Personal profile


Leigh is currently the Subject Area Leader for Mechanical Engineering in the School of Computing and Engineering. After graduating with a BEng(hons) in Engineering Design: Mechanical from the University, she continued her studies completing a PhD in “The Use of 3D Analysis Techniques to Investigate the Wear of Femoral Stems in Total Hip Replacment” before moving into industry, working for DePuy International in their research and test department.

Since returning to academia, Leigh has worked on a number of research projects including: SOLADIM, a DTI funded project to investigate defect detection in semi-conductor materials; a number of industrial projects looking at the use of surface metrology to optimise manufacturing processes and functionality; investigations into wear of a range of orthopaedic implants; and NanoMEND, an FP7 project to investigate the possibilities of online measurement, detection and repair of defects in roll to roll processes.

Currently Leigh is expanding her measurement knowledge to apply to healthcare situations and recently wrote an editorial for Wounds UK to show how Engineers can work collaboratively with clinicians to improve the quality of basic care offered.

Her acadmic duties include teaching of Materials, Thermofluids and Investigative Studies. She is course leader for the Engineering Foundation Year and is also the Athena Swann Champion for the department. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has a PGCert in Higher Education Practice.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Development of techniques to model skin integrity
  • Innovations in woundcare
  • Fretting wear of femoral stems in total hip replacement
  • Applications of surface metrology
  • Measurement of pressure shear and friction

Research Degree Supervision

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  • Mechanical Testing
  • Engineering Thermodynamics
  • Photovoltaics
  • Hip
  • Tribology
  • Wear Testing
  • Medical Engineering
  • Metrology
  • Engineering Education
  • Mechanical Design
  • Quantitative Research
  • Atomic Layer Deposition

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Research Output 2005 2018

  • 17 Article
  • 5 Conference contribution

Characterisation of wear areas on UHMWPE total knee replacement prostheses through study of their areal surface topographical parameters

Holland, M., Fleming, L., Walton, K., Cerquiglini, A., Hothi, H., Hart, A., Skinner, J. & Bills, P. J. 26 Apr 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : Surface Topography: Metrology and Properties.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Knee prostheses
Ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylenes
molecular weight

Chemical Imaging by Dissolution Analysis: Localized Kinetics of Dissolution Behavior to Provide Two-Dimensional Chemical Mapping and Tomographic Imaging on a Nanoscale

Reading, M., Ghori, M., Brown, D. R., Fleming, L., Antonijevic, M. D., Grandy, D. B., Hourston, D. J., Song, M. & Conway, B. 6 Jun 2017 In : Analytical Chemistry. 89, 11, p. 5882-5890 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Imaging techniques
Polymethyl Methacrylate
Surface structure
1 Citations

Development of a model to demonstrate the effects of friction and pressure on skin in relation to pressure ulcer formation

Leung, P. H., Fleming, L., Walton, K., Barrans, S. & Ousey, K. 15 Apr 2017 In : Wear. 376-377, Part A, p. 266-271 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
blood vessels
Blood vessels
5 Citations

Impact of Purification on Physicochemical, Surface and Functional Properties of Okra Biopolymer

Ghori, M. U., Mohammad, M. A., Rudrangi, S. R. S., Fleming, L. T., Merchant, H., Smith, A. M. & Conway, B. R. Oct 2017 In : Food Hydrocolloids. 71, p. 311-320 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Surface Properties

Evaluating the Trezzo range of static foam surfaces: results of a comparative study

Ousey, K., Stephenson, J. & Fleming, L. 9 Nov 2016 In : Wounds UK. 12, 4, p. 66-73 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Moving and Lifting Patients
Nursing Staff
Sodium Hypochlorite

Activities 2016 2016

  • 1 Oral presentation