Dr Beverley Gibbs


Senior University Teacher in Engineering Management

Director of Learning and Teaching (Strategy)

Year in Industry Lead – Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Sir Frederick Mappin Building
Mappin Street
S1 3JD

Telephone: +44 (0) 114 222 7732

Fax: +44 (0) 114 222 7890

email: b.gibbs@sheffield.ac.uk


Beverley joined the academic staff in 2015 after a 20 career in practice as a Production Engineer, Programme Manager and Strategic Analyst in manufacturing, applied research, engineering consultancy and mining. In the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Beverley is Director of Learning and Teaching (Strategy), with leadership responsibilities spanning accreditation, pedagogy, curriculum development and employability. She is Programme Director for the core MEng and BEng Mechanical Engineering degrees and the Year in Industry Programme Lead for Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering students. Her teaching philosophy values an active, connected, fun learning experience that produces capable engineers with their own sense of purpose.

Outside the Department, Beverley is an active member of the academic community and has participated in numerous University activities including membership of: the Sheffield Engineering Leadership Academy (2015 - date), the Responsible Research and Innovation Steering Group (2016), the Learning & Teaching Development Forum (2016-17), the Academic Career Pathways Working Group (2017) and the Diamond Film Series, which invites all students and staff to consider how movies portray engineering and technology.

In the transition to academia, Beverley completed a PhD in public participation with low-carbon energy technologies in Scotland, sponsored by the ESRC and the Scottish Government. In 2013 she was appointed to a Provost’s Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at UCL as a founding member of a new interdisciplinary Department in the Engineering Faculty with research and teaching responsibilities. She conducted research on the role of rare earth mining in Greenland’s aims for political and economic independence and has spoken on this topic at numerous international conferences of various disciplines, and provided expert evidence at the UK House of Lords Arctic policy review. At UCL Beverley was part of the team that designed a new MPA programme and she convened a module on the institutional environments of engineering practice. She also contributed to problem-based learning and professional skills modules for undergraduates on the UCL Integrated Engineering Programme.

Beverley has a B.Eng in Polymer Engineering from Loughborough University, an MBA from Cranfield University, MA and PhD from Nottingham University and a Professional Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Professional and Higher Education from UCL Institute of Education. In 1998 she was accredited as a Chartered Engineer through the Institute of Materials, Metals and Mining for her work in manufacturing metrology at the National Physical Laboratory.


Beverley teaches final year and MSc students, including:

  • Industrial Marketing
  • Adaptive decision-making
  • Managing engineering projects and risk

She is part of the team that teaches 3rd year undergraduate group design (MEC307) and supervises MSc and Final Year MEng/BEng projects in the areas of engineering management and risk, design thinking, and the role of manufacturing and engineering in sustainable development.

Research Interests

Beverley's research interests cluster around the themes of interdisciplinary teaching and learning, and engineering governance.

Drawing on professional experience and comparative studies, she is interested in developing curriculum strategies for improving the engagement of students outside their core discipline, particularly for engineers exploring social sciences and humanities. She collaborates with the University of Virginia Department of Engineering and Society to examine and compare undergraduate interdisciplinary learning (funded by ASU’s Virtual Institute for Responsible Innovation at Arizona State University), and is co-investigator on the Nottingham TERRAIN project, helping develop a tool to cascade the teaching of responsible innovation through SET doctoral training.