Dr Stephen Fôn Hughes


Since June 2008, Stephen has been employed by the University of Chester as a Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science. Stephen’s main teaching subjects include Haematology and Blood Transfusion Science. 

Stephen is a Fellow member of the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), a Charted Scientist (CSci) affiliated with the Science Council, and the University of Chester’s sole registered Biomedical Scientist affiliated with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). Previously, Stephen has worked as a registered Biomedical Scientist (Haematology with Hospital Transfusion Practice) for the NHS, and as Senior Biomedical Scientist and Pathology Manager at the North Wales Medical Centre. 


In January 2014, Stephen established the North Wales & North West Urological Research Centre (NW2URC) with Co-Director, Mr Iqbal Shergill (Consultant Urological Surgeon). During this time he was awarded the title of Honorary Research Fellow by Betsi Cadwaladr University hospital (BCUHB). This research centre is the main vehicle for Stephen’s current research work, which primarily involves investigating patients with benign or malignant disorders of the kidneys, bladder and prostate.


Amongst Stephen’s various external activities, he is a specialist portfolio examiner (haematology with hospital transfusion practice) for the IBMS. This role involves assessing the suitability of hospital based practitioners to practice at a Senior/Managerial level. Stephen is an IBMS accreditation panel member, where his role enables him to identify and implement curriculum change to programmes at other Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). Stephen is also a member and deputy-chief examiner of the national IBMS Transfusion Science advisory panel.


By invitation, Stephen is currently an external examiner for Keele University, having previously performed a similar role at Nottingham Trent University and the University of Wolverhampton. Stephen is also a Fellow member of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), and has acted as an internal and external examiner for several PhDs (viva voce).

Mr Iqbal Shergill

Iqbal is a Consultant Urological Surgeon employed by the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB).


Iqbal qualified from Charing Cross & Westminster Medical School in 1997. During his medical student training, he carried out 1 year full-time research leading to a 1st Class BSc(Honours) degree, from the University of London. The results were presented as posters at national and international meetings. He also managed to receive academic distinctions by obtaining The Medical Research Council (MRC)Intercalated Course Award and The Nuffield Foundation Undergraduate Research Bursary.

Mr Shergill completed Basic Surgical Training on the respected Oxford Rotation, working at prestigious hospitals such as the Radcliffe Infirmary, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre and The John Radcliffe Hospital, in Oxford (1998 to 2000).

Mr Shergill undertook a period of full-time research towards an MD thesis at the Institute of Urology, University of London between 2002 and 2004, prior to starting his Higher Urological Training.

The research was into Predictive and Prognostic Markers in Prostate Cancer, in men undergoing Radical Prostatectomy surgery.