Dr Beverley Gibbs


Department of Mechanical Engineering

Director of Learning and Teaching (Strategy)

Senior University Teacher in Engineering Management

+44 114 222 7732
Thursdays 10-11am in term time

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Dr Beverley Gibbs
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Room D234, Central Wing
Sir Frederick Mappin Building
Mappin Street
S1 3JD

Beverley joined the academic staff in 2015 after a 20 year career in practice as a Production Engineer, Programme Manager and Strategic Analyst in manufacturing, applied research, engineering consultancy and mining sectors. In the transition to academia, Beverley completed an MA in social research methods and a PhD in public participation with low-carbon energy technologies in Scotland. In 2013 she was appointed to a Provost’s Fellowship at UCL as a founding member of a new interdisciplinary Department in the Engineering Faculty with research and teaching responsibilities.

In the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Beverley is Director of Learning and Teaching (Strategy) whose responsibilities span accreditation, pedagogy, curriculum and employability, and she is Programme Director for 750 students on MEng and BEng Mechanical Engineering degrees. Beverley’s teaching philosophy values an active, social, empowering and inspiring learning environment that helps develop competent, reflective engineers with their own sense of purpose. She has successfully implemented numerous teaching enhancements to support these aims, and is leading a large-scale collaborative curriculum review in Mechanical Engineering.

Research interests

Beverley's research interests are concentrated on critical engagement with technology and the role of engineering and engineers in society, on engineering education and understanding student learning, and on students as curriculum partners.

She has collaborated with the University of Virginia’s Department of Engineering and Society to examine and compare undergraduate interdisciplinary learning, and was co-investigator on the Nottingham TERRAIN project, helping develop a tool to cascade the teaching of responsible innovation through SET doctoral training.



  • Wood G & Gibbs B (2019) Students as Partners in the Design and Practice of Engineering Education: Understanding and Enabling Development of Intellectual Abilities In Malik M, Andrews J, Clark R & Broadbent R (Ed.), Realising Ambitions: 6th Annual Symposium of the UK&I Engineering Education Research Network. Portsmouth: University of Portsmouth. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gibbs B & Wood GC (2019) Reflection for Learning and Practice in Developing Engineers In Andrews J, Knowles G & Clark R (Ed.), Excellence in Engineering Education for the 21st Century: 7th Annual Symposium of the UK&I Engineering Education Research Network Coventry: Warwick Manufacturing Group. RIS download Bibtex download


  • Hartley S, Pearce W, McLeod C, Gibbs B, Connelly S, Couto J, Moreira T, Murphy J, Smith R, Staykova M & Walls J (2016) The TERRAIN tool for teaching responsible research and innovation View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gibbs BJ, Mohr A & Raman SR (2013) Which Publics? When? Exploring the policy potential of involving different publics in dialogue around science and technology RIS download Bibtex download

Theses / Dissertations

  • Gibbs BJ Understanding technoscientific citizenship in a low-carbon Scotland. RIS download Bibtex download

Dictionary/encyclopaedia entries

  • Gibbs BJ (2011) Structuration Theory. In Green Technology: An A to Z guide SAGE Publucations, Inc. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gibbs BJ (2011) Green Metrics. In Green Technology: an A to Z guide SAGE Publications, Inc. RIS download Bibtex download
Teaching activities

Beverley’s teaching focuses on final year MEng and MSc students, including:

  • Managing Innovation and Change
  • Professional Development, and professional ethics
  • Dissertation supervision on topics associated with: design philosophy and tools; open source hardware; innovation strategy; sustainability
Professional activities and memberships