I am currently Associate Dean in the Faculty of Engineering, having previously been Vice Dean Academic.
I have more than 25 years' experience in accreditation and related educational activities, nationally and internationally, on behalf of professional engineering institutions, in particular the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST); the Engineering Council; British Council and World Bank. I am a member of the Engineering Council's Quality Assurance Committee and the IMarEST's Professional Affairs and Education Committee.
My primary teaching areas are in the fields of marine hydrodynamics, interdisciplinary group projects, and personal and professional development. Related projects include STEM support in local schools and curriculum development.
My main research areas comprise:
- hydrodynamic design and performance of underwater vehicles
- computational fluid dynamics applied to laminar and turbulent boundary layers on autonomous underwater vehicles
- wave loading and non-linear seakeeping performance of marine vehicles and structures
- non-linear hydrodynamic characteristics of deepwater mooring lines
- engineering educational methods
- higher education and professional engineering standards and QA
- Roll-out of Student Led Peer and Community Personal Development Planning (PC PDP)
- Willison, Debra (Principal Investigator) Gould, Helyn (Principal Investigator) Green, Brian (Principal Investigator) McLaren, Andrew (Principal Investigator) Sayer, Philip (Principal Investigator) Thomson, Avril (Principal Investigator)
- Education Excellence funding (£19759.28) supported the engagement of student interns from across all four faculties to support the roll out of PDP.
- Period 06-May-2013 - 13-Sep-2013
- Engineering Development Trust
- Sayer, Philip (Principal Investigator) Thomson, Avril (Principal Investigator) McLaren, Andrew (Principal Investigator)
- RAEng Engineering education scheme, based on schools project support and widening access.
- Period 01-Oct-2011 - 30-Apr-2012
- PC PDP - online development
- Sayer, Philip (Principal Investigator) Thomson, Avril (Principal Investigator) McLaren, Andrew (Principal Investigator) Willison, Debra (Principal Investigator)
- Second phase of student-developed PDP: online implementation of peer and community attributes, across DMEM, MAE and NAME in the Faculty of Engineering and Pure & Applied Chemistry for the Faculty of Science.
- Period 01-Apr-2012 - 31-Mar-2013
- Peer and Community Personal Development Planning
- Thomson, Avril (Principal Investigator) McLaren, Andrew (Principal Investigator) Sayer, Philip (Principal Investigator)
- This focus of this project is the development of a Personal Development Programme which places the student at the centre of their Personal Development Planning with engagement from Peers and the wider Community in the form of Academic Advisors, Alumni, Industry Partners and Careers Advisors. The vision of PC PDP is to support and improve the student experience of all students including full-time home students, international, flexible and distance learning.
- Period 09-May-2011 - 30-Sep-2011
Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering
Henry Dyer Building
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