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Mr Peter Alston BSc (Hons), MSc, PGCert, FHEA, PhD

Honorary Lecturer School of Life Sciences


Personal Statement

Pete is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the School of Health Sciences and is a Principal Lecturer in Learning and Teaching at BPP University. Previously, he was Director for Learning Solutions at Laureate Online Education, where he provided strategic vision and oversight for the design and development of University of Liverpool online academic programs. Until 2013, he was a Lecturer (Learning Technology) in the School of Life Sciences, providing direction on the use of TEL within the School. He has recently contributed to development of the School's Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) entitled Physiology: the Science of Life, working alongside Dr. Terry Gleave and the Centre for Educational Development and Support (CEDS).

With a background in information systems and web development/programming, he holds a BSc (Hons) in Information Systems (Lancaster University), a Masters in Web Computing (Liverpool John Moores University), a Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning Support for Higher Education (Edge Hill University), and a PhD in eResearch and Technology Enhanced Learning (Lancaster University). He has research interests in electronic assessment, higher education policy and practice, MOOC pedagogy and practice, and threshold concepts

Before joining Liverpool, Pete was as a Senior Lecturer in Computing at Edge Hill University, contributing to the teaching and project supervision on the Web Systems Development pathway. Whilst at Edge Hill, he was also a Senior SOLSTICE Fellow, which involved taking a pro-active and lead approach to develop, broaden and deepen the impact of technology enhanced learning throughout the faculty and across the University. He has also worked as a Research Assistant in the Institute of Cognitive Science at University of Colorado (Boulder), USA, working on the development of a Web interface for a system intended for use by social scientists studying climate change.