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    United Kingdom

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1984 …2020
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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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Projects 2010 2020

Research Output 1984 2019

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
Health risks
Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry


Chartered Chemist of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Debra Willison (Recipient), 1990

Prize: Election to learned society

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Debra Willison (Recipient), 2008

Prize: Election to learned society

Activities 1999 2019

PFHEA Network Meeting

Debra Willison (Participant)
9 Sep 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Engaging Students in Employability Skills: A Comparative Study between Scotland and Australia

Debra Willison (Speaker)
17 Jul 201919 Jul 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation