Staff profile: Richard Llewellyn

Richard Llewellyn is a lecturer in the School of Engineering and the Built Environment. His recent research has focused on the influence of intelligent road studs on driver behaviour.

"I entered the academic world from industry, and although it was a change of scene, it also brought my story full circle as I had almost trained as a maths teacher in the first place.

"There was a place for me on a teacher training course at Birmingham University, but when I graduated in Civil Engineering I had mixed feelings about becoming a teacher. I gave it a lot of thought that summer and in the end I changed my mind and stuck with engineering. This resulted in continuation of my training through a MSc in Transport Planning at Leeds, before securing a full time position with a firm of engineering consultants in Edinburgh.

"However, although over the following years I became professionally qualified as a  Chartered Civil Engineer, I never lost the desire to teach and share knowledge.

"After the global financial crash I was working in consultancy and was leading a team in Scotland in very difficult conditions. I decided to switch to higher education and pass on my knowledge and experience to the next generation of engineers.

"Away from the university, I am a fan of the great outdoors. I am a keen skier, walker and cyclist – anything that gets me out into fresh air."