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Institute of Health Sciences Education - Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

Dr Erik Blair


Senior Lecturer in Health Professions Education, Lead on Level 7 Apprenticeship in Education for Clinical Contexts

Twitter: @@erikblairHE


Dr Erik Blair is an educationalist – working with clinicians to enhance their teaching practice, through formal study and through research. He has taught in universities in the UK and overseas. His main areas of teaching interest relate to classroom practice with a focus on engagement, student voice, and the practicalities of teaching.


As a generalist, Erik is able to bring his pedagogic insight to support the development of colleagues’ clinical expertise. He has worked with a range of colleagues across a number of health professions. Erik seeks to make learning engaging and thoughtful. His teaching is underpinned by good educational practice as espoused in the literature as well as through his own reflective practice. Erik’s teaching philosophy is broadly constructivist, in that he feels learners should be given the tools and drive with which to develop their skills and knowledge.


Level 7 Apprenticeship in Education for Clinical Contexts

PGCert in Education for Clinical Contexts

MA in Education for Clinical Contexts

iBSc Medical Education


Research Interests:

Dr Blair’s research is mainly qualitative and focuses on educational practice – examining what it is to teach and learn, and what it is to develop within specific learning environments. 




Blair, E. (2020) Independent Thinking on Teaching in Higher Education, Crown House Publishing: UK


Blair, E., Watson, D. & Raturi, S. (Eds.) (2020) Graduate Research Supervision in the Developing World: Policies, Pedagogies, and Practices, Routledge: Oxon UK


Watson, D. & Blair, E. (2018) Re-imagining Graduate Supervision in Developing Contexts, Routledge: New York



Book chapters


Blair, E. & Guan, S. (2021) ‘Exploring the landscape of postgraduate supervision in the UK‘ in Huet, I., Pessoa, T. & Sol, F. (Eds) Excellence in teaching and learning in higher education, Coimbra University Press.


Blair, E. & Watson, D. (2020) ‘Understanding policies intended to guide graduate research supervision: Institutional remit versus personal supervisory practice’ in Blair, E., Watson, D. & Raturi, S. (Eds.) Graduate research supervision in the developing world: Policies, pedagogies and practices, Routledge: Oxon, UK.


Watson, D. & Blair, E. (2020) ‘Adjusting supervisory practices to suit student needs’ in Blair, E., Watson, D. & Raturi, S. (Eds.) Graduate research supervision in the developing world: Policies, pedagogies and practices, Routledge: Oxon, UK.


Blair, E. & Briggs, G. (2019) ‘Collaboration at a Distance: Exploring History, Communication, Trust, and Socialization’, in Simmons, N. (Ed.) Critical Collaboration Communities: Academic Writing Partnerships, Groups, and Retreats, Boston, USA: Brill


Blair, E. (2018) ‘Contextualizing the new teaching environment’, in Hosein, A., Rao, N., Yeh, C. S-H. and Kinchin, I.M. (Eds.) Academics’ Teaching Journeys: Personal Narratives of International Transitions, London: Bloomsbury



Peer reviewed articles in academic journals


Guan, S. & Blair, E. (2021) Adult higher education as both an ‘opportunity’ and a ‘trap’: student perceptions on credentialism in China, Studies in Continuing Education, DOI: 10.1080/0158037X.2020.1867092


Guan, S. & Blair, E. (2021) Chinese Adult Higher Education as a heterotopia, Higher Education, 8(3), 471-489


Maharaj, C., Blair, E. & Burns, M. (2021) Reviewing the effect of student mentoring on academic performance of ‘at risk’ students pursuing an undergraduate engineering programme, Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education, (20) doi: 10.47408/jldhe.vi20.605.


Blair, E. & Briggs, G. (2019) A tribe hidden in plain sight: The ambiguous role of the instructor in a Caribbean university, Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management. 41(3), 292-30


Adams, R. & Blair, E. (2019) Impact of time management behaviors on undergraduate engineering students’ performance, SAGE Open, 9(1), 1-11


Blair, E. (2019) What is a lecturer?, New Vistas, 5(1), 38-42


Blair, E. (2018) Rebundling higher educational research, teaching and service, Confero, 6(1), ISSN 2001-4562


Maharaj, C., Blair, E. & Chin Yuen Kee, S. (2018) The motivation to study: An analysis of undergraduate engineering students at a Caribbean university, Journal of Further and Higher Education, 42(1), 24-35


Blair, E., Maharaj, C. & Primus, S. (2016) Performance and perception in the flipped classroom, Education and Information Technologies, 21(6), 1465-1482


Briggs, G. & Blair, E. (2016) Everyday personal laptop usage in secondary schools in Trinidad and Tobago, Education and Information Technologies, 21(3), 545-558


Blair, E. (2015) A reflexive exploration of two qualitative data coding techniques, Journal of Methods and Measurement in Social Sciences, 6(1), 14-29


Blair, E. & Deacon, A. (2015) A holistic approach to fieldwork using balanced reflective practice, Reflective Practice, 16(3), 418-434


Richardson, A. & Blair, E. (2015) Understanding practical engagement: Perspectives of undergraduate civil engineering students who actively engage with laboratory practicals, The Caribbean Teaching Scholar, 5(1), 47-59


Blair, E. (2014) Academic development through the contextualization of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Reflections drawn from the recent history of Trinidad and Tobago, International Journal for Academic Development, 19(4), 330-340

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