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. During his time on the project, he played an important role in establishing and developing laboratory and teaching capabilities for the Electronic and Electrical Engineering Programme at the Joint School. Additionally, he contributed to the programme's successful accreditation by the IET in 2021.

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

Currently, Tim serves as a lecturer (assistant professor) and is the Deputy Director of Student Education (Taught Programmes). He also an internal examiner at Leeds and an external examiner for the University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Before joining Leeds, Tim spent 4 years as the Head of Engineering at the International Study Centre, University of Huddersfield. Prior to that, he gained 17 years of industrial experience, working for leading-edge electronics companies in various engineering and management positions. 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 PhD in visible light communications from the University of Huddersfield. Tim is also volunteers as an IET Accreditor.


  • Deputy Director of Student Education (Taught Programmes)
  • Module Leader for ELEC/XJEL2645 Embedded Systems Project

Research interests

Tim is interested in RF and microwave engineering, free-space optical communications (VLC), embedded systems, and broadcast video systems.

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  • 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)
  • IET Accreditor

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