I joined Aston University as a member of staff in 2017, having studied my PhD at Aston prior to this appointment.
I became interested in Engineering at an early age whilst volunteering on a heritage steam railway, where I continue to volunteer in the locomotive department.
After graduating I conducted research into railway noise at Southampton University before becoming involved with public engagement. Between 2009 and 2017 I worked with many charities, schools, and organisations to develop and deliver engineering education activities across the UK.
I currently teach on a number of modules that form part of the Engineering and Applied Science Foundation Programme, including:
I am interested in enabling students to make informed decisions about their futures and achieve their full engineering potential. For this to happen I believe that a holistic approach to engineering education is required, and as such my research interest focuses on engineering education across educational levels.
Projects I have been involved with include:
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Broadbent, R. (2017) What can a child’s experiences tell us about engineering education activities? In Proceedings of the 45th European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI) Annual Conference 2017 – Engineering Excellence for Sustainability. Azores, Portugal, 18th – 21st September 2017. P. 1292 – 1299.
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