Alison Hodge

Alison Hodge, MBE


Personal profile


My initial activity at Aston University was to develop a new high level masters programme. This new qualification aims to transform experienced managers in engineering into influential and respected leaders with the personal and technical expertise to address global business challenges, with integrity, in a resource limited world. More broadly, I am considering the development of engineering leadership with employers of engineers and users of our science and engineering knowledge.

Before joining Aston University, my career included pioneering research, management of applied research in the  physical sciences and senior company strategic leadership roles. I managed projects and  led departments of up to 230 staff through significant change programmes. My work was in collaboration with a wide range of government organisations and companies, as well as academic and professional institutions.


  • Programme Developer, Aston University, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Birmingham
  • University Partnerships Director, QinetiQ
  • Head of External Liaison, Sensors & Electronics Division, QinetiQ
  • Head of Radar Department, QinetiQ
  • Department Head in a series of departments, Ministry of Defence, Defence Evaluation and Research Agency, Malvern
  • Research Scientist, Team Leader, Resource Manager, Project Manager, Ministry of Defence, Royal Signals and Radar Establishment and Defence Research Agency
  • Attachée de Recherche, Centre de Recherches sur les Macromolécules,  CNRS, Strasbourg, France
  • Post-doctoral Research Assistant, University of Reading, Physics Department


  • PhD Physics University of Reading
  • BSc (Hons) Physics with Subsidiary Mathematics, University of Reading
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice in Higher Education, Aston University

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Fellow of the Institute of Physics
  • Chartered Physicist
  • Fellow of The Institution of Engineering and Technology
  • Chartered Engineer
  • Eur Ing Registration
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Fellow of Women's Engineering Society


External responsibilities have included:

  • University of Reading – Member of Council
  • University of Bristol – Systems Centre Advisory Panel Member
  • Manchester Metropolitan University, Electronic Engineering Department – External Advisor
  • HEFCE REF 2014 Panel member B13, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, metallurgy and materials
  • HEFCE Strategic Advisory Group member
  • EPSRC Peer Review College Member
  • EPSRC - User Panel Interim Chairman and Council Member
  • Institution of Engineering and Technology - Council Member
  • Institute of Physics - Council Member
  • STEM Ambassador
  • External Examiner in  Physics, Aberystwyth University
  • External Advisory Panel Member, Institute of Mathematics and Physics
  • CBI ICARG (Inter-Company Academic Relations Group) - Chairman


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