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The University of Southampton

Industrial Advisory Board

In 1977 the University of Southampton trialled the first four year civil engineering course in the country; offering students a more complete experience, it allowed our graduates to compete with engineers around the world. Eighteen years later the course was accepted as the national model and it is this kind of forward thinking the University strives to achieve throughout its teaching.

The Industrial Advisory Board is a key part of this process and comprises of a team of leading civil engineering professionals who work with our academic staff to ensure our courses are tailored to the needs of industry. Working in areas from highway design to oil and gas exploration, the board not only provides a wealth of experience but helps ensure our students are unrivalled in their preparation for an increasingly dynamic industry.

The Board currently comprises 19 members, 6 from a selection of engineering companies/local authorities and 10 key members of the University's staff.


Industrial members

John Armitage - Structural Design Team Leader, Ramboll Gifford

Alan Churchman - Director, VVRM Ltd

Professor Ed Hollinghurst -  Formerly Joint Managing Director at Gifford, Ramboll Gifford

Dr Nigel Last - Research and Development Manager, BP Exploration

Hugh Jones - Chief Executive Officer, Steer Davies Gleave

Alison Jones - Associate, Design and Engineering, Atkins


Members from the University of Southampton 

Professor William Powrie - Civil and Environmental Engineering Programme Director

Professor John Preston -  Head of Transportation Research Group

Professor Sonia Heaven - Head of Water and Environmental Engineering Group

Professor AbuBakr Bahaj - Head of Energy and Climate Change Group

Professor David White - Head of Infrastructure Group

Professor David Richards - Head of School of Engineering

Dr Mithila Achintha - CEE Employability Officer and SUCCESS scholarship Scheme Co-Ordinator

Dr Stephanie Gauthier - CEE Admissions Tutor

Alastair McDonald - School of Engineering Director of Design Education

Gill Bramley - Senior Marketing Manager

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