Gordon Becket

Prof. Gordon Becket

Professor of Pharmacy Practice

School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

Maudland Building, MB138

+44 (0) 1772 89 5806

Gordon is research active within the area of pharmacy and biomedical sciences and is a member of the Pharmacy Practice Research Group.

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Gordon Becket is Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, University of Central Lancashire. After graduating from the School of Pharmacy, University of London, Gordon worked in hospital and industrial pharmacy before undertaking postgraduate studies in the area of medicinal chemistry at the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. Following this, Gordon was a lecturer in pharmaceutics in the School of Pharmacy at RGU for four years before moving to SE Asia where he worked as senior lecturer in pharmacy practice in the Department of Pharmacy, National University of Singapore. After twelve years in Singapore, Gordon joined the School of Pharmacy at the University of Otago as senior lecturer in pharmacy practice and later became Associate Dean for postgraduate professional programmes. In the latter role, he was responsible for developing the distance-taught professional programmes throughout New Zealand. He was also a director of two local community pharmacies. Gordon has maintained research interests in both pharmaceutical science and pharmacy practice, is the author of more than 100 publications and has supervised more than 25 research students.


Norris, P., Horsburgh, S., Keown, S., Arroll, B., Lovelock, K., Cumming, J., Herbison, P., Crampton, P. and Becket, Gordon (2011) Too much and too little? Prevalence and extent of antibiotic use in a New Zealand region. Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, 66 (8). pp. 1921-1926. ISSN 0305-7453

Horsburgh, Simon, Norris, Pauline, Becket, Gordon, Crampton, Peter, Arroll, Bruce, Cumming, Jacqueline, Herbison, Peter and Sides, Gerald (2010) The Equity in Prescription Medicines Use Study: Using community pharmacy databases to study medicines utilisation. Journal of Biomedical Informatics, 43 (6). pp. 982-987. ISSN 15320464

Horsburgh S., Norris P., Becket G., Arrol B., Cumming J., Herbison P. Dispensing to the elderly in a New Zealand town: too much or too little? International Journal of Pharmacy Practice (2008), 16, Supplement 2, B18-19.

Wilson S., Dyke J., Gidman W. Becket G. An interdisciplinary analysis of professionalism: student perceptions, core concepts, and the implications for pharmacy practice and education. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice (2008), 16, Supplement 2, B38-39.

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Research Interests

Deliver of drugs into and through the skin using chemical enhancers

Analysis of prescribing trends using prescription databases

Application of geographical information systems (GIS) in health research

Pharmacy education at undergraduate and postgraduate levels

Professionalism in pharmacy

Research Projects

Evaluating professionalism in pharmacy practice

Application of geographical information systems (GIS) in health research

Percutaneous absorption of drugs

Equity in prescription medicines use (New Zealand Health Research Council)

Teaching Activities

Professional communication and concordance

Problem-based and inter-professional learning learning

Professionalism in pharmacy

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PhD, CNAA, Robert Gordons University, Aberdeen (Medicinal Chemistry)

BPharm(Hons), University of London


Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, M.R.PharmS.

Royal Society of Chemistry, M.R.S.C., C.Chem.

Institute of Biology, M.I.Biol., C.Biol.

Institute of Pharmacy Management M.I.Pharm.M.

Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand. M.P.S. (NZ)

Fellow of New Zealand College of Pharmacists F.N.Z.C.P.

American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists

International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP)

New Zealand Chapter of the Controlled Release Society

Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Association for the Study of Medical Education