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Helen Dobson


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I do not supervise any PhD projects nor Post Docs.

I am a supervisor for dissertation projects for students who are already undertaking undergraduate and MSc taught programmes in MACE.

If you are interested in undertaking a taught programme, applications must be made through the normal university course application process. I am unable to accept any applications as I am not involved in that process.

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Mrs Helen E. Dobson is a graduate Chemical and Environmental Engineer. She joined academia in 2000 from the petrochemicals industry, where her responsibilities included ensuring environmental regulatory compliance and developing site improvement projects. She was also concerned with health and safety (risk management) and she spent her first two years in industry working in investment planning. Employed by UMIST and then Manchester University in a teaching focused-role, Helen has focused in her pedagogic research on engaging engineering students in experiential and practice-learning, using approaches such as problem based learning and reflective practice to encourage deep-learning and enhance key employability skills. More recently, Helen has gained experience in using e-learning tools to enhance interactive learning and access to rich media. Throughout her career, Helen has been involved in educating interdisciplinary cohorts of students at all levels in environmental management and technology and sustainable development. Helen has been part of the School of Chemical Engineering, The EPS Faculty Teaching Support and Development Team and then the Enterprise Centre in Manchester Business School. Since November 2013, Helen has been part of the "Management of Projects" Group in the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering (MACE) and she contributes to several sustainability committees and initiatives for the University as a whole as well as teaching research methods and ethics.

Research interests

  • Sustainable Development & Circular Economy
  • Education (Transformational Project Based Learning and Assessment)
  • Engineering Ethics and Social Responsibility

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action


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