Staff profile

Dr Patrick Barber

Course Director

Patrick Barber


Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering


College of Science and Engineering


School of Computing and Engineering


Markeaton Street, Derby Campus



I am the Course Director for the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Built Environment. I am responsible for curriculum development, student experience, and employability.

Teaching responsibilities

Programme Leader for:-

I teach in the areas of engineering management and manufacturing engineering. I also teach elements of the motorsport courses.

I teach the first-year business module for engineering students and the first-year Health and Safety module for Mechanical Engineering. I also supervise a number of student projects a year around heritage motorsport and manufacturing/ business projects.

Professional interests

I am heavily involved in the development of engineering courses including degree apprenticeships at a national level. Working with other Universities, employers and regulatory bodies to develop industry relevant course. I have been involved in government reviews of higher education provision and in the development and setting of standards for Engineering foundation degrees.

Research interests

I am currently working in the field of improving the pedagogy for the teaching of engineering design. This is investigating how modern design methodologies and systems can be integrated into the teaching of engineering design.

Membership of professional bodies


Recent conferences

Experience in industry

I have worked in the boiler making industry and civil engineering developing quality control and cost saving measures.

Additional interests and activities

I am a school governor for my local primary school

Recent publications