Dr Simon Butler

Senior Lecturer, Course Leader for DipHE Paramedic Studies, Admissions Tutor for Paramedic Science

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care

School:Allied Health

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Paramedic science

Research Supervision:Yes

Simon is an Advanced Paramedic and professionally qualified teacher who specialises in bioscience relating to clinical education. His particular areas of interest are neuropsychology, pharmacology and toxicology. He is an alumnus of Wolfson College, University of Cambridge, having undertaken doctoral research into the neurobiology, endocrinology and psychology of adolescent behaviour.

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Simon is an experienced teacher of natural sciences, computer science and health and social care. As the former Head of Education and Training of a large NHS Trust, he is interested in the contribution of science education to clinical practice.

A practicing Paramedic with approaching forty years of clinical experience, he is currently employed in the School of Allied Health as a Senior Lecturer, Course Leader (DipHE in Paramedic Studies) and Admissions Tutor.

Research interests

  • Educational neuroscience and psychology
  • Adolescent endocrinology and behaviour
  • Adolescent neuropsychology and changes in executive function
  • Development of interventions to support the educational inclusion of children with challenging behaviour
  • Associations between the level of education and the clinical effectiveness of allied health professionals

Areas of research supervision

Simon supervises undergraduates completing the undergraduate major project in the Faculty. He has experience of supervising the research of final year students undertaking the University of Cambridge Education Tripos.

Simon annually supervises research interns currently undertaking three projects relating to standards of paramedic clinical education. Recent projects include “Defining national standards in paramedic education” and research into ‘neuromyths’ in higher education teaching practices and paramedic clinical pain management.


  • BSc Paramedic Science
  • DipHE Paramedic Studies
  • Pharmacology in independent prescribing for nursing and allied health professionals
  • Supervisor for the University of Cambridge Education, Neuroscience and Society paper (Education Tripos)


  • EdD, University of Cambridge
  • MA in Education, The Open University
  • Advanced Diploma in Special Educational Needs, The Open University
  • MSc Medical Science, The Open University
  • BSc (Hons) in Natural Sciences with Biology, The Open University
  • Diploma in Biological Sciences, The Open University
  • Certificate in Natural Sciences, The Open University

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Biology
  • Member of Cambridge Neuroscience
  • Member of the International Mind, Brain and Education Society
  • Member of the College of Paramedics
  • Registrant of the General Teaching Council for England (registration 0631620)
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Selected recent publications

Butler, S., 2020. Understanding the Relationship Between the Biopsychological Development of Adolescent Boys and their Behaviour in the School Context (Doctoral thesis).

Butler, S. J., 2019. The trouble with boys [blog post], 23 September 2019.

Butler, S., 2011. Can participation in a solution-focussed intervention group improve behaviour in the mainstream setting for boys identified as exhibiting difficult to manage behaviour? (Milton Keynes: The Open University).

Butler, S., 2010. Using Information and Communications Technology to support inclusivity in science learning for children with cognitive learning difficulties (Milton Keynes: The Open University).

Butler, S., 2009. Assessing the Benefits of Peer-Assisted Learning Strategies for Key Stage Three ICT Students with Literacy Difficulties (Milton Keynes: The Open University).

Butler, S., 2008. Surviving septicaemia: a mini-review of the medicinal chemistry of contemporary therapeutics (Milton Keynes: The Open University).

Butler, S., 2007. Comparative Study of Chemotherapeutic Interventions in Ethanol, Nicotine and Cannabis Addiction. Milton Keynes: The Open University.

Butler, S. .J. and Hotchkiss, K., 2004. Introduction to Clinical Practice (Norwich: University of East Anglia).

Butler S. J. and Ercole, A., 2003. Pathophysiology and Clinical Practice (Norwich: University of East Anglia).

Butler S. J. and Ercole, A., 2002. Medical Science in Clinical Practice. (Norwich: University of East Anglia).