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					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.