Lecturer, Health Sciences Academic Wiser Coordinator

Division: Dietetics, Nutrition & Biological Sciences, Physiotherapy, Podiatry & Radiography

Tel: 0131 474 0000

Ken Aitchison (PGDip, BSc Science), is a lecturer and the Health Sciences Academic Wiser Coordinator in the Dietetics, Nutrition & Biological Sciences, Physiotherapy, Podiatry & Radiography Division.

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Currently my job is split into lecturer and widening participation and retention coordinator for the school of Health Sciences. My background is in drug clinical trials.


I currently lecture to students throughout Health Sciences and Psychology. Teaching in chemistry and physiology. I am also part of the manual handling training team.

Widening Access

I currently run the QMU Student Volunteer group, which visits schools and science festivals across East Central Scotland. I work with Royal Society of Edinburgh, Royal College of Surgeons, Royal College of Physicians, Children’s University, Midlothian, Dunbar and Edinburgh Science Festivals, as well as schools in Lothian, Fife and Borders.

My role also involves communicating with all the Allied Health Professions and looking at their access or retention issues.

Affiliations/Memberships to Other Organisations:

  • Midlothian Science Festival, Scottish Manual Handling Forum, STEM Ambassador

Other Funding:

WISER – Outreach funding QMU Volunteer Student Group

Primary teaching is in chemistry and physiology. Additional teaching is as Manual Handling Trainer.


Level 1

  • D1156 - Cell Biology and Physiology

Level 2

  • D2141 - Laboratory Investigative Procedures
  • D2144 - Professional Development in Scientific Analysis

Level 3

  • D3176 - Food Analysis

Level 4

  • D4156 - Honours Projects
  • School manual handling modules

Presenter for Royal Society of Edinburgh Science Masterclasses @QMU