Josie Rothera

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Josie is the Course Director for the postgraduate Civil Engineering courses. She is a Chartered Civil Engineer (CEng), an Associate of the Association for Project Management, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and an early career researcher.

Josie is at her foremost a mentor to students and graduates alike. She has over ten years of project site management experience on contacts over £10M, often as the sole female representation on the delivery team. She is an active promoter for the Institution of Civil Engineers in the Yorkshire & Humber region, and is a board representative on a number of steering groups in both academia and industry.

Josie teaches a range of management applications across undergraduate and postgraduate courses. She leads modules at L4, L6 and L7 and is a significant contributor to personal skills development awareness and facilitation. She brings a wealth of industry links and projects for the students and is often seen at regional events for professional engineering institutions. She is a keen supporter for under-represented groups in civil engineering and the built environment industry and is a member of the Women's Engineering Society (WES) and Women in Science and Engineering (WISE).

Josie is a co-founder and Company Director of STEER Support and Mentoring CIC, which supports undergraduates in transitioning into built environment careers. STEER currently work with Leeds Beckett University and Nottingham Trent University.

Current Teaching

  • HND, BEng, BSc, Degree Apprenticeship and MSc Civil Engineering
  • C4PM APM Level 6 & Level 7 Qualifications

Research Interests

Josie's research topic relates to the Degree Apprenticeship model of learning for undergraduate civil engineering students, and how these are being delivered. Leeds Beckett University has Apprentices from large multi-disciplinary consultants, to one-market SMEs across Northern England. She is an early career researcher hoping to complete in 2023.

Josie is also part of the research group in the School of Built Environment and Engineering and has been pivotal in bringing research topics on digital technologies together with industry partners under collaborative agreements. She continues to identify other industry research partnership opportunities, most recently with contractors and facility management companies.

Selected Publications