Co-editor, Clinical Governance: an International Journal; Professor of Information Management, UCLAN
Alan is Co-editor of Clinical Governance: an International Journal and has been Professor of Information Management at the University of Central Lancashire since 1994.
He graduated from The Queen's College, Oxford in 1984 in Chemistry. His PhD, probably the first to be awarded by the University of Central Lancashire after gaining its charter in 1992, was in problem solving methodology using knowledge based systems and formed the basis of his first book The Integration of Expert Systems Into Mainstream Software.
After nearly five years at the IT Institute at the University of Salford, he returned to Preston, and in 1998 joined the newly formed Lancashire School of Health and Postgraduate Medicine. In 2008, the School was amalgamated and expanded to form the School of Public Health and Clinical Sciences, and he became the School Research Co-ordinator.
He has also held part time positions at the University of Oxford PGMET, RMIT in Australia, and in 2002 was awarded Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Cluj Napoca.In 2009, he became Co-editor of Clinical Governance: an International Journal and also took up a Visiting Fellowship at Harris Manchester College, Oxford.
Alan has over 100 publications including over 30 peer reviewed articles and 18 books. He has recently returned from a project working with John Howard for the Czech Government, He also has ongoing work in Ontario Canada, and has just been successful in bidding with Mark Cutter for the AHEAD-EU project on widening access for disabled students, with partners in Germany and Sweden.