Allyson contributes to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programmes in the School of Medicine; primarily the Medicine and Physician Associate programmes. With a particular expertise in development and physiology, she also leads the Bystander Intervention training programme for Medical and Physician Associate undergraduate students. In her role as Outreach Lead Allyson works to encourage participation in, and awareness of, clinical careers. Allyson is a National Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
As a Medical Sciences lecturer Allyson is part of the team delivering scientific content tailored to clinically-oriented careers. She is responsible for delivering key content relating to the development of cells, tissues and organ systems from conception to system maturity, and uses a variety of effective teaching techniques including innovative live-drawing. She also contributes to undergraduate and postgraduate Physiology teaching, which is taught through a mixture of lectures and laboratory sessions. As Outreach Lead, Allyson is responsible for organising and delivering content to support and encourage the aspirations of young people in the local area. She works with schools in Cumbria and Lancashire and the Student Recruitment team at the University of Central Lancashire to deliver engaging sessions for children and young people from primary school through to college. She delivers the Pathways to Medicine programme at the University of Central Lancashire, which supports year 12 students in their journey towards applying to Medicine.
Allyson was appointed as a Lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire in 2017 after a postdoctoral research career at the Universities of Dundee and St Andrews, which focused on Cell and Developmental Biology. Allyson's research interests are in understanding what effects developmental chang;, from external influences such as maternal nutrition to genetic variation using a variety of models and techniques. Topics have included limb and muscle development, neuronal growth and maturation, and cardiac physiology. Allyson has frequently presented her work at International meetings including the British Society of Cell and Developmental Biology meetings, Western Canada Perinatal Research Meeting and the Scottish Initiative for Fetal and Postnatal Development groups. She has published her research in a variety of journals including the Journal of Cell Science and Developmental Biology. Allyson has taught Biology, Development and Physiology for a number of years; contributing to undergraduate Biology and Development teaching at St Andrews University and Physiology at the University of Abertay. She has maintained an interest in public outreach throughout her career, taking part in science fairs, workshops and subject-specific outreach events at Universities and Science museums
- Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, University of Central Lancashire, 2020
- Ph.D. Anatomy: Intrauterine variation in porcine muscle development, Royal Veterinary College, University of London, 2001
- B.Sc. Hons in Developmental Biology, University of Glasgow, 1997
- Widening participation in Medicine
- Gender inclusive teaching
- Effects of nutrition on development
- National Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- Member: British Society of Developmental Biology
- Member: National Medical Schools Widening Participation Forum