Professor Anne Neville

Professor Anne Neville



BEng (1st Class Hons), PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of Glasgow

Professional Distinctions

1st Class Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Awarded the Goudie Prize for Thermodynamics (1992)
Awarded the departmental prize for presentation of research results (1994)
Ph.D. University of Glasgow (1995)
Awarded the British Gas and Bill Edwards Memorial Prize at the Researching for Industry Colloquium, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen and organised by The Society for Underwater Technology (1995)
Awarded the 84th MakDougall Brisbane Prize from the Royal Society of Edinburgh for ‘an outstanding contribution to engineering science’ (1999)
Awarded EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship (1999)
Awarded Guy Bengough Prize for the Best Papers in British Corrosion Journal in 2000 (2001)
Awarded the Ken Griffiths Memorial Shield at the UK Corrosion 2001 Conference for presenting the memorial lecture (2001)
Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (2005)
Elected Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (2005)
Elected Fellow of IMechE (2007)
Awarded inaugural RAEng Chair in Emerging Technologies (2008)
Elected Fellow of the IoM3 (2009)
Elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (2010)
Institution of Mechanical Engineering, Donald Julius Groen Prize for achievements in Tribology (2011)
Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit award (2013)
STLE Wilbur Deutsch Hunt Memorial Award for best paper in Tribology Transactions in 2013 (2014)
Announced as one of 10 EPSRC RISE (Recognising Inspirational Scientists and Engineers) Fellows (2014)
Biomedical Engineering Association Annual Lecture, Institution of Mechanical Engineers (2015)
Medical Research Council Suffrage Science heirloom recipient (2015)
Featured as one of five researchers on Queen Elizabeth Prize website – Inspiration Engineering (2016)
Royal Society Leverhulme medal (2016)
IMechE James Clayton Prize (2016)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire, New Year Honours list (2017)
Elected Fellow of the Royal Society (2017)
Awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Heriot Watt University (2017)
Visiting Professor of China University of Petroleum (2017)
U R Evans Award, ICorr (2018)
Awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Glasgow (2019)


Career funding so far >£68M of which £43M as Primary Investigator (PI).  As PI >£12M has been funded by EPRSC, >£17M by other national and international research funding providers (including REng, ERC, TSB, NIHR, InnovateUK) and >£14M from national and international industrial sponsors.


  • Dircetor of the Institute of Functional Surfaces
  • Editor-in-Chief for Tribology: Materials, Surfaces and Interfaces

Research interests

Professor Anne Neville is a leading researcher in the fields of tribology and corrosion. Tribology is the study of what happens on surfaces of and at the interfaces between materials. In many engineering applications it has significant interactions with corrosion; in fact the field of tribocorrosion captures the science in this area. 

She began her career with a final-year project on corrosion in her degree in mechanical engineering, and continued a PhD at The University of Glasgow. After her graduation, she moved straight from her doctorate into a lectureship at Heriot-Watt University, progressing to reader and then professor. During this transition, she focused her research on flow assurance in oil and gas. 

While this still remains an important part of her work, since her move to the University of Leeds, her interests have further expanded into new areas of research, including biological systems alongside the more usual mechanical and chemical aspects of her work.

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Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS)
  • Order of the British Empire (OBE)
  • Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FRAEng)
  • Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE)
  • Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (FIM3)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA)

Student education

I currently supervise 62 PhD students, 42 as Primary Supervisor.  I also supervise 17 postdoctoral research fellows. 

To date I have successfully supervised129 research students to completion.  A full list of Thesis titles is available upon request from

Research groups and institutes

  • Institute of Functional Surfaces

Current postgraduate researchers

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