Professor David Phoenix University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) Professor David Phoenix has influenced the development of education in universities, schools and colleges in the UK and overseas and he has had a major impact on the student experience at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. In 2000 he launched the Department of Forensic and Investigative Science at the UCLAN and became its inaugural head. This was visionary at the time as he brought together a truly multidisciplinary mix of academics (for example, biologists, chemists and criminologists) and practitioners (for example, crime scene officers and police officers). From a small base of three staff and 12 students the department has grown to be one of the largest in Europe with 60 staff, 800 students, and a complement of over 50 research students. He supported the LTSN as a Coordinator for the Physical Sciences network with responsibility for Forensic Science. For his support in developing a forensic faculty in Canada he was made a Distinguished Visiting Professor by the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in 2004. He was successful in obtaining funds from the Higher Education Funding Council (HEFCE) in the UK to set up a National Knowledge Exchange focused on crime reduction in partnership with other Universities and business. He also provided the Regional Crime Lead for the Northwest on a HEFCE funded regeneration bid and advised the Sector Skills Council for Science Engineering, Manufacturing and Technology (SEMTA) on issues related to developing degrees in Forensic Science. He has worked as Editor in Chief for leading educational journals such as the Journal of Biological Education as well as sitting on a number of editorial boards for other international science journals. As well as a strong record of research publication he has also written and edited a number of undergraduate text books within the areas of life science and mathematics. As a Science Ambassador for SETPOINT he has maintained his interest in science education leading on the development and delivery of a range of school science clubs and supporting pupil’s engagement with the national CREST Award Scheme During 2003 he became Dean of Science and launched a new School of Pharmacy. At this time he began developing links overseas with the aim of expanding higher education opportunity, especially in India. He was invited to become a member of the D Y Patil Academic Council supporting not only a University but a network of over 100 educational institutes in India. He was awarded a grant by the British Council as part of the UK-India Education and Research Initiative to support the development of biomedical education in India looking at both degree provision and underpinning research activity. During this time he also remained the UK representative on the European Committee of Biological Associations (ECBA) and for a while was the ECBA Commissioner for Biotechnology. As Chair of the ECBA membership panel he worked on the criteria for professional recognition of biologists within the EU. In 2008 he became Deputy Vice-Chancellor with responsibility for strategic planning and performance across the University of Central Lancashire group. As Professor of Biochemistry he remains an active researcher with an interest in protein targeting and drug design.