Alan is a Senior Teaching Fellow in the Institute of Sound & Vibration Research (ISVR). He is a registered Clinical Scientist (audiology) and a Hearing Aid Dispenser with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). Alan is active in clinical audiology and hearing research; he uses this experience to inform the teaching syllabus and enrich the learning experience of students in ISVR. Alan is the Part 1 lead and admissions tutor for the Audiology BSc programme. Outside academic and clinical activity, Alan records and produces music which has gained national radio and TV exposure.
Alan is currently collaborating with researchers and medics from several UK universities to evaluate the efficacy of bone conduction hearing devices for people unable to access traditional bone anchored hearing aids (BAHA). For example, those in developing countries or on extended surgical waiting lists in the developed world.
Alan is also collaborating with a multi-disciplinary team of researchers and clinicians with the University of Southampton to understand and improve music engagement and enjoyment in cochlear implant users.
Alan is the lead for the Part1 module ‘Biopsychosocial Basis of Audiology’ which provides fundamentally important skills and knowledge for students aiming for a career in healthcare. Alan contributes to other BSc and MSc modules including practical and clinical skills. Alan is committed to professional development as an educator and aims to innovate in teaching to ensure that ISVR students are equipped to thrive in a dynamic and rewarding field of healthcare
Alan gained his BSc and MRes in biology and neurosciences at University of Manchester. He began his career in audiology in 2009 with an MSc at the University of Southampton followed by Clinical Scientist training at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Alan then joined the University of Southampton as a Teaching Fellow in ISVR teaching undergraduate and post-graduate audiology. Alongside his academic and clinical roles, Alan completed a PhD titled ‘Translational approaches to measurement and analysis of the cochlear implant-tissue interface’. Since the PhD was awarded in 2020, Alan has established research collaborations across the UK and co-founded a private audiology service, which includes a specialist service for musicians and those working in professional audio. As a Senior Teaching Fellow, Alan works with colleagues in ISVR and across the University of Southampton to deliver research-led education that is inclusive and inspiring.