Alison Hill is a Senior Lecturer teaching Chemistry and Biochemistry in the Department of Biosciences at the University of Exeter. She is a Senior Fellow of the HEA, and was an inaugural Fellow of the Exeter Education Incubator. Alison has pioneered the use of R-generated unique datasets to ensure fair and robust examinations and coursework in an online environment. This project was presented at the Westminster Higher Education Forum Conference on Tackling Cheating in Higher Education. She has created bespoke interactive online resources to improve academic outcomes of her students, including a Smart Worksheet with LearnSci to improve students' competence and confidence in mathematical and data processing skills. Alison was a finalist in the LearnSci Teaching Innovation Awards 2021.
Alison obtained her BSc in Natural Sciences from the Australian National University in 1989 and moved to the UK to undertake a PhD with Prof Jim Staunton FRS at the University of Cambridge. After postdoctoral research with Prof David Cane at Brown University, she began her independent academic career in 1995 as a Lecturer in Chemistry at Kings College London. Alison moved to the University of Exeter in 2001 and switched to an Education and Scholarship position in 2006.
Alison has mentored colleagues from across the University of Exeter to successfully complete their applications for Fellow and Senior Fellow of the HEA; she is also a regular assessor on panels. She is a MSc Programme Director, Senior Tutor, the flexible working and career breaks lead for her Department’s Athena Swan Committee, a mental first aider, and an Autism Champion.