Dr Tim Amsdon

Dr Tim Amsdon


Tim joined the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering in 2017 as part of the SWJTU-Leeds Joint School project located in Xipu, China. Throughout his time on the project, he played a crucial role in establishing and developing laboratory and teaching capabilities for the Electronic and Electrical Engineering Programme at the Joint School. He also played an important role in the successful accreditation of the programme by the IET in 2021.

Tim possesses extensive teaching expertise, covering various areas such as communications systems and systems, digital electronics, digital media system, embedded systems, high-frequency electronics, and RF and microwave engineering. He strongly advocates for teaching approaches that blend different methods, prioritise students' needs, and incorporate project-based learning.

Currently, Tim serves as a lecturer (assistant professor) in embedded systems and holds the position of module leader for ELEC/XJEL 2645 Embedded Systems and ELEC3612 Digital Media Engineering. He is also the Deputy Director of Student Education (Taught Programmes) and a team member of the University's Curriculum Redefined project which aims to undertake a comprehensive restructuring of all undergraduate and taught postgraduate programmes across the university over the next five years.

In addition to his roles at the University of Leeds, Tim is an external examiner for the University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Furthermore, he serves as an internal examiner for the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Leeds.

Before joining Leeds, Tim spent four years as the Head of Engineering at the International Study Centre, University of Huddersfield. Prior to that, he gained seventeen years of industrial experience, working for leading-edge electronics companies in various roles, including positions in engineering and management. His professional journey has taken him to different countries, including the United States, Germany, South Korea, and China.

Throughout his time in industry, Tim undertook numerous engineering responsibilities, such as design, system architecture, applications development, and consultancy. He has successfully designed and developed a variety of RF and microwave products, contributing to the creation of broadcast video receiver products for renowned TV and set-top-box manufacturers.

Tim is a Chartered Engineer registered with the UK Engineering Council. He is also a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering and a Ph.D. in visible light communications from the University of Huddersfield. Tim is currently training as a volunteer accreditor for the IET.


  • Deputy Director of Student Education (Taught Programmes)
  • Module Leader for ELEC/XJEL2645 Embedded Systems Project and ELEC3612 Digital Media Engineering
  • Curriculum Redefined

Research interests

Tim is interested in embedded systems, VLC, RF and microwave engineering, and broadcast video systems.

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://eps.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • PhD in Visible Light Communications
  • BEng(Hons) Electronic Engineering

Professional memberships

  • UK Chartered Engineer (CEng) registered with the Engineering Council (CE)
  • Fellow of the UK Institution of Engineering and Technology (FIET)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Senior Member of the US Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (SMIEEE)

Student education

Tim fulfils the role of project supervisor and assessor for projects at MSc, MEng, and BEng levels. Additionally, he serves as an academic personal tutor for MSc, Level-2, and Level-1 students.

Tim actively engages in pedagogical research and has presented at various teaching and learning workshops and conferences: Leeds-Southwest Jiaotong University Joint School (12/11/2022 and 14/11/2022), titled ‘Adapting Teaching to the EMI Situation’;Southwest Jiaotong University, China, CPD Symposia (23/11/2019), titled ‘Adapting Teaching Methodology in Engineering to the EMI Situation’; and University of Leeds, UK, Student Education Conference and Digital Festival (05/01/2018), titled ‘Adapting Teaching Methodology’.

Research groups and institutes

  • Institute of Robotics, Autonomous Systems and Sensing