University of Hertfordshire

Dr Rodney Day B.Eng(Hons), MBA, PhD, CEng, FIET, FHEA

Dean of School of Physics, Engineering & Computer Science

Rodney Day

Dr Rodney Day B.Eng(Hons), MBA, PhD, CEng, FIET, FHEA

Dean of School of Physics, Engineering & Computer Science

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University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, Hertfordshire
United Kingdom


Rodney Day is Dean of the School of Physics, Engineering and Technology. After joining the University in 1993 Rodney worked on a series of large research council funded R&D projects associated with river engineering, sediment transport and the performance of hydraulic structures. As well as teaching fluid mechanics, hydraulics and river engineering, and carrying out some research in CFD, he also worked on a series of design guides on bridge scour, culvert design and side weirs for the Environment Agency, DETR and CIRIA. Rodney also undertook a variety of consultancy projects for various organisations.

In 2002 Rodney took over as manager of the University’s Generic Training Programme for researchers and was responsible for managing the annual programme of training activities for the University’s researchers, which is designed to broaden and develop interpersonal and transferable skills. In 2003 Rodney completed his MBA in which his dissertation was on performance management of emergency planning in the UK, working with the Civil Contingencies Secretariat. At that time Rodney worked with the FCO on the introduction of the ATAS scheme for international research students.

Over the 10 year period 2000 to 2010 Rodney balanced teaching and practicing project management with managing research activity within the Science and Technology Research Institute at the University. He ran short courses on project and risk management and was a PRINCE2 registered practitioner. Rodney chaired the University's Researcher Development Working Group responsible for implementing the Researcher Development Framework, implementing the Concordat and which led to the University obtaining the EC HR Badge of Excellence for Research in December 2010. Rodney was co-ordinator for the Vitae East of England Hub, chair of the Vitae Careers in Academia and Advancing in Academia events and tutored on National and Local GRADschools.  He enjoyed developing leadership and teamworking skills amongst the UK PhD and Early Career Researcher community. 

In 2010 Rodney took on the role of Associate Head of School (Operations and Planning) in the School of Engineering and Technology with responsibilities for staffing, resource management, laboratories, H&S and business planning. This included opportunities for overseas teaching in 2011 and 2012 in China at the Tiyuan University of Technology, and in 2014 and 2015 delivering project management short courses in Poland. In August 2012 he moved to be Associate Dean (Research and Commercial) in the School overseeing the Schools submission to REF2014 and the development and growth of research and the Schools business facing activities. Rodney has also acted as an external examiner and panel member for academic quality activities.

In November 2016 Rodney took on the position of Dean of School of Engineering and Technology, spanning Electronics, Aerospace, Mechanical, Civil, Manufacturing, Biomedical and Automotive, as well as Digital, Aerospace and Motorsport Technology. In August 2018 Rodney became Dean of a new School of Engineering and Computer Science, and subsequently in 2020 Dean of the School of Physics, Engineering and Computer Science.

Rodney is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, A Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a member of the IET Fellowship Panel, and a current Director of UH Ventures Ltd. In his spare time Rodney is a Bronze, Silver and Gold Level Accredited for the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme, supervises expeditions and expedition training, whilst also enjoying his own walking in the hills and mountains of the UK and globally. To date, he has walked most of the hills in N Wales, the Lake District, Brecon Beacons and Dartmoor, as well as several 4000m+ mountains around the world.

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