Alastair graduated from the University of Sheffield in 1990 with a degree in philosophy, then trained as a mental health nurse in Sheffield, qualifying in 1994. Post qualification, Alastair worked mainly in community mental health, working in homelessness, forensic mental health, dual diagnosis and assertive outreach.
From 1996 to 2000, Alastair was a part time student at the internationally renowned Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP), that was then part of Middlesex University. He was awarded an MA (distinction) in 2000, with a thesis on T.W Adorno's concept of reconciliation.
From 2000 to 2005, Alastair studied for a PhD at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (Middlesex University). He was awarded a PhD without revisions in 2005 for a thesis analysing the concepts of experience and life in the philosophies of T.W Adorno and Giorgio Agamben. The thesis was externally examined by Professor Simon Jarvis, University of Cambridge and supervised by Professor Peter Osborne. The thesis was later adapted and published as Adorno's Concept of Life by Continuum Press ( now Bloomsbury Press) in 2007.
In 2003, Alastair was appointed Lecturer in Mental Health and Social Care at the University of Nottingham, UK and worked in that post for nearly ten years. He joined Sheffield Hallam University in January 2013 and worked as a Senior Lecturer there until taking up his post at Manchester in September 2015.
PhD in Philosophy ( Middlesex Unversity)
MA in Modern European Philosophy ( Distinction) ( Middlesex University)
BA ( Hons) Philosophy ( University of Sheffield)
Dip HE Mental Health Nursing ( Sheffield Hallam University)
Registered Nurse ( Mental Health) ( Sheffield Hallam University)
PGCHE ( University of Nottingham)
Memberships of committees and professional bodies
Critical Values Based Practice Network, UK.
Founder member of international Association for Adorno Studies.
Project partner with The Collaborating Centre for Values-Based Practice in Health and Social Care, St.Catherine's College, Oxford.
Peer reviewer for Radical Philosophy, Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing and Medical Humanities.