Dr Dixon-Hardy appointed Deputy Head of the School Chemical and Process Engineering

The Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences is pleased to welcome Dr Darron Dixon-Hardy as the new Deputy Head of the School of Chemical and Process Engineering.

Dr Dixon-Hardy joined the University of Leeds in 1999, was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2006, and is currently the Aviation Programme Lead.

As a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society, Dr Dixon-Hardy’s research interests include aircraft flight parameters, safety in aviation regarding pilot workload and energy research focusing on the combinations of hybrid PV systems. He has experience as a Royal Academy of Engineering Industrial Scholar to Leeds Bradford International Airport

Before joining the University of Leeds, Dr Dixon-Hardy held academic positions at the University of Abertay Dundee and Brunel University. He is qualified with a BEng (Hons) degree in Mining Engineering (1988) and a PhD in Mine Environmental Engineering (1992) from the University of Nottingham. Additionally, he holds a PGCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education from the University of Leeds, a PGDip in Legal Practice and a LLM in Law from the University of Huddersfield.

Welcoming the appointment, Executive Dean of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Professor Nora de Leeuw, said: “I am delighted that Dr Dixon-Hardy has accepted the position, having worked in our Faculty for many years. His leadership experience in academia and industry will be hugely valuable to the School of Chemical and Process Engineering. Dr Dixon-Hardy has proved himself to be an excellent researcher and lecturer, and I’m excited to see what he achieves as Deputy Head.”

Dr Dixon-Hardy said: “I’m pleased to start my new position as Deputy Head of the School of Chemical and Process Engineering. Having worked in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences since 1999, I am very passionate about developing the Faculty and highlighting our world-leading research and teaching. It was a pleasure to work in the senior leadership as the Aviation Programme Lead and I’m very proud of what we achieved. Aviation at Leeds is one of the few Universities recognised as a UK Civil Aviation Authority training organisation with a CAA approved flight simulator. I look forward to supporting colleagues across the School and further developing our offering.”

Dr Dixon-Hardy joins the School Executive Board and School Management Committee to support operations, including implementing the School strategy, external partnership and market development, staff line management, supporting staff wellbeing and developing equality, diversity and inclusion initiatives.