About Me

I am Faculty Director of Education in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Manchester Metropolitan University and Professor of Project Management Education.  I lead on all aspects of the Education Strategy from teaching and learning to employability.  I support the F-PVC to set long-term strategic visions and work in a matrix structure to monitor and deliver progress through the work of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education.

Prior to joining Man Met in 2017, I was a Senior Lecturer in the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering at The University of Manchester.  I have a PhD from The University of Manchester, am a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA) and a Chartered Engineer (MIET).  I also have an MBA with Distinction from Lancaster University Management School and completed my undergraduate studies in Applied Physics and Electronics at the University of Durham.  A late convert to academia, in my previous life, I enjoyed a successful career in manufacturing engineering, project management and consultancy at UMI3, PA Consulting Group and the Autobar Group.

My research interests are in the management of project uncertainty, especially in safety-critical environments such as civil nuclear, aerospace and oil and gas industries.  I continue to work closely with project management organisations in the engineering and nuclear sectors.

My pedagogic research is centred on technology enhanced teaching and learning, both in large class and blended learning environments.  I am recognised as an excellent university teacher and have innovated extensively in my UG and PG teaching.   I have published in a number of pedagogic journals and have organised, co-chaired and delivered a range of seminars, workshops and conference streams both in Manchester and nationally in these areas.  I was also Academic lead for eLearning and Head of the Management of Projects Teaching Group at The University of Manchester.

6 thoughts on “About Me”

  1. Fiona, you were my lecturer in 2011 -2012 @ University of Manchester (MSc. Construction Project Management). You made me love Project finance. A course I never regretted taking. As an Engineer and project Manager, people wonder how I so much understand Project finance. Thanks to you Fiona. I still have the Course Handbook. Thanks to you, I give part time lectures at Pentecost University College on Project Finance related topics.

  2. I was fortunate to attend Fiona’s Project Finance lectures during my time at the University of Manchester when studying for my MSc in Construction Project Management (2015/16). The reason I decided to take the Project Finance option was swayed by Fiona’s no nonsense style in describing the road ahead. Hard work and commitment would be required. What became increasingly apparent as the lecture programme proceeded was this hard work and commitment was a reciprocal arrangement. Fiona delivered each well prepared lecture with enthusiasm. Flawlessly. Student participation was always encouraged. Feedback on coursework was on point and inspiring. An enjoyable educational experience which was gratefully received. Thank you.

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