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Dr. Allison Jones

Executive Dean

College of Science and Technology

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Subject Areas: Forensic Science

Dr Allison Jones is the Executive Dean of the College of Science and Technology. Allison joined the Centre for Forensic Sciences at UCLan in 2000, having completed her PhD. Since joining UCLan, Allison has been involved in the development of Forensic Science, Policing and Chemistry and was previously the Dean of the School of Forensic and Applied Sciences. Her research interests include photochemistry, Raman spectroscopy, the analysis of trace evidence and handwriting and ink analysis.

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In 1996, after graduating from Durham University with a degree in chemistry, Allison undertook an MSc in Forensic Science at the University of Strathclyde and completed her research project at the Centre of Forensic Sciences in Toronto which involved protocol development for the analysis of car paint samples.

In 1997, Allison returned to the UK to join the research group of Prof. Andy Beeby, on a funded studentship at Durham University. She worked in the area of spectroscopy and photochemistry and completed a thesis entitled “A Spectroscopic Study of Sunscreens”. During her time in Durham, Allison also carried out work for Keith Borer Consultants on sexual offence cases.

In 2000 Allison joined the academic staff at the University of Central Lancashire in 2000 at the inception of the Centre for Forensic Science and has played a key role in the development of the Forensic Science, Policing and Chemistry.

In 2006, as a Principal Lecturer, Allison was responsible for overseeing quality assurance and enhancement across all of the programmes within the, then, Department of Forensic and Investigative Science. This included partner college engagement and delivery. In 2008, Allison also oversaw the Department’s expansion and merger to become the School of Forensic and Applied Sciences.

In 2009, Allison became the Associate Dean of the School of Forensic and Applied Sciences, with responsible for the operational management of the School. In this role she had strategic responsibilities for recruitment, retention, teaching and learning, course development and quality assurance. This included contributing to the formulation of, and implementation of, policies both within the school, and across the University.

In 2012, Allison became the Dean of the School of Forensic and Applied Sciences where she operated as the Chair of the School Executive Team and a member of the Senior Management Team of the University, contributing to the strategic development of the School and University and the formulation and implementation of policies including HR, HS&E, maintenance of academic standards, complaints and the provision of an appropriate service to students in line with the School's and University's medium and long term goals.

The University restructured into five academic colleges in 2014 and Allison was promoted to the position of Executive Dean. She is now responsible for the development of the College of Science and Technology, comprising the Schools of Engineering, Forensic and Applied Sciences, Physical Sciences and Computing and Psychology, with approximately 4500 students on-campus and over 300 staff.

With her background in photochemistry and spectroscopy her research interests lie in the application of Raman spectroscopy as an analytical tool. This includes the analysis of the range of materials that are commonly encountered as evidence and the development of novel nanoparticle reagents for applications of surface enhanced resonance Raman spectroscopy (SERRS).

Since being at UCLan, most of her research has focused in the areas of protocol development for the analysis of paints, ink, paper and drugs. Some of this work has been carried out in collaboration with the Netherlands Forensic Institute and the Institute of Forensic Sciences in Shanghai. She has supervised students in the areas of the analysis of Arabic handwriting; protocol development for the enhancement of inks on paper; synthesis determination of the mesogenic and photochemical properties of liquid crystalline metal complexes; development of a new generation of photodynamic chemotherapeutic dyes for post-operative wound care and the synthesis of light activated photodynamic therapy dyes for medicinal chemotherapy; the use of porous fingerprinting powder to identify persons involved in the discharge of firearms; the detection and analysis of organophosphates in aircraft cabin air; and the assessment of hidden crime in the road haulage industry.

PhD Photochemistry, Durham University, 2000
MSc Forensic Science, University of Strathclyde, 1997
BSc (Hons) Chemistry, Durham University, 1996

“National characteristics and variation in Arabic handwriting”
Ahmed A.N. Al-Hadhrami, Mike Allen, Colin Moffat and Allison E. Jones
Forensic Science International, 247, 89-96, (2015)

“A rapid, chromatography free, route to substituted acridine–isoalloxazine conjugates under microwave irradiation”
Stephen C. Johns, Laurie L.E. Crouch, Stephen Grieve, Holly L. Maloney, Gary R. Peczkowski, Allison E. Jones, Duncan Sharp and Robert B. Smith
Tetrahedron Letters. 55(22), 3308-3311, (2014)

“Smart Bandages - A Colourful Approach to Early Stage Infection Detection and Control in Post-Operative Wound Care”
Kayleigh L. Brocklesby, Stephen C. Johns, Allison E. Jones, Duncan Sharp and Robert B. Smith
Medical Hypotheses. 80(3), 237-40, (2013)

“Photochemistry of the π-Extended 9,10-Bis(1,3-dithiol-2-ylidene)-9,10-dihydroanthracene System: Generation and Characterisation of the Radical Cation, Dication, and Derived Products” Allison E. Jones, Christian A. Christensen, Dmitrii F. Perepichka, Andrei S. Batsanov, Andrew Beeby, Paul J. Low, Martin R. Bryce, and Anthony W. Parker, Chem. Eur. J., 7(5), 973-978, (2001).



External Activities

Director Lancashire Partnership against Crime; Chairman UCLan Business Services Ltd, Governor and Chair of Quality and Standards Preston’s College; Governor Wigan UTC.

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Raman spectroscopy


Analysis of evidential materials

Handwriting analysis

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Leadership and Management of the College of Science and Technology

Chair of the College Executive Team

Member of the University Academic Board, Academic Standards and Quality Assurance Committee, Student Experience Committee and Research and Innovation Committee.