Principal Lecturer (Group Head)
Dr Hirst is currently Group Head of the Civil Engineering Group in the School of the Built Environment. He has over 30 years experience as an academic, working in three institutions. After completing a PhD in structural instability, a collaborative project between Sheffield City Polytechnic and Surrey University, he worked for four years as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Leeds University. Joining Leeds Polytechnic as a Lecturer in 1990, he has undertaken a range of academic roles and is currently a Principal Lecturer, with both management and teaching responsibilities.
2007 - Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
1999 - Member of the Institute of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
1986 - PhD in Structural Engineering (Sheffield Polytechnic/Surrey University)
1980 - BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering (Sheffield Polytechnic)
2007 - date Principal Lecturer, Leeds Metropolitan University, Group Head of
2005 - 2007 Principal Lecturer, Leeds Metropolitan University, Group Head of
Construction & Project Management
1990 - 2005 Senior Lecturer, Leeds Metropolitan University
1986 - 1990 Post Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Leeds
1981 - 1986 Lecturer (Part-time) and Research Assistant (Full Time), Sheffield
1978 - 1979 Technical Officer, Divisional Civil Engineers Department, British Rail.
1974 - 1976 Technical Officer, Divisional Civil Engineers Department, British Rail.
Structural instability, stress analysis and engineering mechanics.
2004 - date
Supervision of a part-time MPhil Research Student - The Aesthetic use of Concrete.
Examiner for a PhD study into the Sustainability of Structural Masonry.
1986 - 1990
Post-Doctoral research and development project, "EUREKA project EU130: Introduction of computer integrated Manufacturing System into the Constructional Steelwork Industry". Leeds University.
1981 - 1986
PhD Dissertation, "Buckling Behaviour of Slender Structural Elements Under Interactive Axial Static and Cyclic Loading". Sponsoring establishment, Sheffield City Polytechnic; Collaborating establishment, Surrey University.
Over 10 research publications between 1985 and 1992.