David Watkinson

Mr David Watkinson

Head of Department Allied and Public Health

Director of Education & Experience

Department of Allied and Public Health , School of Health, Sport and Bioscience

I am a senior lecturer working mostly on the BSc (Hons) Podiatry programme. I am also the HSB school Quality leader.

I have been at UEL since 2003, previous to that I was at UCL and before that a Podiatrist working in the NHS and private practice. I teach at all levels of the Podiatry programme and also chair the school quality committee.


  • BSc (Hons) Podiatric medicine
  • MSc Applied Biology
  • PG Cert Learning and Teaching in HE

Areas Of Interest

  • Quality and Enhancement
  • Student retention and attrition
  • Rheumatology and Sports injuries
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The programmes in this area allow students to work as allied health professionals in both the NHS and private sector. All students on graduation will be eligible to register with the Health and Care Professions Council.  I was originally in the army and then retrained as a podiatrist. I began my academic career at UCL in 1998 and joined UEL in 2003. I run the PT4002 Physiology module and I teach on a variety of modules and also manage the placement programme for Podiatry. Placements allow students to garner a wealth of experience within the NHS in London and the South East, by the end of the programme they will have 1000 hours worth of clinical experience. All students on graduation will be eligible to register with the Health and Care Professions Council which allows them to use the title Podiatrist and work within the NHS.


  • Ferrari J; Watkinson D: foot pressure measurement differences between boys and girls with reference to hallux valgus deformity and hyper mobility. Foot & ankle International / Vol 26, No.9/Sept 2005
  • Ore H; Watkinson D. Case study: Charcot's neuropathy Podiatry Now Vol 10 No7 July pp25-26 2007.


Subject Areas


BSc (Hons) Podiatry

Get the scientific knowledge needed to qualify as a podiatrist. Learn about foot-related diseases and disabilities and how to prevent them.

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BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

This course prepares you to be a physiotherapist and includes the minimum of 1,000 clinical hours you need to qualify.

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