The project brings together a team of researchers who together possess a unique mix of knowledge, expertise and creativity across different disciplines. Professor Roger Kneebone (Imperial College London) is Professor of Surgical Education whose current research focuses on simulation in surgical training. The social science researchers, Dr Jeff Bezemer (Institute of Education) and Dr Terhi Korkiakangas (Imperial College London) are a linguistic ethnographer and a conversation analyst with background in Psychology, respectively. The clinical researchers, Ms Sharon-Marie Weldon (Imperial College London) and Ms Kathryn Nicholson (Imperial College Healthcare Trust) are Research Nurse and Education and Practice Development Coordinator, respectively. Professor Gunther Kress (Institute of Education) is Professor of Semiotics and Education whose interests are in different modes of communication – writing, image, speech, music – and their effects on forms of learning and knowing. The team is supported by an Advisory Board, including Professor Jon Hindmarsh (King’s College London), Professor Celia Roberts (King’s College London), Dr Alan Bleakley (Peninsula Medical School), Dr Alexandra Cope (Imperial College London), Dr Raj Aggarwal (Imperial College London) and Professor Charles Vincent (Imperial College London). The research is a collaboration between Imperial College London and the Institute of Education and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).