Debra Willison

Senior Teaching Fellow

Personal Statement

Current Responsibilities

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

Director for the Centre for Forensic Science (2016-present)

Provide leadership for staff within the Centre in the areas of teaching and knowledge exchange.

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.



  1. Scottish Government (External organisation)

    Activity: MembershipMembership of committee

  2. Northumbria University

    Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution

  3. University of Southampton

    Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution

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  1. The Chemistry Clinic

    Project: Internally funded projectKnowledge Exchange

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  1. Ist Prize Poster

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  2. Most Supportive Teacher Award

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  3. Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

    Prize: Election to learned society

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Debra Willison

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