Staff profile

Chris Alvey

Lecturer in Diagnostic Imaging




College of Health and Social Care


School of Allied Health and Social Care


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I currently lecture and provide academic support for the BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography programme, across all three years.

I have personal tutor responsibilities for a number of undergraduate students, as well as three foundation degree students.

I am admissions tutor for the programme.

Teaching responsibilities

I am module lead for three undergraduate modules; namely Science and Technology 1, Science and Technology 2, and Anatomy and Physiology 1.

My teaching workload is variable, though it is increasing.

I also am an internal moderator for a year one module; this involves ensuring that quality checks are performed at each stage of the student's progression - checking module specifications against assessment criteria and so on.

I am undergraduate admissions tutor, and am responsible for organising the selection day processes for the programme.

I am also developing a pathway for assistant practitioners to progress onto the undergraduate degree.

Professional interests

I am interested in a number of areas connected with radiography, notably interventional radiology, cross sectional imaging, radiation protection

Research interests

I have co-authored several papers in areas such as Poly-cystic ovary syndrome, radiation protection, anatomy and physiology, image processing, and teaching. I am listed in two patents for novel technology; one involving MRI safety, and one involving a novel sequence in MR.

I am interested in a couple of areas regarding low dose exposure to ionising radiation both within a clinical field, and in terms of environmental/public health.

I have presented a paper recently around novel teaching strategies.

Membership of professional bodies


Recent conferences

Experience in industry

I qualified in 2002, having previously read Physics and Geology at University College, London. I had originally travelled to Canterbury to apply for an MSc position in Rock and Ice Physics, there were some funding issues, however, and I was unable to proceed. I found myself in Canterbury with nothing to do. I decided to take a job as a hospital cleaner, and then, latterly, a healthcare assistant at the Kent and Canterbury Hospital. I discovered an interest in the field of patient care and medicine / nursing – I had studied remote sensing and satellite data processing in my first degree; if the body is viewed as just another landscape, then Diagnostic Radiography seemed the perfect way to fuse patient care and image evaluation/interpretation.

I commenced my second degree programme in 1999. While studying at Canterbury Christ Church University College, I was approached by my physics lecturer with a view to undertaking a PhD in MRI. This never materialised, and I started work at the John Radcliffe Hospital, in Oxford as a trauma (band 5) radiographer.

During my time there, I became interested in working in a research capacity within the MRI department. A position became available, to which I successfully applied.

Academic Radiographer (Super III) Nov 2003 – Mar 2008

The job was to provide radiographic support to the Radiology Research Group at the University of Oxford. Typically this would involve undertaking research scans, assisting with writing ethics approval forms, and assisting with the general day to day operations of the group.

As part of this role, I was asked to develop and deliver some teaching to first year pre-clinical medical students – this included developing the use of ultrasound to aid with the understanding of living anatomy; this work was published in the journal of the RCR.

I also developed an interest on head and neck radiology, and was appointed as congress manager for a European conference we held in 2005; I was elected as an associate member of this society, and have presented papers and posters at their conferences in Oslo and Budapest.

I was involved in a Europe wide consortium concerned with justification and optimisation of CT scans, with a view to offering guidance to national bodies about dose reference levels and clinical indications – in our case we were looking at imaging the acute abdomen with raised inflammatory markers. We published our findings through the EEC Framework, and I attended several meetings in Holland and Germany.

I attended (and presented at) UKRC, several European Conferences in Vienna, and RSNA conference in Chicago.

In addition to these works I commenced a taught MSc in Diagnostic Imaging, that at its heart, was assessed by written exams in radiation physics, MR, CT, Ultrasound, and Nuclear Medicine; generally along the same lines as the FRCR part 1. The MSc also required as 10,000 word dissertation, I chose to look at the use of false colour imaging in MRI to enhance lesion detection in tongue malignancy. I developed a system of assigning artificial colours to standard MR images, and manipulating them. I also devised a novel way of assessing them for image quality (i.e. noise).

I had pastoral responsibility for several graduate students, and was involved in writing research bids to the MRC and other funding bodies; I was also involved in developing a web presence for the department. I was indirectly responsible for the preparation of budgets and income/expenditure forecasts; the turnover was upwards of £1/4 million per annum.

I held an honorary NHS contract, and also worked part time at another hospital as a general radiographer.

I commenced a PG Certificate in Management in Health and Social Care in 2007, and left the University to pursue a more clinical role, being appointed as Deputy Imaging Manager, (CT and Interventional Superintendent) at the Nuffield Hospital, Oxford in March 2008.

More recently, I was a senior interventional radiographer at Leicester General Hospital, our workload consisted of mixed gastro-intestinal / genito-urinary procedures, vascular intervention including haemodialysis fistula workup; as well as general embolisation and angioplasty procedures, and therapeutic/diagnostic musculoskeletal radiographic procedures.

An opportunity arose in July of last year (2013) to move into an academic teaching role, and the rest, as they say is history!

International experience

I have attended conferences in both Europe and US, and have presented work at several sub-speciality meetings, notable the European society for Head and Nec Imaging in Budapest (2006) and Oslo (2007)

Additional interests and activities

Keen motorcyclist and musician, I play in a relatively local blues rock band.

I was formerly quite keen fisherman, but since becoming a father (to two gorgeous girls) I find that I simply don't have the time! Though if I am honest, I would rather spend time with them that sit on a cold bleak river bank.

In the media

I have appeared on television in 2008 on the local news regarding CT scanning of an Egyptian child mummy, which also resulted in a reported session on the local radio as well as national weekend newspaper coverage.

Recent publications

Partner, A., Alvey C., 2013 ‘Self-Assessment = Autonomous learner?’ UKRC Manchester Poster presentation

Alvey C., 2014, ‘What is the ‘flipped classroom’ approach and can it be applied to the para clinical sciences? A review of the literature and a 5 step plan for implementation’. Poster presentation, Achieving Excellence in Radiography Education, Bristol

Bell, E. Alvey C., and Foreman D., 2015 ‘Values Based Recruitment – Problems and pitfalls. What we did and what we will do next time’

Poster presentation NET 2015

Alvey C., 2015 ‘What is the ‘flipped classroom’ approach and can it be applied to the para clinical sciences? A review of the literature and a 5 step plan for implementation in the delivery of an undergraduate anatomy and physiology module within a UK diagnostic radiography programme’. NET 2015, Cambridge