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Senior Lecturer and Ethics Coordinator for the School of Social Sciences Science and Technology, University of Westminster

Dr Alison Fixsen is a Senior Lecturer and Ethics Coordinator for the School of Social Sciences Science and Technology at the University of Westminster (UoW). Her doctorate was on self care and personal and professional education.

She is an experienced qualitative researcher in health and social sciences with a particular interest in social justice and health equality. Alison was a co-investigator with Marie Polley on the social prescribing (SP) Big Lottery project, and on a mixed methods evaluation of an SP scheme in Shropshire in which she broke new ground by applying a critical systems approach to develop a relational model for local SP schemes. AF is author of several papers and reports on SP.

Alison's approach to teaching and research is is multidisciplinary, with projects and published work spanning psychology, sociology, health sciences and education. She is a expert member for the sociology of Education committee for the European Sociological Association and an active member of the Association for Symbolic Interactionism.

Alison has expert knowledge of benzodiazepines and BZD withdrawal. She has worked with Battle against Tranquillisers and sit on the expert panel for the Federal Research on Drugs programme for BELSPO (Belgian Federal Science Policy Office).

Alison also has an extensive clinical, teaching and supervisory background in CM therapies, with knowledge and expertise in many of topics around mental health and wellbeing. She is an active internal coach and mentor for the University of Westminster.


  • –present
    senior lecturer health sciences, University of Westminster


  • 1982 
    University of Manchester, MA Theology
  • Wiltshire, UK
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