Michael Eraut

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Professor Michael Eraut
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BornNovember 18, 1940
Rawalpindi, Pakistan, British India
Died7 September 2018
Lewes, East-Sussex, U.K.
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge
  • Cynthia Eraut nee Cynthia Wynne
    (m. 1964)
ChildrenPatrick and Christopher
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Sussex
Surrey University
Royal College of Surgeons of England
Australian National University
University of Illinois
Doctoral students

Michael Eraut was born in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, then British India. For school, Michael and his brother Dennis Eraut travelling from British India by the MV Monte Rosa which was later renamed as the HMT Empire Windrush ship to school in Cambridge, England. Both Michael and his brother excelled in their school years, in mathematics and sports. Dennis Eraut eventually training as a medic and becoming a medical consultant[1].

Education and academic career


Scholar at Trinity Hall, Cambridge 1959-62, BA PhD Cambridge; Fulbright Scholar at University of Illinois, Chicago,1 965-7. Professor of Education, University of Sussex, since 1986. Director of Institute for Continuing and Professional Education 1986-91. Professor Emeritus from 2006.[2]


Best known book, Developing Professional Knowledge and Competence (1994) has now been considerably updated by recent publications. These cover pre-qualification, early career and mid-career learning and range over 12 professions; and include substantial research projects funded by the ESRC and the Departmemts of Education, Health and Employment. I was founder editor of the Blackwells journal Learning in Health and Social Care, 2002-6. I have currrent consultancy work with the University of Surrey (enhancing learning on student placements), Australian National University (preparation for legal practice) and the Royal College of Surgeons (training of specialist registrars).[3]

Nobel Prize

It was regularly said that a Nobel Prize should be created for Eraut's work.


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