Rebecca Broadbent

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Phone: 0121 204 4249


Room: MB 166





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.


  • MEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering, The University of Nottingham, 2007.
  • PhD in Engineering Education, Aston University, 2019.
  • 2017 – Date: Foundation Year Teaching Fellow, Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University.
  • 2017 – 2018: Postgraduate Demonstrator, Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University.
  • February 2017 – August 2017: Project Officer, Aston University.
  • 2010 – 2017: Freelance STEM Communicator and Education Consultant.

I currently teach on a number of modules that form part of the Engineering and Applied Science Foundation Programme, including:

  • Physical Science and Engineering Foundations.
  • Mechanical Engineering Associated Studies.
  • Mechanical Science 1 & 2.

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:

  • Engineering education efficacy prior to HE.
  • Retention within Engineering in HE.


I am an active member of the UK and Ireland Engineering Education Research Network and am chair of their Newer Researcher Network (@EERN_ECR).
  • FHEA, Fellow of the HEA
  • MIET, Member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology
  • MIMA, Member of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications

Broadbent, R. (2019).  In the proceedings of the 6th Annual Symposium of the United Kingdom & Ireland Engineering Education Research Network, 1st – 2nd November 2018, University of Portsmouth, UK, pg. 284 – 295.

Broadbent, R., Andrews, J. & Phull, S. (2018). What children think about engineering: Children’s perceptions of engineering following participation in an engineering education activity.  In Proceedings of the 46th SEFI Conference, 18th – 22nd September 2018, Technical University of Denmark, Copenhagen, pg. 88 – 96.

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.

Broadbent, R, Andrews, J. & Phull, S. (2017). Supporting Trailing & Failing Engineering Students: Timing and Awareness. In Proceedings of the 5th Annual Symposium of the United Kingdom & Ireland Engineering Education Research Network, 23rd – 24th November 2017, Royal Academy of Engineering, London, pg. 130 – 135.