Dr Beverley Gibbs


Dr Beverley GibbsDirector of Learning and Teaching (Strategy)

Senior University Teacher in Engineering Management

Department of Mechanical Engineering
B01, 36-38 Victoria Street
S1 3JD

Tel: +44 (0) 114 222 7732

Fax: +44 (0) 114 222 7890

Email: b.gibbs@sheffield.ac.uk

Open Office Without Appointment: Thursdays 10-11am in term time


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 Department of Mechanical Engineering, Beverley is Director of Learning and Teaching (Strategy) and Programme Director for the MEng and BEng Mechanical Engineering degrees. Her leadership responsibilities span accreditation, pedagogy, curriculum development and employability and her teaching philosophy values an active, connected, social and inspiring learning environment that helps develop engineers with their own sense of purpose.

Outside the Department, Beverley is an active member of the academic community and has participated in numerous Departmental, Faculty and University activities, including Year in Industry Programme Lead for Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (2015-2018) and membership of the Sheffield Engineering Leadership Academy Operations Board (2015 - date). During 2018-19, Beverley has co-curated [plek-suh-s], a collection of iconic portraits of mechanical engineering colleagues and their work, which was projected onto city buildings, exhibited in Sheffield Cathedral as part of the University’s 2018 Festival of the Mind and will be on permanent display in the University’s Heartspace from 2019. She is leading a major curriculum change in Mechanical Engineering, and is a member of the Organising Committee for #OER19 (Galway, 10-11 April 2019), a major international conference that critically engages with ideas, practices and promises related to Open Educational Resources.

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 the Department’s foundational educational offering 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, Minerals and Mining, for her work in manufacturing metrology at the National Physical Laboratory, and in 2018 was recognised as a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 


Beverley teaches 4th Year MEng and MSc students, including:

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

She mentors 3rd Year group design and supervises MSc and Final Year MEng/BEng projects in the areas of engineering management and risk, design philosophy and open source hardware, and the role of manufacturing and engineering in sustainable development.

Research Interests

Beverley's research interests are concentrated on critical engagement with technology through lenses of science and technology studies, responsible research and innovation and sustainable development. She conducts action research in her professional roles, considering how challenges from critical pedagogy can help shape an environment in which engineering students become inspired, creative, skilful, motivated and responsible graduates.

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.