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Rob Benham

Rob Benham

Programme Group Leader

School of Maritime Science and Engineering

023 8201 3327 ext. 3327 Room no. RM312


Rob joined the team in 2004 as a part-time lecturer. A former student at Solent University (then Southampton Institute) he studied on the mechanical design pathway. He went on to complete his PGCE in post-compulsory education at Oxford Brookes University.   

Rob has worked in calibration engineering and taught at different colleges prior to working at Solent University. He's involved with the laboratory lessons in engineering, materials, mechanics and also tutors maths. "The lab sessions are a good way of seeing how things work in practice; they offer a 'hands-on' approach to learning," he comments. Rob works closely with the technicians to ensure the sessions run smoothly and make them a key part of learning. 

Rob completed his MSc in Science with the Open University and further postgraduate study included forensic engineering, imaging in medicine and developing research skills.

Rob is now programme leader for the engineering courses at Southampton Solent University and also admissions tutor.

When not teaching or studying he likes travelling, visiting must-see archaeological sites and to see films.

Work in progress

Having just revalidated the programme, Rob is keen to explore some more areas of research and has recently acquired new equipment for the department, including software which it is hoped will further enhance both learning and project work for staff and students. Rob has also been involved with local schools and colleges and has participated in a range of STEM events.

Taught courses