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Personal Statement

Alison is a Reader in Physical Activity for Health at Strathclyde University and a core member of the Physical Activity for Health group.  She completed a BSc in Physiology and Sports Science at the University of Glasow (1998) before undertaking a PhD through the same university (completed 2003).  She was a Lecturer at Dundee University (2003-2008) before moving to Strathclyde University in 2009.

Teaching Interests

  • Established 20 year track record of designing, organising and delivering a range of undergraduate and postgraduate classes including the development and validation of several new classes and overall review of degree programmes. Strong focus towards research integrated teaching and utilisation of innovative methods of teaching. Focus also towards developing transferable skills to improve employability of students during and after their undergraduate or postgraduate degree.
  • Evidence of leading teaching programmes through current role as Course Leader for the MRes in Physical Activity for Health and past roles as Course Leader for the BSc Sport and Physical Activity degree and co-ordinator for two BA programmes (Sport and Psychology and Sport and Education).
  • Past and current leadership roles as examination officer, disability co-ordinator, year group co-ordinator.
  • Four years experience as Postgraduate Deputy Director including promoting applications for PG research, supporting students and organisation and chair of Viva examinations.
  • Previous invited external examiner for BSc Sport, Physical activity and Health degree programme at the University of Leeds Metropolitan (2012-2016) and MSc Clinical Exercise Science at Edinburgh Napier University (2016-2021).
  • Invited examiner for 12 PhD thesis (11 external) including: University of Leicester (2023), University of Edinburgh (2023), University of Loughborough (2020), Australian Catholic University (2020), Glasgow University (July 2019), Deakin University, Australia (June 2017), Strathclyde University (September 2016), Stirling University (June 2014), Newcastle University (March 2014), Ulster University (November 2011), Victoria University, Australia (June 2011), Bristol University (March 2009), Birmingham University (July 2007).
  • Successful postgraduate research supervision with 11 completed  and 5 ongoing PhDs.

Research Interests

  • 24 year programme of translational research exploring methods of supporting active lifestyles for diabetes prevention and management which has led to UK and International impact on health care policy and practice.
  • In total 86 refereed publications since 2003. 4006 citations from publications. Current H Index of 33. 
  • Awarded over £3,000,000 in grant funding for research since award of PhD in 2003, including a number as PI, several multicentre trials and collaborative PhD studentships.

Expertise & Capabilities

Has expertise in:

  • Physical activity and sedentary behaviour and behaviour change with particular focus on diabetes
  • Development of interventions to support active lifestyles
  • Integration of digital technology to support behaviour change

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Promoting physical activity in people with Type 2 diabetes, UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW

Dec 1999Jan 2003

Award Date: 6 Jun 2003

Bachelor of Science, Physiology and Sports Science , University of Glasgow

Oct 1994May 1998

Award Date: 5 Jun 1998


  • Diabetes
  • Physical activity
  • Sedentary Behaviour
  • Interventions
  • Digital health


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