Bill is a senior Chartered Engineer and member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers with many years of industrial experience. He started his career as an Engineering Officer in the merchant navy, and then worked as a maintenance engineer in a number of industries, before eventually moving into production management where he finally became Operations Manager for a large heavy manufacturing company.
In 1992 he became a university lecturer where he used his industrial experience to increase the relevance of engineering degree courses for manufacturing companies. As part of this he was one of the first developers of work-based learning programmes in the UK.
From 2007 until 2009, whilst Principal Lecturer at Kingston University he led their development of the UK’s first MSc Professional Engineering programme as part of the Engineering Council’s Gateway Project Engineering. This innovative approach to integrating academic engineering education with professional competence development within practical industrial environments is proving to be a major success and is popular with many companies because of its ability to rapidly improve the practical skills of engineers at all levels.
In 2010 he was recruited by Aston University to be the Programme Director for Aston University’s newly developed version of the MSc Professional Engineering, which has since grown to become the largest and most successful of all the Gateway’s Projects programmes, with students both in the UK and internationally.
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