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Dr Roger Penlington

Associate Professor

Department: Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Roger did his first degree at Sheffield City Polytechnic and his post-graduate study, a PhD was in glass manufacture at Sheffield Hallam University. 

He joined Northumbria in 1994 to undertake research into glass manufacture specifically aspects related to heat transfer, fluid flow and forming processes. Roger took up a lecturing role in 1998 and was awarded a personal Teaching Fellowship in recognition of research into engineering education in 2006.

Roger is now an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Construction Engineering teaching on the Mechanical Engineering MEng and MSc programmes. He is currently responsible for the preparation for engineering programmes submission to the Teaching Excellence Framework

Roger’s research supervision covers the areas of engineering education, manufacturing processes and glass technology with 14 students being awarded their PhDs.

As a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Fellow of the Staff and Education Development Association Roger has delivered educational development workshops at many HEIs in the UK and Overseas.

Supporting the Society of Glass Technology as a Fellow, Member of Council, Roger served as the Society’s President from 2012 to 2014.

Roger is currently the Deputy Chair of the UK & Ireland Engineering Education Research Network.

Roger Penlington

Campus Address

Wynne Jones Building

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Fit for purpose? Engineering educators', teacher training & engineering scholarship, Clark, R., Penlington, R., Andrews, J., Knowles, G. 1 Jan 2020, SEFI 47th Annual Conference, European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI)
  • Valuing diversity and establishing an approach to supporting excluded groups, Tudor, J., Penlington, R. 3 Jan 2020, The Proceedings of the 7th Annual Conference of the UK & Ireland Engineering Education Research Network, Coventry, WMG, University of Warwick
  • Analysis of labour market needs for engineers with enhanced knowledge in renewable energy in some European and Latin-American Countries, Comodi, G., Cioccolanti, L., Mahkamov, K., Penlington, R., Lapuerta, M., Hernandez, J., Lora, E., Venturini, O., Cobas, V., Palacio, J., Freires, F., Torres, E., Da Silva, J., Kafarov, V., Velasco, J., Martinez, J., Salcedo, G., Suárez, I., Jaen, R., Gonzalez, J., Fernandez, M., Faure, L., Oliva-Merencio, D., Reyes, I., Salas, J., Ramírez, C. 2019, In: Energy Procedia
  • New academics’ experiences of induction to teaching: an Activity Theory approach, Mathieson, S., Allin, L., Penlington, R., Black, K., Orme, E., Anderson, E., Hooper, H., McInnes, L. 31 Dec 2019
  • 5th Annual Symposium of the United Kingdom & Ireland Engineering Education Research Network: Time for Change, Andrews, J., Clark, R., Nortcliffe, A., Penlington, R. 7 Mar 2018
  • Experimental and numerical study of Buoyancy-driven low turbulence flow in rectangular enclosure partially filled with isolated solid blockages, Iyi, D., Hasan, R., Penlington, R. 1 Dec 2018, In: International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer
  • The First Spring Colloquium of the United Kingdom & Ireland Engineering Education Research Network, Penlington, R., Andrews, J. 24 Oct 2018
  • Zero-dimensional transient model of large-scale cooling ponds using well-mixed approach, Ramadan, A., Hasan, R., Penlington, R. 1 Apr 2018, In: Annals of Nuclear Energy
  • An investigation into the effects of pattern geometries on laser trimmed film resistors, Alafogianni, M., Birkett, M., Penlington, R. 9 Jan 2017, Proceedings of the 2016 International Conference for Students on Applied Engineering (ISCAE), Piscataway, IEEE
  • Effect of Abrasive Machining on the Electrical Properties Cu86Mn12Ni2 Alloy Shunts, Misti, N., Birkett, M., Penlington, R., Bell, D. 29 Jul 2017, In: Materials

PGR Supervision

  • Neil Parkin An investigation into the influence of Trust on the sharing of Practical Knowledge in Technology Producing Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Start Date: 01/12/2014 End Date: 17/01/2020
  • Kennedy Amedu Modelling and model based adaptive control of twin screw extrusion processes (IPA stage) Start Date: 10/01/2011 End Date: 08/10/2015
  • Stephen Ball An investigation into the impact of enterprise education for computing and engineering undergraduate students within a UK HEI Start Date: 10/02/2016


  • Education PGCE August 01 1994
  • Engineering PhD August 01 1994
  • Engineering BEng (Hons) June 30 1991
  • Fellow Staff and Educational Development Association (FSEDA) Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA) 2017
  • Senior Fellow Higher Education Academ (SFHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2016
  • Fellow Higher Education Academy (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 1999

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