Dr Tim Amsdon

Dr Tim Amsdon


Tim joined the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering in 2017, initially as part of the SWJTU-Leeds Joint School project, located in Xipu, China. Throughout his time on the project, he played an important role in establishing and developing the labs and teaching capabilities for the Electronic and Electrical Engineering Programme at the Joint School. His contributions were also recognised for securing the programme's successful accreditation by the IET in 2021.

Tim possesses extensive teaching expertise, covering various areas such as communications networks and systems, digital electronics, 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 in embedded systems and holds the position of module leader for the 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. This project aims to undertake a comprehensive review of all undergraduate and taught postgraduate programmes across the university over the next 5 years.

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 16-years of industry 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 industry tenure, 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, as well as contributed 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.


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

Research interests

Tim is interested in embedded systems, VLC, RF and microwave engineering, 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)

Student education

Tim serves as a supervisor and assessor for projects at MSc, MEng, and BEng levels. He also acts as a personal tutor for MSc 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