Jim Thornton

Professor of obstetrics & gynaecology at Nottingham university and a NHS consultant obstetrician at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
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Why can’t education research be more like medical research?


Jim Thornton qualified from Leeds university in 1977. He worked at Chogoria mission hospital in Kenya from 1979 to 1983. Since then he has worked in Leeds, , Bradford, Cardiff and, since 2001, Nottingham. His research interest is in designing and running clinical trials – most recently one testing a policy of inducing of labour at 39 weeks (one week early) for women aged over 35, as opposed to waiting for labour to start on its own. He is currently chair of the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet) Clinical Therapy Research Board. In 2005 he stood for Parliament (Conservative Party) in Nottingham East and lost.