Dr. Anita Williams

School of Health and Society

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Since leaving a senior clinical post within podiatry in 1999 Anita has built upon this experience within her teaching, programme leadership and research roles in the School of Health Sciences. She is recognised nationally & internationally within both podiatry, rheumatology and other health care communities for research leadership in the application of qualitative methods within both foot health & health care research. She leads qualitative aspects within the Knee Foot & Ankle Research Group, producing visible benefits to successful grant bidding (>£800k) [including a KTP] the mentoring of junior colleagues towards PhD by PW & post-doctoral work, & high-quality research output/impact. She supervises & examines PhD students at the UoS & by invitation at other national and International universities.

Anita has consistently published in international ISI listed journals, with over 60 peer reviewed journal publications since 2000, authored one book & contributed chapters to seven books. She was returned to RAE 2008, REF 2014 (3* papers) and contributed to a REF impact case study that was identified as having ‘world leading’ elements. She has been a keynote/ invited speaker at over 50 national/international conferences. Anita is actively involved in external impact activities including the translation of research into practice & patient care via four key national/international practice guidelines, by being the academic lead for two professional groups & through contributions to evidence based materials used by three national patient organisations. Since 2008 she has been a member of the Arthritis Research UK (now Versus Arthritis) Publications & Education Committee and reviews publications for Lupus UK.

Anita leads innovation in how research is embedded within UG & PG teaching at UoS & other national/ international Universities and led the approval of the first Pre-registration Masters in Podiatry Programme to be operational in the UK. She is now programme lead for this and module leader for the dissertation module. Between 2015 and 2017 she was a member of the College of Podiatry Research and Development Committee and member of the steering committee that produced the professional body research strategy.

In recognition of professional leadership in research, practice and education, she was awarded the Fellowship of the College of Podiatry and also the Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Glas). She was also awarded gold in the Women’s Voice Awards 2018 for established excellence and the prestigious Meritorious Award from the College of Podiatry, also in 2018.

Areas of research

Health Interventions, Chronic Diseases, Changing professional practice, Health service delivery, Qualitative Research


  • Chronic disease
  • Research methods
  • Health behaviour

Research Interests

  • Foot health interventions
  • peoples experiences of living with disease
  • people experiences of health interventions
  • Changing professional practice
  • Health service delivery

Qualifications and Memberships


  • PhD
  • BSc (hons)


  • Member of the College of Podiatry
  • Fellow of the Faculty of Podiatric Medicine - Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists
  • Member of the Health and Care Professions Council
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Glasgow)
  • Academic member of the NW Clinical Effectiveness