Laboratories & Technical Services Manager

Division: School Of Health Sciences

Tel: 0131 474 0000

Andrew Grainger (BSc, MSc) is a Laboratories & Technical Services Manager, responsible for the operation, administration and maintenance of all the laboratories, specialist accommodation and resources in the School of Health Sciences, including provision of the technical service and day to day management of the technical team. 

I have overall responsibility for health & safety of laboratories and am a qualified Biosafety Practitioner.

In my previous role as Senior Physiology Technician, I provided specialist technical support to academic staff and students undertaking practical sessions including demonstrating and instruction on specialised Physiological (medical) instrumentation.

Also advising and instructing post graduate(MSc & PhD) and undergraduate students on suitable research methodology alongside the operation of specialist equipment, O2 gas analysis, EMG, ECG, 3D Motion Analysis, in supporting student dissertation data collection.

I have previously worked as an associate/visiting lecturer, with input into the Masters Level, Applied Exercise Science module and Undergraduate Investigation of Human Performance (IHP) and Research Methods modules, of which I was given sole responsibility as module co-ordinator.

This encompassed the development, delivery and dissemination of teaching materials for lectures, tutorials and practical/laboratory sessions, along with the production and marking of assessments (course work, examinations, dissertations and presentations).

I also have 15 years’ experience supervising and assessing dissertations at both BSc and Masters Level, for experimental as well as systematic review projects. I have supervised a number of varied projects as a dissertation supervisor and feel my experience has allowed me to develop a good working relationship with students.






Current research focus is on the evaluation of physical activity. I worked as research assistant and sole researcher on an NHS Health Scotland funded project titled : Evaluation of the effectiveness of play@home, using accelerometry  to evaluate the physical activity of pre-school children.

As a dissertation supervisor I have also used accelerometry to evaluate the activity patterns of academic staff and student and compare this with national health guidelines, and to investigate the effectiveness of different interventions to reduce sedentary time.

Research Grants & Contracts Funding:

Evaluation of the effectiveness of the play@home. funded project where I worked as research assistant.