Lecturer in Physiology
My background includes a BSc (Honours) in pharmacology from Glasgow University and a PhD, awarded in 1989, from Strathclyde University. Immediately before taking up post here I had spent several years as a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Dermatology at Glasgow University.
I am programme leader for the Human Biology with Sociology and Psychology course, and module leader for the programme’s fourth year dissertation/project double module. In addition, I am module leader for the level 1 physiology service module delivered to nursing undergraduates and for the level 1 physiology module taken by Framework and Biomedical Science students. I also have a great deal of input into postregistration and postgraduate courses run by the School of Health and Life Sciences, notably the non-medical prescribing programme.
I am co-author of Ross and Wilson’s Anatomy and Physiology in Health and Illness, now in its tenth edition. I have been co-author for the past three editions and we are about to start work on the eleventh. This level 1 textbook is aimed at a wide range of health care professions and the accompanying study guide, of which I’m also co-author, is now in its third edition.
My main extracurricular activities centre round music and I love live concerts (mainly classical) as well as opera, ballet and theatre. A few years ago I took up the cello, which has become an all-consuming passion. When I’m not practising scales I like walking and gardening too.