Alistair Sambell

Alistair Sambell

Prof Alistair Sambell

Senior Vice Principal & Deputy Vice Chancellor

Biography

Alistair Sambell is Senior Vice Principal and Deputy Vice Chancellor at Edinburgh Napier University, having joined the University in 2012 from Sheffield Hallam University where he was Pro Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Arts, Computing, Engineering and Sciences.

He gained both his first degree and DPhil from York University in Electronic Engineering, and after a spell working in industry joined Northumbria University to undertake research into solar energy. He subsequently moved into an academic role at Northumbria, being appointed Professor of Engineering and moving through various roles that included founding Dean of the School of Computing, Engineering and Information Sciences.

Alistair is passionate about the role of Higher Education in transforming lives and has been active in teaching and research throughout his career, developing research interests to include microwave engineering (in particular antenna design) and pedagogy (in particular assessment for learning) with around 100 related publications. He has been submitted to Research Assessment Exercises in 2001 and 2008, as well as the most recent Research Excellence Framework 2014.

As Senior Vice-Principal and Deputy Vice Chancellor Alistair has a wide-ranging remit at Edinburgh Napier, both internally and externally, that includes oversight of the academic strategy of the University. He has line management responsibility for the six Deans of School as well as the Deans for Research & Innovation and Learning & Teaching and has had responsibility for leading a range of initiatives and projects including REF submission; QAA institutional review; Athena Swan; Outcome Agreements with the Scottish Funding Council; and the implementation of the new academic appointment and promotions framework. His external activity has included serving on the QAA engineering benchmarking statement group, the IET degree accreditation panel and the committee of the Engineering Professors' Council. He is currently a member of the QAA Scotland Committee as well as the Universities Scotland Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee and Learning and Teaching Committee and served as an assessor for the new Teaching Excellence Framework .

Research Areas

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Application of genetic algorithm to design of sequentially rotated circularly polarised dual-feed microstrip patch antenna array.

Journal Article
Aljibouri, B., Sambell, A., & Sharif, B. S. (2008)
Application of genetic algorithm to design of sequentially rotated circularly polarised dual-feed microstrip patch antenna array. Electronics Letters, 44, 708. https://doi.org/10.1049/el%3A20080947
A design procedure for a circularly polarised 2 times 2 patch antenna array is presented. The structure involves 22 design parameters with associated constraints, and a multi-...

Investigation of transformer turns ratio between feed and slot of aperture coupled slot antenna by using s11 parameter.

Journal Article
Liu, L., Ghassemlooy, Z., Sambell, A., Danaher, S., & Smith, D. (2013)
Investigation of transformer turns ratio between feed and slot of aperture coupled slot antenna by using s11 parameter. IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, 61, 5785-5787. https://doi.org/10.1109/TAP.2013.2275745
This communication presents a simplified design approach to obtain the turns ratio nf which models the coupling between the microstrip feed and slot line of an aperture couple...

Investigation of the equivalent circuit parameters and design of a dual polarised dual frequency aperture coupled microstrip antenna.

Journal Article
Liu, L., Korolkiewicz, E., Ghassemlooy, Z., Sambell, A., Danaher, S., & Busawon, K. (2013)
Investigation of the equivalent circuit parameters and design of a dual polarised dual frequency aperture coupled microstrip antenna. IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, 61, 2304-2308. https://doi.org/10.1109/TAP.2013.2241716
This communication presents a simplified approach to the design of a single feed dual polarised, dual frequency (1.9 and 2.4 GHz) aperture coupled microstrip antenna. Using si...

Application of segmentation analysis to a matched U-slot patch antenna

Journal Article
Lee, S. K., Ooi, S. . F., Sambell, A., Korolkiewicz, E., & Scott, S. (2008)
Application of segmentation analysis to a matched U-slot patch antenna. Microwave and Optical Technology Letters, 50, 2608-2611. https://doi.org/10.1002/mop.23743
A wide impedance matching bandwidth or multi-band response can be obtained using a single layer U-slot rectangular antenna with a probe feed. However, the determination of the...

Evaluating assessment strategies through collaborative evidence‐based practice: can one tool fit all?

Journal Article
McDowell, L., Smailes, J., Sambell, K., Sambell, A., & Wakelin, D. (2008)
Evaluating assessment strategies through collaborative evidence‐based practice: can one tool fit all?. Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 45(2), 143-153. https://doi.org/10.1080/14703290801950310
This paper reports on a collaborative project to improve assessment undertaken by a cross discipline group of university lecturers (Business, Engineering and Psychology) using...

Student perceptions of the learning benefits of computer-assisted assessment: a case study in electronic engineering

Book
Sambell, K., Sambell, A. & Sexton, G. (1998)
Student perceptions of the learning benefits of computer-assisted assessment: a case study in electronic engineering. In Brown, S., Bull, J. & Race, P. (Eds.). Computer-assisted assessment in higher education, 179-191. KoganPage. ISBN 0749430354, 9780749430351
No abstract available.

Using computer-aided assessment

Book
Sambell, K., Sambell, A. & Sexton, G. (1998)
Using computer-aided assessment. In McDowell, L. (Ed.). Using Information Technology in Teaching, Learning & Assessment, n/a. Northumbria University, MARCET. ISBN n/a
No abstract available.

Developing assessment strategies to enhance student learning : supporting evidence-based practice though collaboration

Book
McDowell, L., Sambell, A., Sambell, K., Smailes, J. & Wakelin, D. (2006)
Developing assessment strategies to enhance student learning : supporting evidence-based practice though collaboration. Northumbria University, MARCET. ISBN 9781861354037
No abstract available

Supporting diverse students : developing learner autonomy via assessment

Book
Sambell, K., McDowell, L. & Sambell, A. (2005)
Supporting diverse students : developing learner autonomy via assessment. In Bryan, C. & Clegg, K. (Eds.). Innovative assessment in higher education, 158-168. Taylor & Francis (Routledge). ISBN 9780415356428, 9780415356411
This chapter focuses on two case studies in which lecturers aimed to use assessment as a pedagogic technique to foster learner autonomy. Analysis of the student viewpoint is u...

Developing autonomy via assessment for learning: students' views of their involvement in self and peer review activities

Book Chapter
K, S., & A, S. (2019)
Developing autonomy via assessment for learning: students' views of their involvement in self and peer review activities. In C. Bryan, & K. Clegg (Eds.), Innovative Assessment in Higher Education: A handbook for academic practitioners, 173-189. (2nd). Taylor & Francis (Routledge
No abstract available.

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