Mr Edward Simpson


School School of Applied Sciences

Department Division of Engineering and Food Sciences

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+44 (0)1382 30 8135



1994 - Present: University of Abertay Dundee

Teaching and scholarly activities for post-graduate and undergraduate programmes: construction management, quantity surveying, architectural design, renewable technology, civil engineering, the environment and security.

 College Consortia Coordinator  (2009 – 2015)

  • Responsibility for quality assurance for specific School of Science, Engineering and Technology programmes; the MSc Construction Management delivered in collaboration with the Ecole Supérieure de Conduite de Travaux, Paris and undergraduate awards with Fife College and Dundee & Angus College 
  • Contribute to strategic direction as appropriate

 Programme Tutor (2003 – 2009)

  • Day-to-day management of post-graduate and undergraduate construction programmes; relevant Programme Executive, Module Board and Programme Board meetings and module development/review processes
  • Preparation and defence of annual reports and programme reviews to the University, professional bodies and QAA as appropriate


Currently active in three strands of research: environmental and sustainability issues; management and leadership, including topical construction management and project management issues with a focus on Building Information Modelling; and teaching and learning.

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Eddie teaches across a number of areas based in his considerable experience.  The main subjects Eddie covers are Project Management, Construction Management, Leadership, Construction Contracts and Environmental Management; additional subjects vary and currently include risk, security and crisis management as well as Personal Development Planning.

Eddie uses various methods for supporting teaching including considerable additional materials on Blackboard.

In addition to being a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a mentor for professional development in both construction and education.  Eddie has published several papers covering teaching and education practice and has numerous nominations and won Student Led teaching awards.

Eddie has contributed to research projects within the Urban Water Technology Centre and Abertay Centre for the Environment .

Eddie has a particular interest in learning and knowledge development in addition to his subject discipline of construction. He has published papers covering educational developments and learning in the context of Higher Education and for organisational development.  Eddie was editor of Interact, the Journal of the Society for the Advancement of Games and Simulation in Education and Training (SAGSET) and currently provides support to RT Resources as a vocational training provider for the Quality Assurance of assessments. Edward’s current research focuses on learning within the construction professions and how organisations can benefit from a better understanding of how to develop effective learning strategies for staff.

Eddie is a part of the UWTC team and further details can be found on the team website:

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Funding/Grant Awards

2017 - 2018 Principal Investigator: Measuring Attributes.  ATLEF5

2015 - 2016 Principal Investigator: Pyramid Pods. SFC Innovation Voucher Scheme

2015 - 2016 Principal Investigator: Evaluating the impact of curriculum reform.  ATLEF3

1994 - 1996 Principal Investigator: JCT and NEC - a critical analysis.  RICS


Employment History

1983 – 1989  HM Forces (Army) Regular

Specialist training in logistics and project management

Operational duties with the United Nations 

Leader and team member managing freight and vehicle movement worldwide, overseas service including USA, Canada, Norway and the Oman.  


1989-1993  Stock Controller, Hillsdown Holdings

Stock control and supply chain management

Manage computerised stock control system and train new employees


1993 – 2001  HM Forces (Reserve)

71 Royal Engineer Regiment - plant management and demolitions; transferred to local specialist infantry unit, D Sqn, at Invergowrie in 1997 to provide specialist logistic support and member of the Recruit Training Team until 2001.

Knowledge Exchange

Eddie continues with military links and activities to develop leadership skills for participants of Tayforth Universities Officer Training Corps and the East of Scotland Universities Air Squadron as the Convenor of Tayforth UOTC Military Education Committee.  This includes working with the military to have their leadership training recognised as credit-bearing for student studies.

Eddie works with CIOB and has delivered lectures and workshops on Professional Body Review courses for the Dundee Area in previous years as well as co-ordinating and organising CPD activities for students and industry; Eddie has also contributed to professional development courses and CPD activities for the Institution of Civil Engineers including the regular series of lectures in prepartion for Professional Review.   Whilst Eddie has contributed to national committees such as the CIOB Education and Training committee he is currently active at Scottish Branch and is a past Dundee Centre Chairman.  Other links with industry include acting in a consultancy capacity and Internal Verifier to an educational training company, RT Resources in Ayr, on construction education and training provision.

Eddie has developed the construction management subject area at the University of Abertay Dundee through, for example, implementing innovative educational collaborative arrangements with two local colleges and initiating and implementing a unique international collaboration with the Ecole Supérieure de Conduite de Travaux in Paris for the MSc Construction Management. 

Since entering Higher Education as a lecturer Eddie has achieved a considerable number of appointments in relation to his educational activities with the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) including appointments within SQA as Higher Education representative (Scotland) for the construction subject area.  Other appointments within the SQA related to construction cover validation expert for the Built Environment Higher National Reviews, Unit writer/verifier, External Assessor and Qualification Development Specialist and he has provided advice and guidance to several institutions on the design of courses as well as providing his time as an Approval Committee Chairman. 

Eddie has been appointed as an External Examiner to the University of the Highlands and Islands in the subject areas of sustainable construction, quantity surveying and architectural technology.    

Previous knowledge exchange activities are outlined elswhere, including his role as Editor of Interact.


Education outreach – primary/secondary

Eddie has many links to industry and other organisations to try and encourage and foster a greater interest in the benefits of construction and environment education.

Eddie contributed for many eyars to the Institution of Civil Engineers Pre-19 sub-committee to foster interest by pupils at secondary school in numerate subjects and civil engineering in particular by co-ordinating the activities of E4L and the Rapid Response Engineering Challenge (RREC).  The RREC activity is highly successful and Eddie had more than 20 Abertay student volunteers deployed across Tayside, Perthshire and Fife that would participate by going into Secondary Schools to help deliver this activity.  Secondary school outreach activities vary on an annual basis and form a key part of supporting the future development of construction professionals.

Other activities as a Science and Engineering Ambassador have included acting as a judge in K’Nex competitions in Tayside and part of the core team delivering the Tayside Space School activities from 2006 – 2011.

Eddie has also provided supervision for the Scottish Baccalaureate award and enabled one pupil undertaking the award to engage with active research within an Abertay Centre for the Environment research project.

Eddie is also part of the Abertay team that covers careers evenings at Schools, usually attending Websters or Forfar Academy career evenings when available and has also represented the CIOB at school career events.  Currently Eddie is developing stronger links with the High School of Dundee engineering team.

Other events for secondary school pupils include activities within the E4L annual event in Dundee.

Education outreach – colleges

Eddie is active in working with colleges to encourage stronger links between FE and HE by helping students enter HE courses in construction-related subjects.  Eddie has also assisted colleges and the Scottish Qualification Authority in relation to the design and chaired the validation of its awards from Higher level through to HND.  Eddie’s experience of reviewing college education provision across Scotland as an External Verifier has enabled him to have a deep understanding of the needs of these students and help support the process of transition from FE to HE.  Eddie has networked with every college in Scotland that has a built environment/construction course.

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Dr Andrew Spiers

Dr Andrew Spiers

Division of Engineering and Food Sciences | Reader

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Dr Alberto Fiore

Dr Alberto Fiore

Division of Engineering and Food Sciences | Senior Lecturer

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