Dr Tim Amsdon

Dr Tim Amsdon


Tim Amsdon joined the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Leeds as a Teching Fellow in 2017. He is largely based at the SWJTU-Leeds Joint School in Xipu, China, where he teaches communications networks and systems, digital electronics, embedded systems, high frequency electronics and RF and microwave engineering. Tim predominantly uses blended-learning and project-based teaching methods.
Prior to working at Leeds, Tim spent 4 years at the University of Huddersfield as Head of Engineering at the International Study Centre. Tim also has 16 years of industrial experience spanning consumer OEM, semiconductor, and space and defence sectors, and has held positions at principal engineering and management levels. Tim also has extensive international experience, having lived and worked in the US, Germany, South Korea, and China.
During his time in industry, Tim worked on the design and development of R.F. and microwave products, specialising in set-top-box and television systems. In particular, he worked at the forefront of broadcast receiver technology, having designed and developed numerous broadcast receiver systems for global TV and ste-top-box manufacturers.

Tim is registered with the UK Engineering Council as Chartered Engineer, and is 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, and has both a Bachelors degree in Electronic Engineering and a PhD in visible light communications from the University of Huddersfield.

Tim is interested in visible light communications and brain-computer interfacing.


  • Teaching at the Leeds-SWJTU Joint School

Research interests

VLC, RF and microwave engineering, broadcast video systems, BCI.


  • BEng(Hons) Electronic Engineering
  • PhD

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 has experience delivering the following modules at SWJTU-Leeds Joint School:

  • Level 1: XJEL1405 Communications Networks and signals, XJEL1420 Communications Systems, XJEL1620 Digital Electronics and Microcontrollers, XJEL1901 Physical Electronics 1
  • Level 2: XJEL2140 High Frequency Electronics, XJEL2645 Embedded Systems Project
  • Level 3: XJEL3360 RF and Microwave Engineering

Research groups and institutes

  • Institute of Robotics, Autonomous Systems and Sensing