Staff profile

Derek Spalton

Programme Leader BSc Civil Engineering BEng Civil Engineering MSc Civil Engineering and Construction Management


Civil Engineering and Construction Management


College of Science and Engineering


School of Built and Natural Environment


Markeaton Street, Derby Campus



I was in the Civil Engineering Industry for over 20 years undertaking Design and Supervision of Highway and Drainage Projects in the UK. I have been at the University for 15 years, I have held several programme leadership roles and am the Academic Lead for the Civil Engineering laboratories.

I have a BEng from Nottingham Trent University and a MSc from Sheffield Hallam University. I am currently completing a PhD at the University of Derby in Engineering Surveying.

Teaching responsibilities

My main areas of teaching are in Engineering/Land Surveying and in Highway Engineering, reflecting my academic and industrial experience.

I have developed a postgraduate module related to my research and experience in Transportation and Geomatics.

I am an experienced placement tutor and supervise many students throughout their Independent Studies. 

Professional interests

I have over 20 years of industrial experience and am a Chartered Engineer. I am active with Professional Institutions and am the Regional Chair for the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyor (CICES) and a Committee member of the Regional Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation(CIHT). I am an Engineering Council reviewer for the CIHT and CICES. I sit on the Academic Standards Panel for the Institute of Highway Engineers and the CIHT.

Research interests

My main areas of research are Infrastructure Surveying and Highway Engineering.

Membership of professional bodies

I am a Chartered Engineer, a Member of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, a Member of the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors and a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Recent conferences

Experience in industry

I have worked with my family surveying business and several Local Authorities and Consultants over a 20 year period. I was the Summary Schemes Manager for Area 7 of the Highways Agency and an Emergency Project Engineer for the AMScott Consortium. Whilst working at Leicester County Council I managed various Section 278 schemes and worked on designs and site supervision for Area 7 in the PLaN consortium.