University of Hertfordshire

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


Rodney Day

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


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University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, Hertfordshire
United Kingdom


Rodney is Dean of the School of Physics, Engineering and Computer Science. 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 to broaden and develop their 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 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, as well as acting as co-ordinator for the Vitae East of England Hub. He chaired the national Vitae Careers in Academia and Advancing in Academia events and tutored on National and Local GRADschools.

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 China, and in 2014 and 2015 delivering project management short courses in Poland. In August 2012 he became 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. He worked on national and regional initiatives including the Alliance Group Energy DTA, the UUK Open Equipment scheme and was a Project Board Member for the Hertfordshire LEP Enviro-Tech Enterprise Zone.

In November 2016 Rodney was appointed as Dean of School of Engineering and 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 led the development of the research strand of the 2020-2025 strategic plan, is a Director of UH Ventures Ltd, and contributes to a number of institution-wide groups. Currently Rodney is leading on three institution-wide projects, including Champion for the Technician Commitment, developing a new institutional Public Engagement Strategy, and introducing a new Academic Workload Framework.

Rodney is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and the Institution of Civil Engineers, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a member of the IET Fellowship Panel. In his spare time Rodney is a Bronze, Silver and Gold Level Accredited Assessor for the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme, whilst also enjoying his own walking in the hills and mountains of the UK and globally. He enjoys spending time in the mountains of North Wales, the Lake District, and the Brecon Beacons, as well as on several 4000m+ mountains around the world.

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