Researcher

Associate Professor Alison Beavis

My Expertise

Forensic science, Forensic chemistry, Analytical chemistry, Education, Science Education

Keywords

Field of Research (FoR)

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Biography

Associate Professor Alison Beavis joined UNSW Sydney in Decemb er 2019 as Deputy Dean (Education). She is responsible for providing strategic leadership in the learning and teaching portfolio for the Faculty which is home to over 900 staff and 6000 students. Alison's primary research interest is in the area of analytical chemistry with a focus on the analysis of forensic traces and how this information is interpreted, including a current ARC...view more

Associate Professor Alison Beavis joined UNSW Sydney in Decemb er 2019 as Deputy Dean (Education). She is responsible for providing strategic leadership in the learning and teaching portfolio for the Faculty which is home to over 900 staff and 6000 students. Alison's primary research interest is in the area of analytical chemistry with a focus on the analysis of forensic traces and how this information is interpreted, including a current ARC funded project involving forensic drug intelligence. She has extensive experience in the analysis of explosives and illicit drugs using various analytical techniques and leads the gunshot residue analysis group as Visiting Professor in the Centre for Forensic Science at UTS. Alison is also an experienced science educator, with multiple national teaching citations and sits on the NESA Science Board Curriculum Committee representing the Chairs of Academic Boards. In 2019 she received the UTS Medal for Excellence in Teaching and Research before joining UNSW Sydney in this current role.


My Grants

Selected grants from a total of $2.05 million in funded activities:

Disciplinary Research
A New Tool to Fight Crime: Illicit Drug Profiling in Forensic Intelligence, ARC Linkage Grant
, co-CI, ($415,000) 2017 – 2020
The Edge Project – Enabling and evidencing enterprise and entrepreneurship through work integrated learning (WIL) - Australian Technology Network (ATN) Universities T&L Grant, PI, ($150,000) 2017-2019
Transformation of Forensic Gunshot Residue Evidence, SA Dept of Further Education, Employment, Science & Technology, PI, ($403,500) – 2014-2016
Forensic drug intelligence: A tool in Intelligence-led policing, UTS Partnership Grant, co-CI, ($30,000), 2012
Three dimensional lymph node imaging: Improving detection of sentinel nodes to reduce false negatives. Cancer Institute NSW – Large Equipment Grant, co-CI, ($447,000) – 2011-2012
Portable Capillary Electrophoresis for Detection and Analysis of Explosives and Illicit Drugs, Australian Future Forensics Innovation Network – Queensland Health and Scientific Services, PI, ($203,000) – 2009-2012
Specialist Forensic Training in Thailand-A Capacity Building Activity, Australia-Thailand Institute, Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade, CI, $18,000 – 2011
Development of Field Portable Devices for the Detection of Explosives Residues – Phase 1 & 2, National Security Science and Technology Unit, Dept of Prime Minister & Cabinet, Commonwealth Government, PI, ($412,000) – 2007-2008

Education Initiatives

Inspiring Science Teaching- Today, Awarded from the UTS Allocation of Higher Education Participation & Partnerships Program funding Department of Education, co-CI, ($289,000) – 2013-2016
UTS Vice Chancellors Teaching and Learning Grants
- multiple grants totalling $87,500, 2010-2015


My Qualifications

BSc (Hons 1) in Applied Chemistry - Forensic Science, UTS
Doctor of Philosophy, UTS


My Awards

Award

Institution/Organisation Date of Award
UTS Medal for Excellence in Teaching and Research UTS September 2019

Wharton Reimagine Education Award (Bronze) –  Presence Learning

Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation

Wharton-QS Stars December 2016

OLT National Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (Team award)

For facilitating the First Year Experience program: supporting student transition and success through engaging academic and professional staff in curriculum innovation and collaborative communities

Office of Learning & Teaching September 2016

OLT National Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

Transforming student engagement in the subject Chemical Safety and Legislation: from a hazard to a cross-disciplinary, collaborative success story”

Office of Learning & Teaching September 2014

UTS Learning and Teaching Award for Widening Participation (Team award)

First Year Experience Strategy team for the development of a systematic, institution-wide first year experience strategy that has improved student transition and engaged academic and professional staff

UTS May 2015

UTS Learning and Teaching Citation

A transdisciplinary approach to enhancing student engagement and learning in science

UTS November 2013

 


My Research Supervision


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Areas of supervision

Forensic Science, Forensic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Gunshot Residue Analysis, Forensic Intelligence, Drug Profiling

 


Currently supervising

Analisa Chiaravalle - Investigation of metal-organic frameworks for gunshot residue visualisation 2018-2021
Ana Popovic - Chemometrics in illicit drug intelligence 2016-2020
Matthieu Maitire - Detection and interpretation of gunshot residues 2016-2019

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Location

Robert Webster Building, Room 128

Contact

+61-2-9385 8223