Dr Alison Graham

B.Sc. (Hons.), PhD, SFHEA

Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Science and Medical Education

Role at Hull York Medical School

Alison is the Theme Lead for Applied Life Sciences in the MB BS curriculum and Deputy Chair of the Student Fitness to Practise Committee.


Alison is a scientist by background and has research experience in microbiology and biochemistry.

Prior to joining HYMS, she was Senior Lecturer in the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences at Newcastle University. There she pioneered the use of electronic marking and marking criteria, and led the implementation of tablets into teaching. Alison was Newcastle University's Academic Lead for Peer Mentoring for three years and was Admissions Tutor for their undergraduate biology programmes for four years.

As well as achieving Senior Fellowship of the HEA, she has mentored colleagues seeking to achieve either a Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Studies in Academic Practice and/or Fellowship of the HEA themselves.


Alison’s research interests focus on the experiences of students from under-represented groups in higher education.

Alison is a member of the Health Professions Education Unit and Experimental Medicine and Biomedicine Research Group.



  • Phase I Scholarship and Special Interest Programme tutor
  • Block Lead

 Health Professions Education PGCert, PGDip AND MSc (HYMS)

  • Tutor
  • Module Contributor

 Biomedical Sciences (University of York)

  • Stage 3 Science Communication Project Director
  • Stage 2 Infection & Immunology Module Contributor
  • Stage 1 and 2 Tutorial Leader

View Alison's publications on ORCID.

External roles

Alison co-organises the Microbiology Society's annual "Teaching Microbiology in Higher Education" symposium as well as the Microbiology Society's regular Educators' Network webinar series. She was also a member of the Microbiology Society's Professional Development Committee for three years.

Alison is an External Examiner for the Biomedical Sciences B.Sc. programme at Queen Mary University of London.

Honours and awards

In 2018, Alison was awarded Newcastle University’s Vice-Chancellor’s Education Excellence Award in recognition of the impact she had on enhancing the student educational experience. In 2017, she won the award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching (Science, Agriculture and Engineering Faculty) at Newcastle University Students' Union's student-led Teaching Excellence Awards.