On graduation from St Catharines College Cambridge in 1970, Pete Hedges returned to Rolls Royce Bristol Engine Division, where he was an indentured apprentice. He left in 1971 to study for an MSc in Water Resources Technology and subsequently joined Yorkshire River Authority as an Assistant Engineer working on land drainage and flood alleviation schemes. With reorganisation of the water industry he moved to the New Works Section of the newly formed Yorkshire Water Authority?s Rivers Division based in Leeds.
In 1977 Pete was appointed to a lectureship in the Civil Engineering Department at Aston University, primarily to assist in the development of a new Combined Honours course in Water Resources (which was subsequently closed in 1989). Over the following 30 years he has lectured a variety of water related subjects within the field of civil engineering. Over the years this has eveolved into a broad range of environmental subjects. Currently he is a Senior Lecturer in the Engineering Systems and Management Subject Group and Programme Director for Built Environment degree programmes.
He obtained his PhD in 1990 with a thesis entitled ?The Impact on Agriculture of the Drawdown of Shallow Watertables?. To date he has successfully supervised 17 PhD students, and brought over £0.5 million into the University, Currently has 5 full-time and 3 part-time research students.
Pete is currently convenor for the recently formed Sustainable Aston Working Group which will be working towards a sustainability strategy for the Aston, across the University's community, its teaching and research.
A succesful Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Middlemarch Environmental Ltd, won a National Award in 2007. This has been followed up with 2 further KTPs also with Middlemarch.
Qualifications & Education
MA in Mechanical Sciences (1970) from Cambridge University
MSc in Water Resources Technology (1972) from Birmingham University
PhD Soil Water Physics/EIA (1990) from Aston University
Co-Convenor of the Sustainable Environment Research Group
Programme Director for Built Environment Programmes in the School of Engineering and Applied Science
Convenor Sustainable Aston Working Group
Programme Director for Built Environment Programmes in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. This suite of programmes includes:
Pete Has a wide range of reserach interests, which currently include:
Current Research Projects >> Some Past Research Projects >> Knowledge Transfer Partnerships >>
The design, creation and restoration of ecological habitats, particularly wetland systems, with current activity centred on determining the water use of wetland habitats and phytoremediation.
Environmental management systems ? the development of biodiversity indicators, and biodiversity in the supply chain.
The biodiversity aspects of development projects - continuity throughout a projects lifecycle, and appropriate planting regimes in response to climate change.
The application of Remote Sensing techniques and GIS within the fields of: Environmental Impact Assessment; the management of landfill sites; hydrology and water resources management. The linking of GIS interactively with models, and using remotely sensed imagery as a data source for GIS.
Innovation in engineering undergraduate teaching, particularly regarding communication skills and assessment methods.
2002, E. M. Pisolkar, P. D. Hedges and N. Shillabeer, Can Benthic Macro-Invertebrates Be Used to Assess the Impact of Pollution Incidents and Subsequent Recovery in Streams?, JOURNAL OF THE CHARTERED INSTITUTION OF WATER AND ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT , 16(1), 28-33, 17476593
2001, P. M. Fermor, P. D. Hedges, J. C. Gilbert and D. J. G. Gowing, Reedbed Evapotranspiration Rates in England, Hydrological Processes, 15(4), 621-631, 10991085
Chapter in Book
2005, K. E. Read, P. D. Hedges and P. M. Fermor PM, Experimental Determination of Evapotranspiration Rates of Wet Woodland Habitat in England, Natural and Constructed Wetlands - nutrients, metals and mangement, Jan Vymazal, Backhuys, 90-5782-153-2, 321-336
2005, Miller HS, Hedges PD and Fermor PM, The Response of the Biodiversity of Wet Woodlands to Differing Management Practices, Natural and Constructed Wetlands - nutrients, metals and management, Jan Vymazal, Backhuys, 90-5782-153-2, 33-42
2005, Ireland S, Hedges PD and Fermor PM, Establishment of Wetland Ground Flora: An Analysis of Planting Methodology , Natural and Constructed Wetlands - nutrients, metals and management, Jan Vymazal, Backhuys, 90-5782-153-2, 91-111
2005, Staggal NA, Hedges PD and Fermor PF, Phytoremediation Treatment System for Landfill Leachate, Natural and Constructed Wetlands - nutrients, metals and management, Jan Vymazal, Backhuys, 90-5782-153-2, 160-168
2005, H. S. Miller, P. D. Hedges and P. F. Fermor, The response of the biodiversity of wet woodlands to differing management practices, Natural and Constructed Wetland Nutrients, Metals and Management, J. Vymazal, Backhuys, 90-5782-153-2, 33-42
2004, Hedges PD and Chebbo G, Appendix Sewage settling velocity - standardisation of terminology and data presentation, Scientific and Technical Report No 14 Solids in Sewers: characterisitcs, effects and control of sewer solids and associated pollutants, Ashley RM, Bertrand-Krajewski, Hvitved-Jacobsen T and Verbank M, IWA Publishing, 1 900222 91 4, 324-331
Refereed conference papers
2006, Hedges, PD and Fermor, PM, The Hydrological Sustainability of Constructed Wetlands for Wastewater Treatment, 6th Workshop on Nutrient Cycling and Retention in Natural and Constructed Wetlands, 30th May - 3rd June 2006, Trebon, Czech Republic
2006, Read, KR, Hedges PD and Fermor PM, Monthly Evapotranspiration Coefficients of Large Reedbed Habitats in the UK, 6th Workshop on Nutrient Cycling and Retention in Natural and Constructed Wetlands, 30th Mat - June 3rd 2006, Trebon, Czech Republic