Dr Marie Bryce

Dr Marie Bryce

Research Fellow (CAMERA)

Collaboration for the Advancement of Medical Education Research Assessment (Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry)


Research Fellow, working as part of the Collaboration for the Advancement of Medical Education Research and Assessment (CAMERA).


I joined Plymouth University in January 2013 as Research Assistant and was appointed as Research Fellow in January 2015. I am currently working as part of the UMbRELLA research team evaluating the impact of medical revalidation, alongside other regulatory research focused on fitness to practise and professional competence.

Previously, I worked as an Associate Research Fellow in the Graduate School of Education at Exeter. In 2010 and 2011, I worked with Professor Wendy Robinson on her British Academy Research Development Award-funded project entitled 'Teacher Professional Development: Past and Present Models, 1920-2008'. In 2012, I worked with Dr Rob Freathy to update the History of Education Society's online bibliographical database 'Exe Libris'.

I completed my PhD in history of education in 2010. My doctoral thesis, written under my maiden name Marie Dunkerley, was entitled'Education policies and the development of the colonial state in the Belgian Congo, 1916-1939.' Topics covered included political motivations for education provision, the training of auxiliary workers, the role of  mission groups,and the provision of medical education.

2005-2010: PhD in History, University of Exeter

2004-2005: MA in History, University of Exeter

2000-2004: BA (Hons) History and French, University of Exeter

Professional membership

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

British Sociological Association (MedSoc)

Teaching interests

With my CAMERA colleagues, I teach on MClinEd module CL1712 Assessment in Clinical Education, contributing to sessions on professional regulation as assessment of practice. I also contribute to postgraduate teaching sessions on study design and research methods.

I am happy to supervise postgraduate students whose topics relate to my research interests in professional regulation and medical education, or which involve the use of qualitative research methods.

Research interests

My research is broadly focused on medical education and assessment, with a particular focus on medical regulation, especially revalidation and fitness to practise processes. I am currently working as part of the UMbRELLA (Uk Medical Revalidation Evaluation coLLAboration) study, evaluating the regulatory impact(s) of medical revalidation during its first cycle.

Since joining the CAMERA research group in January 2013, I have carried out research into the increasing number of fitness to practise complaints being received from members of the public by the General Medical Council. Throughout 2014, this was followed up by further research, also commissioned by the GMC, to review decision-making in its fitness to practise procedures. I have also contributed to CAMERA's wider research agenda through involvement in work on the implementation of medical revalidation and the role of patient and public involvement in revalidation.

More broadly, I am interested in the place of public sector services in society, and especially in the politics surrounding developments in the  health and education sectors. My research also looks at notions of professionalism and professional identity, mostly in reference to teachers and doctors, and at how these professions are perceived by those working in them, by those in government, and by the public. I am interested in the relationship between regulation and concepts of professionalism, professional status and professional ethics.

Although my current research has a contemporary focus, I draw on my background in historical research to examine long term trends and developments.

Grants & contracts

Archer J, Roberts M, Zahra D, Gabe-Thomas E, Bryce M, Howarth S, O'Brien T. 'Analysis of General Dental Council Fitness to Practise complaints data.'
General Dental Council, 2016.

Archer J, Bryce M, O'Brien T, Roberts M, Zahra D: 'Analysis of General Dental Council Fitness to Practise complaints data.' 
General Dental Council, 2015.

Regan de Bere S, Bryce M, Archer J: 'Review of decision-making in the General Medical Council's fitness to practise procedures.'
General Medical Council, 2014.

Archer J, Brennan N, Bryce M, Regan de Bere S:  Strategic Review of the Medical Council of Ireland’s arrangements for the maintenance of professional competence.
Medical Council of Ireland, 2013.

Key publications are highlighted

Walshe K, Boyd A, Bryce M, Luscombe K, Tazzyman A, Tredinnick-Rowe J & Archer J 2017 'Implementing medical revalidation in the United Kingdom: Findings about organisational changes and impacts from a survey of Responsible Officers' Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine 110, (1) 23-30 , DOI PEARL
Brennan N, Bryce M, Pearson M, Wong G, Cooper C & Archer J 2014 'Understanding how appraisal of doctors produces its effects: a realist review protocol' BMJ Open 4, Author Site , DOI PEARL
Robinson W & Bryce M 2013 '“Willing enthusiasts” or “lame ducks”? Issues in teacher professional development policy in England and Wales 1910–1975' Paedagogica Historica 49, 345-360 Author Site , DOI
Freathy RJK & Bryce ME 2013 'Updating and internationalising Exe Libris: the UK History of Education Society Online Bibliography' History of Education Researcher (91) 33-35
Bryce ME 2013 'Review: From Mission to Modernity. Evangelicals, Reformers and Education in Nineteenth-Century Egypt by Paul Sedra' History of Education 42, (5) 675-676 , DOI
UMbRELLA 2016 UMbRELLA: Interim Report 2016. General Medical Council London General Medical Council Publisher Site
Regan de Bere S, Bryce M, Archer J, Lynn N, Nunn S & Roberts M 2015 Review of decision-making in the General Medical Council's Fitness to Practise procedures. General Medical Council London General Medical Council Publisher Site
Regan de Bere S, Nunn S, Archer J, Chatterjee A & Bryce M 2014 Patient and public involvement in medical revalidation. Revalidation Support Team
Archer J, Regan de Bere S, Bryce M, Nunn S, Lynn N, Coombes L & Roberts M 2014 Understanding the rise in Fitness to Practise complaints from members of the public. General Medical Council General Medical Council Publisher Site

Other academic activities

Member of Plymouth University Education Research Ethics Sub-Committee, Sept 2013-July 2016.

Peer reviewer, Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.