Danica studied at the University of Cape Town (2011-2019) in South Africa (BSc, BMedScHons, MScMed, PhD) before joining the University of the Western Cape as an educationalist (2020). She joined Oxford as a departmental lecturer in the MSc in Medical Education program in 2023.

The #RhodesMustFall student-led protests in South Africa (2015), calling for free, decolonised Higher Education, sparked her jump from the laboratory bench to the classroom desk, moving from biomedical research to educational research. Her PhD in Health Sciences Education explored clinician-educators’ conceptions of assessment, and factors influencing their assessment practices, in medical programmes in diverse Southern settings.

Her research interests include assessment and feedback, curriculum transformation, technology-enhanced education, faculty development and social justice in medical education.


Clinician educators’ conceptions of assessment in medical education; D. A. Sims; F. J. Cilliers; 2023; Advances in Health Sciences Education; https://doi.org/10.1007/s10459-022-10197-5