MBE PhD FInstP CPhys FIET CEng FWES FHEA
Alison trained as a research physicist at the University of Reading. She joined Aston University School of Engineering and Applied Science in 2010 and is currently Associate Dean. Her earlier career included pioneering research, management of applied research and strategic direction of specific programmes for the Ministry of Defence (MoD). As a Department Head, she transitioned teams in the former MoD research laboratories to Agency status then to a profit driven commercial company. Her last role in QinetiQ was as University Partnerships Director, gaining a reputation nationally for her interests in knowledge exploitation between businesses and universities.
Alison is a Panel Member for HEFCE REF Panel B13 (Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Metallurgy and Materials). She was Interim Chair of the EPSRC User Panel and Member of Council, and Chaired the CBI Inter-Company Academic Relations Group. In 2010, Alison Chaired the Review of the use of “Roberts money” for researchers skills development.
She is an enthusiastic ambassador for women in science and engineering since her own student days, and the need for these STEM skills. She has been a member of Council of the Institute of Physics and a member of Council of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. She is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of Women in Engineering Society (their first). Her MBE, awarded in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2002, is for Services to the Institute of Physics.