Dr Beverley Gibbs


Director of Learning and Teaching (Strategy)

Senior University Teacher in Engineering Management

Department of Mechanical Engineering
36-38 Victoria 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 year 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) 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 University activities including Year in Industry Programme Lead for Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (2015-2017), board member 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), the Learning Analytics working group (2017-date) 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 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, 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 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.