Senior Lecturer; Professional Lead For Radiography, Programme Leader

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

Tel: 0131 474 0000

Mrs Alanah Kirby (MSc; DCR(R); FHEA; AMInstLM) is a Senior Lecturer; Professional Lead For Radiography in the Dietetics, Nutrition & Biological Sciences, Physiotherapy, Podiatry & Radiography Division.

  • Overview
  • Research Interests
  • Research Publications
  • Funded Projects
  • Teaching & Learning

I came to QMU in 1997 as a lecturer, progressed to Senior Lecturer in 2004 and Professional Lead for Radiography in 2011.  My experience prior to this was as a clinical Radiographer since 1976 and a Senior Research Radiographer since 1989. My particular educational interests were in progressing research in medical imaging and developing the use of electronic facilities in teaching and learning.

Since joining QMU I have lead development teams for several new projects, including the first MSc Diagnostic Radiography Pre-registration programme in Scotland, an MSc Medical Imaging post-registration programme and a one year BSc (Hons) Radiographic Studies programme for Singapore Radiographers. I have acted as a committee member for programme review events both in QMU and externally, including the United Arab Emirates, and have been External Examiner for universities in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

My interest in research ethics has allowed me to sit on several local and UK wide committees for both academic and NHS research projects.

Affiliations/Memberships to Other Organisations:

  • Member of the Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR)
  • Member of the British Medical Ultrasound Society (BMUS)
  • Registered Radiographer, Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Member of the NHS Education for Scotland (NES) Radiography Reference Group
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • Associate Member of the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM)
  • Member of the UK University Research Ethics Committees Forum (UREC)
  • Expert Member of South East Scotland Research Ethics Service (SESRES)
  • Member of the ACCORD University of Edinburgh Healthy Volunteer Research Ethics Committee
  • External Examiner, University College, Dublin

My research interests are in human morphology, especially of the scoliotic spine and lower limb torsion. My research involves developing ways of measuring axial relationships between bony structures in vitro and in vivo using commercially available computer driven precision measuring devices, ultrasound, CT and MRI. As one member of a team of researchers, my aim is to contribute to the aetiology of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis and to better understand the mechanisms of developmental lower limb torsion.


Please see my research publications in eResearch – Queen Margaret University’s repository


Research Methodology

Program Leader:

  • MSc Diagnostic Radiography Pre-registration
  • MSc Medical Imaging
  • BSc (Hons) Radiographic Studies


  • Introduction to Research (R2019) Level 2 (Co-ordinator)
  • Clinical Practice in Diagnostic Imaging 2 (R2029) Level 2
  • Research Principles (R3024) Level 3            (Co-ordinator)
  • Clinical Practice in Diagnostic Imaging 3 (R3034) Level 3
  • Applied Research (R4034) Level 4 (Co-ordinator)
  • Research Methods (R4031) Level 4 (Co-ordinator)
  • Clinical Practice in Diagnostic Imaging 4 (R4033) Level 4
  • Fundamentals of Diagnostic Imaging (RM052) Masters
  • Practice Based Learning 2 (R4023) Masters
  • Practice Based Learning 4 (R4025) Masters
  • Principles of Image Evaluation (RM062) Masters
  • Physics and Instrumentation of Ultrasound (RM070) Masters
  • Research Methods for Health Professionals (PM080) School-wide Masters
  • Dissertation (PM048) School-wide Masters
  • Research Project (PM009) School-wide Masters