Staff profile

Louise Pigden

Deputy Dean, College of Engineering and Technology

a head shot of Louise Pigden, Deputy Dean for the college of Engineering and Technology.


College of Engineering and Technology


Markeaton Street, Derby Campus



I am Deputy Dean in the College of Engineering and Technology. I have responsibility for Learning, Teaching and Student Experience. Our College has undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, alongside research and knowledge exchange, in Computing, Mathematics, Built Environment and Engineering. I am a passionate advocate for the power of higher education as a transformative route to social inclusion and equality of opportunity. 

Research interests

I am actively researching the learning experience and outcomes for students studying joint or combined honours degrees, roughly 10% of undergraduates in the UK. I examine the lived experiences of the students, but also analytically explore their outcomes in terms of good honours and graduate employability. Gender, age and educational advantage (via POLAR quintiles) have all added additional dimensions to the research. 

Membership of professional bodies

Membership of professional bodies


Recent conferences

New Approaches to Engineering Higher Education: The Institution of Engineering and Technology. 18 November 2019. London, UK.

Advance HE Teaching and Learning Conference 2019: Teaching in the spotlight - innovation for teaching excellence. 2 - 4 July 2019. Northumbria, UK.

Inside Government, Women in STEM Conference. 22 May 2019. Central London, UK.

Higher Education Academy Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Conference: Creativity in Learning, Teaching and Student Experience. 29 Jan - 1 Feb 2018. Newcastle Centre for Life, UK.

Experience in industry

Recent publications

Pigden, L. & Moore, A.G. (2019) Educational advantage and employability of UK university graduates Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning, Vol. 9 No. 1, DOI (10.1108/HESWBL-10-2018-0101)

Pigden, L. & Jegede, F. (2019) Thematic analysis of the learning experience of joint honours students: their perception of teaching quality, value for money and employability, Studies in Higher Education, Vol. 44, DOI: 10.1080/03075079.2019.1661985 

Pigden, L. and Jegede, F. (2018), “Understanding the educational needs of joint honours degree students in a post Brexit United Kingdom higher education sector”, PEOPLE: International Journal of Social Sciences, Vol. 4 No. 1, pp. 383-404. [Google Scholar] [Crossref] [Infotrieve] 

Pigden, L. and Moore, A.G. (2018), “Employability outcomes for university joint honours graduates”, Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning, Vol. 8 No. 2, pp. 195-210, doi: 10.1108/HESWBL-11-2017-0088. , [Google Scholar] [Link] [Infotrieve] 

Pigden, L. and Moore, G. (2017), “Does subject choice in a joint degree affect highly skilled graduate employment?”, PUPIL: International Journal of Teaching, Education and Learning, Vol. 1 No. 1, pp. 93-114. , [Google Scholar] [Crossref] [Infotrieve] 

Pigden, EL., (2016). Understanding the lived experiences of joint honours graduates: how can educators best enable student success? International Journal of Arts and Sciences, CD-ROM. ISSN: 1944-6934 :: 09(01):49–62 (2016) 

Pigden, L. and Jegede, F. (2016), “Combined degrees & employability: a comparative analysis of single and joint honours graduates of UK universities”, West East Journal of Social Sciences, Vol. 5 No. 2, pp. 11-19. [Google Scholar] [Infotrieve] 

Pigden, EL. & Matthews, B., (2015). Academic and professional support for a large, multi-subject joint honours scheme at the University of Derby. Academic Advising and Personal Tutoring – UK Network Launch in association with NACADA: the global community for academic advising; 25 March 2015; University of Sheffield