Professor Rachel Horn

Professor of Engineering Education
Faculty of Engineering Director of Learning and Teaching

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
Sir Frederick Mappin Building
Mappin Street, Sheffield, S1 3JD

Telephone: +44 (0) 114 222 5792
Fax: +44 (0) 114 222 5700

Room: C109


Learning in an industrial context provides skills such as management, project management, communication, presentation skills, health and safety awareness, and risk management, all of which enable our graduates to transition more easily into their careers, giving them a more holistic view of their profession.

Professor rachel horn


Rachel joined the Department in 2005 after 10 years in practice as a Civil Engineer and Project Manager, and completion of a PhD in Flow Resistance of Floodplain Vegetation at the University of Cambridge. She is a Chartered Civil Engineer and a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers with experience in the design, construction and project management of numerous projects including roads, bridges and various building refurbishments. Rachel is a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers' Yorkshire and Humber Committee, the Joint Board of Moderators and the ICE Academic Qualifications Panel.

Rachel’s teaching consists of construction and project management modules, which she developed to encourage the best ways in which to get students to think differently about the engineering challenges they face. Rachel has been instrumental in introducing the Global Engineering Challenge and Engineering You’re Hired projects to all engineering students in the Faculty. She also helped to develop and implement the Integrated Design Project at Departmental level. By embedding design and project-based learning into the curriculum, Rachel’s initiatives are introducing students to industry processes at an early stage, meaning they’re enhancing their employability skills, learning how to be professional engineers, widening the context of their academic learning, and becoming more attractive graduates. Professor Horn has been recognised at Departmental and Faculty level for her local, national and international leadership in engineering education.

Selected Publications

Conference proceedings papers

  • Murray P & Horn RP (2012) Inspiring global employability skills in a 1-week project. The Higher Education Academy STEM Conference. London, UK, April 2012. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Horn RP & Murray P (2012) Global engineering challenge: A curriculum innovation to inspire rather than assess. 4th International Symposium for Engineering Education. Sheffield, UK, July 2012. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Murray P & Horn RP (2012) A global curriculum and a global working environment. International Conference for Engineering Education. Coventry, UK, September 2012. RIS download Bibtex download