Engineering Systems & Management


Welcome from the Head of ESM Group

Dr Jack Carnell

Those of you who are returning for your second or final year: as ‘old hands’ will have a good idea of the do’s and don’ts associated with the demands of University life and work – so there’s no need to dwell on the importance of meeting deadlines etc, is there?

For you, the purpose of this handbook is to remind you of some essential information, and to publish the descriptions of the modules you will be studying. If you need any clarification or advice, please don’t hesitate to contact your personal tutor, or your Programme Director; (Dr Nii Ankrah for Construction Project Management and Quantity Surveying; Dr Lucy Rackliff for Transport Management, Dr Yasmine Sabri for Logistics and Supply Chain Management/Purchasing Mangement and David Leach for Business and Supply Chain Management;) or myself. I am sure you will find this year stimulating and rewarding and I wish you all the best for the weeks ahead.

For those of you who are new to Aston, a very warm welcome to the Engineering Systems and Management Group (ESM). Our aim is to help you succeed in your chosen degree programme. This is designed to give you the opportunity for own personal development and to provide you with the knowledge and skills you will need in your future career. Your success will depend to a large extent on a strong personal commitment - so in the final analysis, the onus is on you to succeed! It is essential that you fully participate in lectures and tutorials and that you engage with coursework and get it done on time (not rushing it at the last minute). 

Should problems of any kind arise, please seek help. If the problem is of an administrative nature, you should make enquiries at the School Office ( or the Hub; for academic matters please contact your Programme Director or your Personal Tutor. This Handbook provides essential information but, of course, cannot tell you everything. If the information you need isn’t in these pages, do not hesitate to ask!

I am sure that you will find your time here to be stimulating, rewarding and enjoyable. Finally, I look forward to meeting you, and I wish you every success in your studies here at Aston.