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Last updated 17th April 2024


Leigh is currently the Acting Head of Department for 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.

Leigh's current research interested include application of metrology to novel surface characterisation, in particular with skin interfaces, in particular for woundcare, pressure area care and pressure ulcer prevention and also the development and evaluation of assistive technologies for improved health related quality of life. She is also active in developing research around the integration of predictive health maintenence systems in SMART homes for improved health outcomes. 

Previoulsy 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 works collaboratively with clinicians and other academics to improve the quality of basic care offered.

Her acadmic duties include teaching of Materials, Thermofluids and Professional Development and Research Methods. She is pasionate about EDI and the impact of HE on social mobility. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has a PGCert in Higher Education Practice.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Mechanical Testing
  • Engineering Thermodynamics
  • Photovoltaics
  • Hip
  • Tribology
  • Wear Testing
  • Medical Engineering
  • Metrology
  • Engineering Education
  • Mechanical Design
  • Quantitative Research
  • Atomic Layer Deposition
  • Model skin integrity
  • Innovations in woundcare
  • Technology and Evaluation for Pressure Ulcer Prevention
  • Fretting wear of femoral stems
  • SMART Technologies
  • Assisted living


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