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Alison Hartley

PositionAssociate Dean (Learning and Teaching)
DepartmentDean's Team, Faculty of Health Studies
Telephone01274 236397
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Research Interests (key words only)

Educational research, collaborative learning, peer-led learning, social learning, informal learning through social networks

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

Teaching and assessment across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the subjects of:

  • public health and health inequalities
  • health behaviours
  • pharmacology
  • prescribing pain
  • reflective writing


Administrative Responsibilities

  • Chair
  • Faculty Learning and Teaching Committee Chair
  • Faculty Programme Approval Panel Chair
  • Faculty Practice Education group member
  • Faculty Senior Management team member
  • Faculty Board member
  • University Programme Approval panel member
  • University External Examiners sub-committee member
  • University Learning and Committee member
  • University Senate


Alison is a registered Pharmacist, originally working in community pharmacy with a particular interest in public health, substance misuse and pre-registration training.

She joined the University of Bradford as a Pharmacist Teacher Practitioner, and became the MPharm programme leader when we introduced team-based learning across the curriculum. During that time Alison's interest in education grew and she has completed a Masters in Clinical Education focusing her research on collaborative learning through social networks.

Alison joined the Faculty of Health Studies in 2015 as a Curriculum Development Associate, supporting colleagues across the University in the design and approval of new courses and advising on academic quality standards. During that time Alison led the development of courses in PGDip in Physician Associate Studies, International Certificate of Foundation Studies and MBBS (Medicine) through design and approval processes bringing together colleagues from across different faculties, directorates and external partner clinicians to work collaboratively together.

Alison is studying her PhD with the Leeds Institute of Medical Education, University of Leeds, exploring further collaborative learning through informal social networks.

Alison has maintained her specialist knowledge and passion for active, collaborative learning practices, most notably for team-based learning and is a founding member of the European Team-Based-Learning Collaborative.

Alison is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and continues to mentor colleagues undertaking professional accreditation by the Higher Education Academy.

Study History

  • 2017-2022: PhD (Medical Education), Leeds Institute of Medical Education, University of Leeds
  • 2013-2014: MEd in Clinical Education, University of Leeds
  • 2011-2012: PG Cert in Clinical Education, University of Leeds
  • 2004: Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy, University of Bradford
  • 1999: BPharm (Hons), University of Bradford

Professional History

  • 2018 - Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching), Faculty of Health Studies, University of Bradford
  • 2018 Vice Chancellor's Outstanding Achievement Award: Outstanding curriculum development in Advanced Healthcare
  • 2017 Higher Education Academy, Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence for pioneering implementation of team-based learning and their transformation of the student learning experience 2017 Aurora programme, Leadership Foundation for Higher Education
  • 2017 Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy awarded
  • 2015-2018 Curriculum Development Associate, Faculty of Health Studies, University of Bradford
  • 2012-2015 Programme Leader MPharm, Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice, University of Bradford
  • 2014 Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award, University of Bradford
  • 2013 Fellow Higher Education Academy awarded
  • 2006-2012 Teacher Practitioner, Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice, University of Bradford (part time)
  • 2009-2013 Local Pharmacy Tutor, Centre for Postgraduate Pharmacy Education (CPPE), University of Manchester (part time)
  • 1999-2012 Pharmacist/Pre-registration tutor/Pre-registration trainer/Pharmacy technician CPD trainer/Postgraduate pharmacist CPD trainer/manager

Professional Activities

  • Registered Pharmacist with General Pharmaceutical Council
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy Board member
  • European Team-Based Learning Collaborative

Research Areas

  • Education research
  • Curriculum development
  • Team-based learning
  • Active and collaborative learning
  • Social networks
  • Informal networks for learning

Current Projects

  • HEFCE Catalyst Project - scaling up the use of active learning pedagogies
  • Team-based learning consultancies

Research Collaborations

  • Anglia Ruskin University
  • Nottingham Trent University


  • Hartley AS and Kassam AA (2015) Social Networking for Learning in Higher Education: Capitalising on Social Capital. In: Proceedings of the Social Media and Learning in Higher Education Conference. Sheffield Hallam, UK. 18 Dec 2015.

Public/Academic/Stakeholder Engagement

Conference presentations/workshops:

  • Hartley, A (2018) Scaling Up Active Collaborative Learning for Student Success. Open University, eSTEem seminar series (invited talk)
  • Hartley, A. Fraser, J. Purvis, J. Tweddell, S. (2015) Developing a Long-Loop Assessment using Team-Based Learning. Team Based Learning Collaborative Annual Conference 2015 Conference Best Poster, Florida. March 2015.
  • Tweddell, S. Hartley, A., Fraser, J. McCarter, R. (2014). Workshop ‘Team Based Learning: The future is now?’ Higher Education Academy (HEA) Annual Conference. Aston. July 2014
  • Hartley, A. McLean S. (2014). Poster ‘Integration within the classroom: how to maximise effectiveness’. Pharmacy Education Conference. Manchester. June 2014. Hartley A. Fraser J. (2014). Oral Presentation ‘Experiences of TBL in the UK’. Team Based Learning: Group Work That Engages Students. A masterclass from the US and experiences from the UK. Bradford. June 2014.

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