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Alison Messenger

Associate Lecturer

A.Messenger@chi.ac.uk

Following an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Bolton University I completed a MSc in Work Design and Ergonomics at Birmingham.  I moved to Southampton University to work at the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research.  My academic research involved the design of helicopter seating, but I developed my real interest in commercial research which led to producing research led solution for organisations.  In 1995 I left Southampton University and set up my own company to provide designers with research and ergonomic input to design along with health and safety training and assessment for organisations.  In addition to running Castle Ergonomics I was an AL at Solent University for 25 years providing Ergonomic input to design and engineering courses.  I also have a passion for enabling non-traditional entry to University.  I have taught on engineering foundation courses and in 2015 developed a foundation programme for Faculty of Art Design and Fashion at Solent University which I subsequently ran as Course Leader.  Keeping busy with new challenges I also ran an international Construction, Design and Sustainability course for Solent University and added a construction section to my own company. 

Professional

  • Registered Member of the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors
  • Member of the Foundation Year Network (Executive Committee 2016-2019)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Authority
  • Associate Practitioner of the Academy of Experts (1995-2000)

Publications

A J Messenger (2015).  Student-driven formative assessment: How was my pitch?  4th Solent Teaching and Learning Community Conference, Southampton Solent University, 31 March. 

A J Messenger (2015).  Possible health risks associated with DSE, from repetitive strain injuries to eye strain.  Healthy Communities: transforming lives through innovation, collaboration and participation, Southampton Solent University, 20 March. 

S Cross and A J Messenger (2014).  Using a lean/six sigma approach to improve the provision of batteries for cochlear implants processors at a centre in the south of England. 12th International Conference on Manufacturing Research, Southampton Solent University, 9-11 September, 215-214.

S Selma, F Rehman and A J messenger (2014). Investigating inclusive design for a window catch.  12th International Conference on Manufacturing Research, Southampton Solent University, 9-11 September, 27-32.

A J Messenger (1994).  Design of saddle seating in small high-speed boats. United Kingdom Informal Group Meeting on Human response to Vibration.  Institute of Naval Medicine, Alverstoke, Gosport, 19-21 September.

A J Messenger (1993).  The effect of a back support on muscle activity during lifting following sitting in static and dynamic conditions.  United Kingdom Informal Group Meeting on Human Response to Vibration. APRE, Ministry of Defence, Farnborough, 20-22 September.

A J Messenger, R Stratford and M J Griffin (1992).  Design Guide for the Ergonomic Aspects of Helicopter Crew Seating.  ISVR Technical Report No. 209.

A J Messenger and M J Griffin (1992).  Design Guide for Saddle seating on small high-speed craft.  ISVR Technical Report No. 205.

A J Messenger (1992).  Discomfort and prolonged sitting in static and dynamic conditions.  United Kingdom Informal Group Meeting on Human response to Vibration. Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, University of Southampton, Southampton, 28-30 September.

A J Messenger (1991).  Effects of varying backrest lumbar support contouring on back posture and discomfort.  United Kingdom Informal Group Meeting on Human response to Vibration.  Health and Safety Executive, Buxton, 25-27 September.

A J Messenger and M J Griffin (1990).  Lumbar support in seating.  Effects on erector spinae muscle activity, posture and discomfort.  Ergonomics Society Annual Conference.  University of Leeds, 3-6 April.

A J Messenger (1989).  Effects of anthropometric and postural variables on the transmission of whole-body vertical vibration from seat-to-head. ISVR Technical Report No. 172.

A J Messenger (1989). Correlation of spinal posture and the transmission of vertical vibration to the

heads of seated subjects.  United Kingdom Informal Group Meeting on Human Response to Vibration.  AFRC Institute of Engineering Research, Silsoe, 21-22 September.

A J Messenger (1988). The effects of modifications to a helicopter seat on the transmission of vertical vibration through seat and occupant.  United Kingdom and French Joint Meeting on Human Response to Vibration.  INRS., Vandoeuvre, France, 26-28 September.

 A J Messenger (1987).  Effects of pelvic angle on the transmission of vertical vibration to the heads of seated subjects.  United Kingdom Informal Group Meeting on Human Response to Vibration.  Royal Military College of Science, Shrivenham, 21-22, September.

A J Cooper (1986).  Effects of head inclination on transmission of vertical vibration to the heads of seated subjects.  United Kingdom Informal Group Meeting on Human Response to Vibration.  Loughborough University of Technology, 22-23 September.   

A J Cooper, B T Davis, N Lawson-Williams and M J Tobin (1985).  An examination of natural and synthetic papers for embossing Braille.  The New Beacon, The Journal of Blind Welfare. November, LXIX, (823), 325-328.

Research

Current research interests include:

  • Goodness of fit
  • Ageing populations
  • Application of research tools to commercial projects