I joined the university in 2002 after working in the National Health Service for nearly 20 years. She has a long standing interest in student engagement and enhancement 

Alison brings a wealth of experience in practice, education, and leadership to the role of Director of the Instutute of Health. She previously worked as an Occupational Therapist and gained a vast experience of working with individuals with occupational performance issues caused by their medical, neurological, surgical, orthopaedic and age-related conditions; as well as leadership and management experience. She has also worked as a medical researcher and a research therapist. 

Qualifications and memberships

MSc, PgD, PgCE, BA (Hons), DipCOT, SFHEA

Member of the Council of Occupational Therapy Education Directors

Member of the Council of Deans of Health, and a member of the Council’s Regulation Advisory Group

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council as an Occupational Therapist

Professional member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists

Royal College of Occupational Therapists pre-registration programme accreditor

Academic and research interests

  • Student/Staff collaboration
  • Enhancing student satisfaction
  • Occupational therapy
  • Learning anatomy
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Digital health technologies

Recent external roles

I currently hold two External Examiner posts;

  • BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy programme at the University of East Anglia
  • BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy programme at Queen Margaret's University

and have been an External Expert for numerous university validation events around the country.

Other Roles

Governor of Lakes College

Governor of the North Cumbria Partnership NHS Trust

Trustee of Age UK (Carlisle and Eden)