Kenneth Leitch

Kenneth Leitch

Dr Kenneth Leitch FHEA

Lecturer

Biography

Kenny is Program Lead for Edinburgh Napier Universities undergraduate programs in Civil Engineering. He has actively sought new opportunities for the creation of new programs in line with the Universities Strategy 2020 and has successfully secured funding from the Scottish Government (via Skills Development Scotland) to establish a Level 10 Graduate Apprentice programme in Civil Engineering. In addition to the development and validation of this program he has also facilitated recruitment to the inaugural cohort of students. The successful recruitment and program realisation has resulted in the award of a further 25 places for the 2019 intake.

Kenny also successfully leads the Full Time undegraduate BEng/MEng Civil Engineering program which has attained NSS overall satisfaction scores of 100% (2017) and 90% (2018). Kenny contributes to the Joint Board of Moderators and is involved in the Development of guidelines for Work Based Learning for adoption by Universities across Scotland.
Kenny is a Teaching Fellow and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He was awarded "Best Lecturer" in the ENSA Student nominated Excellence awards 2019.

Events

Esteem

Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Institution of Structural Engineers Scottish Regional Group Committee member 2013-14
  • Technical Consultant – Smartply/ Coillte Panel Products
  • Structural Timber Association (STA) – PD6693/ B525 Racking Design Technical Steering Group

 

Conference/Workshop

  • Conference Chair: Edinburgh Napier University MEng conference (2013 to Present)

 

External Examining/Validations

  • Development of Work Based Learning Guidelines for Scottish Universities (2019 to Present)
  • Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Proffesional Mentor (2019 to present)
  • Skills Development Scotland (SDS) Technical Expert Group (2018 to Present)

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Best Lecturer SEBE - ENSA Student Nominated Excellence Awards 2019
  • Fellowship of the Higher Education Acadamy (2016 to Present)
  • TRADA Timber in Construction Prize 2008- Runner Up

 

Invited Speaker

  • Building Sucess Through Diversity and Inclusion
  • Invited speaker - IUT Lyon
  • Institution of Civil Engineers - Evening Lecture: Royal Society of Edinburgh (18th November 2015)
  • Institution of Structural Engineers - Structural Connections Seminar
  • LEITCH, K. & HAIRSTANS, R. The development of a hybrid racking panel–appraisal of methods for strength and stiffness calculation. World Conference on Timber Engineering. WCTE, 2010.
  • LEITCH, K., HAIRSTANS, R. & COSTE, G. 2007. The performance of dowle type fasteners in timber to concrete connections 3rd Scottish Confernece for Postgraduate Researchers of the Built and Natrual Environment (PRoBE). Glasgow Caledonian University.
  • LEITCH, K., HAIRSTANS, R., ABBOT, D., DODYK, R. & MCANDREW, S. 2008. Experimental Study of Timber-to-Concrete dowel type connections used in Timber Platform Frame. World Conference on Timber Engineering 2008. Myazaki, Japan.
  • LIVINGSTONE, A., MENENDEZ, J., LEITCH, K. & HAIRSTANS, R. The Case for Mass Customisation of Structural Timber Design. Structures Congress, 2015. ASCE.
  • SANNA, F., HAIRSTANS, R., LEITCH, K., CRAWFORD, D., MENEDEZ, J. & TURNBULL, D. Structural optimisation of timber offsite modern methods of construction. Proceedings: World Conference on Timber Engineering, Auckland, NZ, 2012.
  • MENENDEZ, J., HAIRSTANS, R. & LEITCH, K. 2014a. Timber frame racking calculation software. CSC Tedds

 

Public/Community Engagement

  • Institution of Structural Engineers - Scottish Universities Model Competition (14th March 2018)
  • Design Engineer Construct! Activities for creation of Built Environment Pathway (2017 to Present)

 

Reviewing

  • Reviewer for Journal of Structures and Buildings.

 

Date


10 results

Adaptation of learning and teaching methods for the delivery of an undergraduate program in Myanmar

Conference Proceeding
Leitch, K., MacIver, A., & Smith, I. (2017)
Adaptation of learning and teaching methods for the delivery of an undergraduate program in Myanmar. In L. G. Chova, A. L. Martinez, I. C. Torres, & I. Academy (Eds.), INTED2017 Proceedings, 4083-4088. https://doi.org/10.21125/inted.2017.0988
The establishment of a democratically elected government in 2015 has facilitated the development of much of the Myanmar’s long neglected educational infrastructure. Newly form...

The Case for Mass Customisation of Structural Timber Design

Conference Proceeding
Livingstone, A., Menendez, J., Leitch, K., & Hairstans, R. (2015)
The Case for Mass Customisation of Structural Timber Design. doi:10.1061/9780784479117.243
This paper reports on the potential of timber for structural applications in the international construction market, particularly in the light of its environmental credentials ...

Sole plate fixing details for modern methods of timber construction.

Book Chapter
Menendez, J., Leitch, K., & Hairstans, R. (2014)
Sole plate fixing details for modern methods of timber construction. In S. Aicher, H. W. Reinhardt, & H. Garrecht (Eds.), Materials and joints in timber structures: recent development of technologies, 109-118. Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-7811-5_10
In order to resist lateral loads, modern methods of timber construction are reliant on the in-plane shear strength of the walls orientated parallel to the applied action. In ...

Structural behaviour of timber frame closed panels for specification in the United Kingdom.

Conference Proceeding
Menendez, J., Leitch, K., & Hairstans, R. (2014)
Structural behaviour of timber frame closed panels for specification in the United Kingdom
A series of closed timber frame wall panels were tested for racking capacity in accordance with the standard BS EN594:2011 [1]. The test program was designed to investigate th...

Timber frame racking calculation software.

Other
Menendez, J., Hairstans, R. & Leitch, K. (2013)
Timber frame racking calculation software.
CSC has been working successfully with the University’s Centre for Offsite Construction & Innovative Structures (COCIS) to deliver a new Tedds timber racking calculation to Eu...

The development of a hybrid racking panel - appraisal of methods for strength and stiffness calculation.

Conference Proceeding
Leitch, K., & Hairstans, R. (2010)
The development of a hybrid racking panel - appraisal of methods for strength and stiffness calculation. In 11th World Conference on Timber Engineering 2010
Throughout the U.K, Timber Platform Frame is increasingly being utilized in the high volume, low cost housing market. Here, the client’s desire for fully detached housing ofte...

The performance of dowel type fasteners in timber-to-concrete connections.

Conference Proceeding
Leitch, K. & Hairstans, R. (2006)
The performance of dowel type fasteners in timber-to-concrete connections

Experimental study of timber-to-concrete dowel type connections used in timber platform frame construction.

Conference Proceeding
Leitch, K., Hairstans, R., Abbott, D., Dodyk, R. & McAndrew, S. (2007)
Experimental study of timber-to-concrete dowel type connections used in timber platform frame construction. ISBN 978-1-61567-088-8

Structural optimisation of timber off-site modern methods of construction.

Conference Proceeding
Sanna, F., Hairstans, R., Leitch, K., Crawford, D., Menendez, J. & Turnbull, D. (2011)
Structural optimisation of timber off-site modern methods of construction
Efficient and sustainable building systems are required in order to achieve the UK government’s target of building three million new homes by 2016. Given the current lack of a...

A structural engineering platform for timber modern methods of construction.

Conference Proceeding
Menendez, J., Hairstans, R., Leitch, K. & Turnbull, D. (2011)
A structural engineering platform for timber modern methods of construction
The UK has a housing deficit, requiring 3 million new homes by 2020 that will have to conform to national environmental policy and the corresponding regional building regulati...

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