Dr Tim Amsdon

Dr Tim Amsdon


Tim joined the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering as a Teaching Fellow in 2017, and spends most of his time teaching at the SWJTU-Leeds Joint School in Xipu, China. Tim teaches a wide range of subjects, specifically: communications networks and systems; digital electronics; embedded systems; high frequency electronics; and RF and microwave engineering. Tim specialises in the delivery of modules using blended-learning, student-centred active learning and project-based teaching approaches.
Prior to joining Leeds, Tim spent 4 years at the University of Huddersfield as Head of Engineering at the International Study Centre, and prior to that, 16 years in industry working for a number of original equipment manufacturer and fabless semiconductor companies. Tim has held positions at principal engineering and management levels, and gained extensive international experience, having lived and worked in the US, Germany, South Korea, and China.
During his time in industry, Tim has worked in a number of engineering roles spanning design, system architecting, applications development and consultancy, and has designed and developed numerous R.F. and microwave products. Tim specialised in broadcast video receiver systems, and has designed and developed numerous such systems for global TV and set-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. Tim holds both a Bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering and a PhD in visible light communications from the University of Huddersfield.

Tim is interested in visible light communications and RF and microwave systems and broadcast video systems.


  • Teaching at the Leeds-SWJTU Joint School
  • Module Leader for ELEC/XJEL2645 Emdedded Systems Project

Research interests

VLC, RF and microwave engineering, 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)

Student education

Tim has experience delivering the following undergraduate modules:

  • Level 1: XJEL1405 Communications Networks and signals, XJEL1420 Communications Systems, XJEL1620 Digital Electronics and Microcontrollers
  • Level 2: XJEL2140 High Frequency Electronics, ELEC/XJEL2645 Embedded Systems Project (Module Leader)
  • Level 3: XJEL3360 RF and Microwave Engineering

Note: the XJEL prefix denotes modules delivered at the Leeds-SWJTU Joint School and ELEC denotes those delivered at Leeds.

Tim has also assessed projects at MSc level and presented pedagogical research at the following teaching and learning conferences:

  1. University of Leeds, UK, Student Education Conference and Digital Festival (05/01/2018), titled ‘Adapting Teaching Methodology’;
  2. Southwest Jiaotong University, China, CPD Symposia (23/11/2019), titled ‘Adapting Teaching Methodology in Engineering to the EMI Situation’

Research groups and institutes

  • Institute of Robotics, Autonomous Systems and Sensing