS & DR (£723,818.15) led by Professor Julian Bion. Co-applicant and lead for MSF components in the study(HS&DR 14/156/23)

Evaluating the impact of medical revalidation. J Archer, Dr Niall Cameron,Ms Katie Laugharne, Professor Martin Marshall, Dr Sam Regan de Bere, Professor Kieran Walshe, Dr Richard Wright (£612,500) The General Medical Council (GMC)PI of a national collaboration on a competitive grant from the General Medical Council

Evaluating the development of medical revalidation in England and its impact on organisational performance and medical practice Prof K Walshe, J Archer, Professor Karen Bloor Dr Chris Bojke, Mr Alan Boyd, Dr Sam Regan de Bere, Mr Nils Gutacker (£695,170) Co-ap on DH PRP proposal