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After completing a BSc(Hons) Zoology at the University of Glasgow in 1982, I then studied at Argyll & Clyde College of Nursing for my Registered General Nurse certificate. I worked at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley, as a senior Staff Nurse, from 1988 until 1996. In that time I gained experience of several specialities: Coronary Care, Acute and Chronic Respiratory disease and Stroke Rehabilitation.

In 1996, I took the post of Ward Manager at the Acute Stroke Unit at the Western Infirmary. This was a pioneering unit at the time and I worked on developing a thrombolysis protocol for acute stroke, a treatment which is now used widely. I was also involved in the local Managed Clinical Network for Stroke and worked to develop stroke services in North Glasgow.

In 2005, I left the NHS and began my career in higher education. I was offered the post of Lecturer (School of Health, Nursing & Midwifery) at what was then the University of Paisley, now UWS. Since then I have taught across all 3 years of the Adult Nursing programme and contribute regularly to the Pre-Registration Masters in Nursing Programme.

Since 2010, I have been involved in the Erasmus Programme and took over as Erasmus Coordinator in 2013. This has allowed me opportunities to witness and experience healthcare and higher education practices in several other European countries. It also involves coordinating study visits for some of our students with up to 17 European partner institutions, and bringing students from those institutions over to Scotland for the same purposes. In my time as Erasmus Coordinator, this activity has increased markedly and, in keeping with the University’s Internationalisation Strategy, it has become part of my role to foster student engagement with concepts like Internationalisation, Global Citizenship and Cultural Competence.

In addition to this, and partly as a result of the School’s wider access policy, I am also now responsible for seeking out and organising shorter study trips to our European partner institutions for those students on the Adult Nursing, Mental health and Midwifery Programmes, who cannot be away from home for the traditional 2-3 months Erasmus exchange. This has allowed even wider engagement by the student body and helps us achieve the Key Performance indicators required by the Internationalisation Strategy.

I retain a keen interest in my first love, Zoology, and have developed some thoughts on the interacting notions of healthcare versus Natural Selection. In 2012, I was offered the opportunity to present these thoughts at a conference in Helsinki, Finland, and continue to dabble in that area.

Area of academic expertise - outline

Programme mapping amongst international partners: this with a view to establishing commonalities and differences significant enought to enhance or inhibit productive student and staff mobility.


Current research activities

Selection process for Erasmus+ Programme in BSc Adult Nursing and BSc Mental Health Nursing. Devising attitude scale for qualitative, and potentially quantitative, studies of attitudes before and after international mobility periods and impact upon understanding of concepts of global citizenship and cultural competence.

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

Healthcare in the context of Human evolution: arguably, all Human ill-health can be explained in terms of selectives pressures which would have, prior to the advent of modern healthcare systems, culled populations and selected only those genotypes best suited to the envronment at any particular time. Based upon what we know of the 'natural' human state, ie. that of the nomadic hunter-gatherer, all major disease processes in affluent countries result from diet, levels of physical activity and population densities that are far removed from the environment in which our species evolved.

These considerations have huge implications for health education, health promotion and understanding of modern epidemics like diabetes and depression.

External positions

Committee Member, COHEHRE

24 Aug 2016 → …


  • RT Nursing
  • Stroke
  • Diet
  • Nutrition
  • Health
  • QL Zoology
  • Evolution
  • Palaeolithic
  • Paleolithic
  • Health

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COHEHRE Academy Task Force Member

Collins, Chris (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Appointment

  • Activities

    • 1 Participation in conference
    • 1 Publication peer-review

    Horizon 2020 & Erasmus+ Conference

    Chris Collins (Organiser), & Aija Ahokas (Organiser)

    6 Oct 20167 Oct 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference


    FINHEEC Conference (Event)

    Chris Collins (Peer reviewer)

    2014 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review