Dr Wendy Leadbeater

  • Position: Senior Lecturer for PPD and IPE, Head of Student Support for Aston Medical School
  • Telephone: 0121 204 4816
  • Email: w.leadbeater@aston.ac.uk
  • Room Number: MB501B and MB434Q


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 within the MBChB programme at Aston Medical School and IPE across the Medical School and Pharmacy. 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. 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.

  • BSc Cell and Molecular Biology, Essex University 1992
  • PhD Molecular Neuroscience, University of Birmingham, 1998
  • PGCert in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, University of Birmingham, 2008
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2013
  • 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
My primary focus is the development of PPD and IPE, which support the research within these fields of professionalism and interprofessional education. 
  • The Physiological Society 
  • CAIPE; Centre for Advancement of Interprofessional Education.
Visiting academic at University of Birmingham
  • Assender, J and Leadbeater, W. 2017. Transitions in BSc Biomedical Science Students’ identity and career aspiration. Ignite session.  HEA Annual conference, Manchester
  •  Assender, J and Leadbeater, W. 2016. The triumph and trials of embedding employability into first year BSc Biomedical Science curriculum. HEA Conference, Nottingham.
  •  Leadbeater, W, Wilton, JC and Ray, CJ. 2013. Models of collecting good feedback for undergraduate facilitators. IUPS Bristol Physiological Society
  •  Wilton, JC, Ray, CJ and Leadbeater, W. 2013. HEA- accredited learning and teaching module for anatomy demonstrators. IUPS Bristol Physiological Society
  •  Ray, CJ, Leadbeater, W, and Wilton, JC. 2013. Teaching the Teachers: using appropriate learning activities. IUPS Bristol Physiological Society
  •  Leadbeater, W and Nightingale, K. 2013. Lecture recordings support student learning. HEA STEM
  •  Thomas, T and Leadbeater, W 2012. Poor NSS scores about feedback – are these due to a mismatch between students expectation and reality? HEA Annual Conference. University of Manchester (3-4 July)
  •  Leadbeater, W, Couperthwaite, J and Nightingale, K. 2012. Evaluating the use and impact of lecture recording in biological sciences. Society for General Microbiology ‘e-learning’ symposium. Dublin
  •  Leadbeater, W and Thomas, T. 2011. Assessment of students’ perception of feedback in a BMedSc physiology module. 8th Annual Teaching and Learning Conference. University of Birmingham (oral communication)
  •  Thomas, T and Leadbeater, W. 2011. Assessing students’ perception of feedback. Journal of Physiology. Poster 1
  • Leadbeater, WE. 2010.Introduction of a Learning Activity to Support Final Year Undergraduates when Critically Reviewing Primary Literature. Journal of Physiology. Poster 82
  • Leadbeater, WE. 2010. Introducing Active Learning in Human Physiology Tutorials to First Year Undergraduates. Journal of Physiology. Poster 83

Mead B, Logan A,Berry M, Leadbeater W, Scheven BA. 2016. Dental pulp stem cells: A novel cell therapy for retinal and central nervous system repair. Stem Cells. (Epub ahead of print)


Mead B, Hill LJ, Blanch RJ, Ward K, Logan A,Berry M, Leadbeater W, Scheven BA. 2016. Mesenchymal stromal cell-mediated neuroprotection and functional preservation of retinal ganglion cells in a rodent model of glaucoma. Cytotherapy 18 (4): 487-496.


Mead B, Berry M, Logan A, Scott RA, Leadbeater W, Scheven, BA. 2015. Stem cell treatment of degenerative eye disease. Stem Cell Research 14 (3): 243-257.


Zatyka M, da Silva-Xavier G, Bellomo E, Leadbeater W, Astuti D, Smith, J, Michelangeli F, Rutter G, Barrett T. 2015. Sarco(endo)plasmic reticulum ATPase is a molecular partner of Wolfram syndrome 1 protein, which negatively regulates its expression. Human and Molecular Genetics. 24(3): 814-827


Hill LJ, Mead B, Blanch RJ, Morgan Warren P, Ahmed Z, Mohamed S, Scott RAH, Leadbeater W, Berry, M. Logan A. 2015. Decorin reduces intraocular pressure and retinal ganglion cell loss in rodents through fibrolysis of the scarred trabecular meshwork. Invest Opthalmol Vis Sci 56 (6): 3743-57


Mead B, Logan A, Berry M, Leadbeater W, Scheven BA. 2014 Adult stem cell treatment for CNS injury. Current Tissue Engineering. 3(2): 93-101


Mead B, Thompson A, Scheven BA, Logan A, Berry M, Leadbeater W. 2014 Comparative evaluation of methods for estimating retinal ganglion cell number in retinal sections and whole mounts. PlosOne 9 (10):e110612


Mead B, Logan A, Berry M, Leadbeater* W, Scheven* BA 2014 Paracrine-mediated neuroprotection and neuritogenesis of injured retinal ganglion cells by human dental pulp stem cells: comparison with human bone marrow and adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells. PLOSOne 9(10): e109305


Mead B, Logan A, Berry M, Leadbeater* W, Scheven* BA. 2014 Dental pulp stem cells, a paracrine-mediated therapy for the retina.  Neural Regen Res 9 (6): 577-578


Holmes AP, Turner PJ, Carter P, Leadbeater W, Ray CR, Hauton D, Buckler KJ, Kumar P. 2014 Glycogen metabolism protects against metabolic insult to preserve carotid body function during glucose deprivation. Journal of Physiology 592(20): 4493-4506


Mead B, Logan A, Berry M., Leadbeater* W Scheven* B. 2013. Intravitreally transplanted dental pulp stem cells promote neuroprotection and axon regeneration of retinal ganglion cells after optic nerve injury. Invest Opthalmol Vis Sci 54 (12): 7544-7556


Leadbeater W, Shuttleworth T, Couperthwaite J, Nightingale KP. 2013. Evaluating the use and impact of lecture recordings in undergraduates: Evidence for distinct approaches by different groups of students. Computer and Education 61: 185-192


Leadbeater WE, Couperthwaite J, Balfe P, Nightingale KP. 2013. Lecture recordings support student learning. Compendium of Effective Practice: 2nd Edition. Editors R Clark, J Andrew and E Thomas.