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Debra Willison

Professor, Prof

  • 295 Cathedral Street, Thomas Graham Building


    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

1984 …2019

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Personal profile

Personal Statement

Current Responsibilities

Seconded to the Office of the Vice Principal (2017-present)

Undertake duties to support the Vice Prinicpal's portfolio in Learning and Teaching.

Chair of Strathclyde Online (2017-present)

Committee which oversees the coordination and development of digital education activity across the institution with the aim of realizing opportunities, maximizing connectivity and support.

Vice Dean Academic, Faculty of Science (2015-present)

Responsible for the strategic development of teaching and learning in the Faculty of Science, playing a key role in the development of the Faculty academic plan and guiding departments in determining their academic strategy to support this plan.

Key areas of activity include:

  • student recruitment
  • curriculum development
  • learning enhancement
  • retention
  • widening participation
  • quality assurance


Research Interests

My research interests centre on the enhancement of learning and teaching within the following areas of focus: 

  • Student Transitions in Higher Education
  • Students as Partners in Academic Development
  • Personal Development Planning
  • Employability
  • Widening Participation

Previously, my research profile centred on the synthesis of ferrocene derivatives and metal carbonyl complexes and their use as chiral auxiliaries in asymmetric synthesis.

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Research Output

BGE Pupils: Analysis of Soils in Scottish Schools (SPELT)

Willison, D. & Davidson, C., 24 Jan 2019, Glasgow: University of Strathclyde.

Research output: Working paperOther working paper

Measuring copper, lead and zinc concentrations and oral bioaccessibility as part of the Soils in Scottish Schools project

Davidson, C. M., Duncan, C., MacNab, C., Pringle, B., Stables, S. J. & Willison, D., 11 Mar 2019, In : Minerals. 9, 3, 13 p., 173.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    12 Downloads (Pure)


    Chartered Chemist of the Royal Society of Chemistry

    Debbie Willison (Recipient), 1990

    Prize: Election to learned society

    Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

    Debbie Willison (Recipient), 2008

    Prize: Election to learned society


    University of Manchester

    Debra Willison (Visiting researcher)
    26 Feb 2020

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution

    Multidisciplinary Perspectives of Sustainable Development

    Debra Willison (Speaker)
    29 Jan 202030 Jan 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation