Robert Higham

Lecturer in Motorsports Engineering 


I was educated at primary, secondary and further education levels in Preston. I worked at BAE Systems as an apprentice and then moved to BMW as a diagnostic technician. I went to university as a mature student and studied Motorsports Engineering at the University of Central Lancashire. I went back into industry as a placement student working for Airbus UK in the materials and processes department before I was offered an opportunity to spend some time in north Germany carrying out some research and development of additive manufacturing (3D printing). Airbus Germany funded my dissertation on my return to university and I finished with a First Class Honours Degree. I returned to Airbus and spent several years at Airbus in various roles before I settled as an additive manufacturing and metallic material specialist before taking up my current role at the University of Bolton. I am currently completing a PgCert in Teaching and Learning in Higher and Professional Education.

My professional experience and research informs my teaching and professional activities by being directly-transferrable to the classroom with real industrial connection and collaboration at the heart of this.

Research Interests

Self-awareness, reflection and ethnography as a model for professional development.

Additive manufacturing and the use of additive manufacturing in developing sports/performance cars.
Teaching Responsibilities

Module lead for Auto & Component Design. Teaching support for BSc and BEng team project and race car design.
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