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Professor Elizabeth Hancock

Professor Elizabeth Hancock
Vice-Principal for Academic Development and Student Experience and Deputy Principal

Liz qualified as Chartered Physiotherapist in 1980, from Grampian School of Physiotherapy, and worked clinically in a variety of roles over a period of 8 years both in NHS Highland and Borders. During this time she completed a Postgraduate Diploma Biomechanics at the University of Strathclyde, focusing on research into the rehabilitation of the anterior cruciate ligaments.

Following a move to Robert Gordon University in 1988, her career was initially focused on undergraduate physiotherapy education during which time she completed a Certificate in Education at Jordanhill College of Education, followed by an MSc by research through the Department of Bioengineering in the University of Aberdeen. The focus of her research was investigating 3 dimensional motion of the spine in patients with acute sciatic scoliosis.

Following appointment to Head of School of Health Sciences in 2004, Liz facilitated the development of a multiprofession department through integration of teaching and research activity. Her work in developing the first pre-registration M level qualifying programme in physiotherapy was the first to have recognition by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and the Commission for Accreditation of Physiotherapy Education (CAPTE) in the USA. In 2015 Liz led the development of a Doctoral qualifying programme in physiotherapy - another first in the UK. This development has enabled the university to retain accreditation by CAPTE.  In recognition she was awarded Fellowship of the CSP in 2017. More recently she led the development of a suite of four year undergraduate integrated Masters degrees in Diagnostic Radiography, Dietetics, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy, the first of their kind in Scotland.

Liz is the chair of the AHP academic heads group in Scotland and acts as an education visitor for the CSP for qualifying programmes.

In 2018 she became Vice Principal Academic Development and Student Experience


  • Academic Development
  • Student Experience


  • Department of Enhancement of Learning, Teaching and Assessment (DELTA)
  • Library Services
  • Student Life
  • RGU Alumni
  • Head of school: Pharmacy and Life Sciences, Health Sciences, Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedic Practice, Creative and Cultural Business, The Law School and Gray’s School of Art

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