My major research interests are in the area of engineering education. I am currently building an Engineering Education Research Group at Aston that will bring together the people across the school engaged in this work.
My particular interests are in the ‘engineering education pipeline’ and how we at one end enthuse young people about engineering at a\n early age, whilst at the other end we are ensuring that graduates are well prepared for employment in industry. Particular areas of interest are active learning (PBL, PrBL and so on), creativity in the classroom, the value of relationships in learning, the engagement of staff in developing successful learning environments and the evaluation of the impact of learning and teaching practice.
I convene a UK Special interest Group ( supported by the HEA Engineering Subject Centre) in the area of Engineering Education research (EER), am a member of the SEFI EER Working Group and on the Governing Board of REEN (Research in Engineering Education Network) an independent global body of researchers.
I also retain interests in the areas of NDT and Project Management.