AECC University College Welcomes New Head of School of Chiropractic

AECC University College is pleased to announce that Phillip Dewhurst has been appointed as the new Head of School of Chiropractic.

Phil has been a lecturer at AECC University College for 10 years and in this time has led multiple units both within the University College and through our co-delivered course in Clinical Exercise Science with Bournemouth University. Since 2014, Phil has been the course leader for our Access to Higher Education Diploma, and has worked with two external accrediting bodies, AptEd and the Cambridge Access Validating Agency, developing, validating and managing the delivery of our current Diploma.

Phil has been an author and external adviser to Primal Pictures, contributing to the development of Anatomy TV which we use on campus. He has chaired external validation events at the University College of Osteopathy and currently serves as a registrant member of the General Chiropractic Council Education Committee.

Since graduating from AECC University College, Phil has acquired postgraduate qualifications in Chiropractic, Clinical Science and Medical Education, and is currently working towards a Professional Doctorate in Education with the University of Reading. He holds fellowships with the Royal College of Chiropractors and the Higher Education Academy. His research interests involve the performance of chiropractic students, identifying factors which may contribute to poor performance and strategies which may prevent students failing. As well as pursuing this through his Doctorate, Phil is collaborating with colleagues at the University College and University of South Wales to better understand how students in the UK approach their studies. He has presented findings at national and international conferences on this subject.

Phil commented: “I am thrilled to be taking on this role as the first Head of School of Chiropractic at AECC University College. The institution has a world renowned reputation and I am looking forward to developing the training we offer to the chiropractic profession, so that our education provision is student focused, research informed and meets the demands of today's chiropractic practise. I have had a relationship with AECC University College for almost 18 years and seen first-hand the impressive developments and achievements the organisation is capable of. I am excited to be a part of the future development of the institution and feel confident that the profession, our graduates and students will be proud of what we will achieve.”

Within our School of Chiropractic we deliver both undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications, including: