William Allen BSc PGCHET PhD FHEA
    Phone: +44 (0)28 9097 2014

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    Administrative Responsibilites: I play a significant role in administration and management.  These roles are chiefly related to the Postgraduate Taught programmes and the BSc programmes delivered by the School, but I also play a role in the oversight of  Research Ethics both at School and Central University level.  The details of my activities are listed below.


    Centre for Biomedical Sciences Education

    Programme coordinator for BSc Human Biology

    Student Consultative Committee (SSCC)

    Learning and Teaching Committee (SLTC)

    BSc Biomedical Science / Human Biology / Medical Science Examination Board


    Centre for Medical Education

    Portfolio Management Group


    Postgraduate Education & Professional Development

    Deputy Chair Postgraduate Taught Board

    Chair Postgraduate Taught Examination Boards

    Chair Postgraduate Taught Exceptional Circumstances Committee

    Member of Postgraduate Management Team Committee

    Member of MSc Clinical Anatomy Management Committee

    Programme Director MRes Molecular Medicine


    School Level Responsibilities

    School Research Ethics Committee


    University Level Responsibilities

    University Research Ethics Committee


    Professional Society Membership

    The Anatomical Society of Great Britain & Ireland

    Diabetes UK (Professional Section)

    The British Society for Cell Biology

    International Society for Stem Cell Research

    Fellow of the Higher Education Academy UK

    Research Statement


    I am interested in the control and mechanisms of cell migration with particular emphasis on the actin cytoskeleton and the small Rho family GTPases. I have looked at how cell migration is modified in and or contributes to a number of medically significant conditions including breast cancer and Type 2 Diabetes. Currently I am investigating how exposure to elevated glucose concentrations affects the cytoskeleton and migration of endothelial cells potentially contributing to the increased vascular pathology suffered by diabetics.

    Over my career I have published a number of highly cited papers in high impact journals, some of which are Citation Classics.


    I coordinate the final year Research Project module for the BSc Biomedical Science and BSc Human Biology programmes. I am currently looking at how academic performance in the first 2 years of the degree predicts the performance in the research project. I am also interested in how well the 3rd year Research project prepares students for postgraduate research and performance with the aim of determining if more emphasis should be put on performance in this aspect of the undergraduate degree, rather than overall degree outcome when offering places and or studentships for postgraduate research.


    I play a major role in the organization and delivery of the three BSc programmes run by the Centre for Biomedical Sciences Education (BSc Biomedical Science, BSc Human Biology & iBSc Medical Science).  I currently coordinate four BSc modules, one of which is the double module final year research project.  I also teach on two additional BSc modules.  I am Programme Coordinator for BSc Human Biology, a role that involves me sitting on the Learning & Teaching and the Staff Student Consultative Committees for the BSc programmes.

    I also play a major role in the School's Postgraduate Taught programmes.  I am Deputy Director  for Postgraduate Taught Education which involves me acting as Deputy Chair of the Postgraduate Taught Board, Chair of PGT examination Boards and Chair of the PGT Exceptional Circumstances Committee.  I was also the Programme Director for the MRes in Molecular Medicine.  I coordinated four modules for the MRes Molecular Medicine and one module for the MSc in Clinical Anatomy.  I also teach on a module for the MRes Translational Medicine programme.

    I contribute to the Student Selected Component (SSC) programme for 1st and 2nd year Medical Students.  In this role I offer an innovative SSC on Human Evolution, which has become one of the most popular 1st year SCCs.

    I have also in the past contributed to both the Dental and nursing programmes, and to the BSc Genetics programme.

    I have been elected to Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.


    Major Education Roles: 

    Programme Coordinator for BSc Human Biology

    Adviser of Studies for MSc in Interprofessional Health Care Management


    Module Coordination:

    Module Coordinator BMS3012 - BSc Research Project

    Module Coordinator BMS3015 - Scientific Literature Review 

    Module Coordinator BMS3003 - Developmental Studies

    Module Coordinator BMS2015 - Molecular Cell Biology


    Module Coordinator SCM8076 - Evolution of the Human Body


    Student Selected Component (SSC) Coordination:

    MED1021 - 1st year SSC (Human Evolution)

    MED2016 - 2nd year SSC (Cell Migration & Chemotaxis)


    Other Teaching - I also contribute to the following modules:

    BMS3024 - Tissue Biology & Pathology

    BMS2026 - Cells & Tissues

    SCM7052 - Genomics, Cell Biology & Human Disease


    External Teaching:

    Guest Lecturer - School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Ulster


    Fellow of the Higher Education Academy UK


    Frequent Journals

    • Diabetologia

      ISSNs: 0012-186X

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1432-0428

      Springer Verlag

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 5.79 SJR 3 SNIP 1.752


    • Diabetic Medicine

      ISSNs: 0742-3071

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1464-5491


      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 2.85 SJR 1.515 SNIP 1.225


    • Journal of Anatomy

      ISSNs: 0021-8782

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1469-7580


      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 2.59 SJR 1.2 SNIP 1.164


    • Diabetes

      ISSNs: 0012-1797

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1939-327X

      American Diabetes Association Inc.

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 5.64 SJR 3.636 SNIP 1.796


    • Journal of Bone and Mineral Research

      ISSNs: 0884-0431

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1523-4681


      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 5.29 SJR 2.386 SNIP 1.915


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