Debi Roberts

Interim Head Of Department

Digital, Tech, Innovation & Business

Having worked in Civil Engineering for a time alongside her degree studies, Debi returned to the University as a part time Lecturer in 2008. In 2013, she became a full-time member of staff taking on responsibility for the Automotive courses. She currently coordinates the Engineering projects for the Department.

Professional memberships and activities

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Chartered Engineer
  • Member of the IMechE and IET
  • STEM Ambassador

Academic qualifications

  • 2007 BSc(Hons) Aeronautical Design Technology, Staffordshire University
  • 2009 MSc Automotive Engineering, Staffordshire University
  • 2012 PgCert Higher and Professional Education (PgCHPE), Staffordshire University


Debi has a keen interest in Transport Aerodynamics, Engine Design and Engineering History (specifically transport-linked) especially that of Boulton Paul Aircraft Ltd. She is part of the Boulton Paul Heritage Project and as such was part of the team to be awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2012. The changing landscape of Transport Engineering means she has branched out to investigate the areas of autonomous, connected and future automotive engineering.

Research interests

Debi’s research interests include Automotive and Aeronautical topics, mostly Aerodynamics and Engine related areas branching out into Autonomous and Future Automotive. Alongside this she volunteers as part of the Boulton Paul Heritage Project to preserve their Aviation History and Heritage.


Debi currently leads a series of modules relevant to the areas of Automotive, Motorsport and Aeronautical Aerodynamics, Engine Design and Transportation linked subjects.


External profiles

in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023

for Career Prospects

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Facilities

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021