Staff profile

Dr Patrick Barber

Course Director

Patrick Barber


Civil Engineering and Construction Management, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering


College of Engineering and Technology


Mechanical Engineering and the Built Environment


Markeaton Street, Derby Campus



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

Teaching responsibilities

Programme Leader for:-

MSc Professional Engineering

MSc Motorsport Engineering

Post Graduate Apprenticeship Programme for Engineering

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

Professional interests

I am interested in improving manufacturing productivity and ways of increasing the profitability of SME's through innovative engineering management methods allowing companies to develop new products and to compete in complex international markets.

Research interests

My research interests are in the areas of engineering management in terms of life cycle costing models and investigating how the product development process can be improved for SME's

Membership of professional bodies

Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers at Chartered level


B.Eng(Hons) in Combined Engineering (Manufacturing Engineering)


Chartered Engineer

Recent conferences

Barber P Et al, An Integrated Strategy for HE Engineering Provision between FE Colleges and Universities within Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, Engineering Education 2008, International conference on innovation, good practice and research in engineering education, Loughborough University September 2008

Barber P and Dean A,The Experience of Developing a Workbased MSc as Part of the Engineering Gateways Programme, EE2012 Conference September 2012 Coventry

Seddon D, Barber P, Lamb F, A toolkit for HEIs wishing to develop work-based engineering degrees leading to professional engineer status, HESTEM Conference September 2012 Birmingham