I have over approximately 30 years of experience in education, research and senior management across 7 UK HEIs. I have been heavily involved in medical education for several years, leading substantive themes within the medical curriculum at Dundee and responsible for several modules on a Master In Public Health. This has been followed by involvement in the strategic planning for new programmes in OT, Physiotherapy and Social Work, and project management of reaccreditation for undergraduate nursing.
More recently I have been specialising in methods to enhance and integrate both teaching and research to develop a rich academic culture with an impact focus.
In addition, I have 12 years’ experience of leading two different joint university multidisciplinary research units: 5 years as Associate Director and 7 as Director. This includes Directorship of the Chief Scientist Office NMAHP Research Unit, where I oversaw a significant expansion. Although I maintain an international profile for my personal research in behavioural science and research methods my key focus and national & international reputation is on development of research expertise at the individual, group and organizational level – especially in the area of nurses, midwives and allied health professionals (see below). This includes levering and facilitating national policy, and working across HEIs; both Units I have directed have been joint enterprises between two universities.
2000-2010 Senior Lecturer/Reader in Public Health & Behavioural Science. University of Dundee Medical School - Community Health Sciences. I was responsible for the public health, health promotion and behavioural Science in the medical curriculum. I also taught several modules on the Master in Public Health.
2005-2010 Associate Director and then Director of the Social Dimensions of Health Institute (Universities of Dundee & St Andrews) expanded from 2 FTE academic staff to a total of 25 researchers including two professors, a reader and a number of research fellows and research assistants.
2011-2016 Director of the Chief Scientist Office, Midwifery & Allied Health Professions Research Unit (NMAHP RU –Universities of Stirling & Glasgow Caledonian) - this more than doubled in size to over 60 people over a four year period, and an 8-10 fold increase in funding across our two sites (current annual spend £2.75m per annum), and with grant success rates of approximately 50%. The Unit also tripled its staff contribution to REF from 2008 to 2015.
2014-2016 Dean of Research Enhancement University of Stirling. This was a university wide role with a remit to develop the research income of the university and develop capacity and capability across all Schools in the University.
2016- date Head of Health & Social Care Sciences, & Head of University Research Structures. This has involved leading on a variety of initiatives including reviewing work load planning to facilitate both teaching and research, support for the development of several new professional Masters programmes, reaccreditation of the Nursing BN programmes, and leading the setting of new Research Centres and Institutes across the University.