Dr. Valerie Smart

Project Manager

School of Medicine

Samuel Lindow Building SLB102

Valerie joined UCLan in July 2016 and is the project manager based at the West Cumberland Medical Education Centre, where she is involved in the development of a range of courses across the campus. Her background includes a career in biochemistry and genetics research as well as being involved in education. 

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Valerie completed a BSc & a PhD in Glasgow before embarking on a post-doctoral research fellowship in the US. This was followed by several years in the pharmaceutical industry and as a research scientist at the Westlakes Research institute where she was involved in several projects investigating chromosomal damage as a result of radiation exposure. For the past 12 years she taught Biology and was Head of Department at an independent boarding school.


  • B.Sc.(Hons) Applied Biology and Biochemistry, Glasgow Caledonian University, 1986
  • Ph.D. Biochemistry, Glasgow Caledonian University, 1989