Dr David P Connolly

Dr David P Connolly


Dr Connolly works within the Institute for High Speed Rail and Systems Integration. He holds a PhD in High Speed Rail from the University of Edinburgh (UK), and a first class honours in Civil Engineering, also from the same University.  He is a chartered professional engineer with the Institution of Civil Engineers (CEng MICE).


  • Head of Civils/Track research at the Institute for High Speed Rail & Systems Integration
  • Programme Manager - Railway Engineering with Project Management

Research interests

Dr Connolly has held a variety of research grants, from funders including EPSRC, Innovate UK and the Leverhulme Trust.  He has also been awarded grants directly from industry.  He is primary supervisor for several PhD students and his research interests are include: Railway track dynamics, settlement, ground-borne vibration, critical velocity, soil-structure interaction

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Student education

Dr Connolly is the programme leader for the ‘Railway Engineering with Project Management’ MSc, and teaches several modules on this programme.

<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>We welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>