Vice-Principal for Academic Development and the Student Experience

Liz HancockBiographical Details

Liz qualified as Chartered Physiotherapist in 1980, from Grampian School of Physiotherapy, and worked clinically in a variety of roles over a period of 8 years both in NHS Highland and Borders. During this time she completed a Postgraduate Diploma Biomechanics by distance learning through the University of Strathclyde with the topic of research being rehabilitation of the anterior cruciate ligaments. Following a move to Robert Gordon University in 1988 her career was initially focussed on undergraduate physiotherapy education during which time she completed a Certificate in Education at Jordanhill College of Education followed by an MSc by research through the Department of Bioengineering in the University of Aberdeen. The focus of research was an investigation of 3 dimensional motion of the spine in patients with acute sciatic scoliosis. Following appointment to Head of School of Health Sciences in 2004 she facilitated the development of a multiprofession department through integration of teaching and research activity. Her work in developing the first pre-registration M level qualifying programme in physiotherapy was the first to have recognition by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and the Commission for Accreditation of Physiotherapy Education (CAPTE) in the USA. In 2015 Liz led the development of a Doctoral qualifying programme in physiotherapy. Another first in the UK. This development has enabled the university to retain ac

creditation by CAPTE.  In recognition she was awarded Fellowship of the CSP in 2017. More recently she led the development of a suite of four year undergraduate integrated Masters  degrees in Diagnostic Radiography, Dietetics, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy, the first of their kind in Scotland.

Liz acted as Chair of the Scottish Board of the CSP from 2007 – 2016, acts as an education visitor for the CSP for qualifying programmes, is the current Chair of the Allied Health Professions Academic Heads group in Scotland and prior to taking on the VP role a member of the Council of Deans for Health Scotland.


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