Profile image of Professor Colin Turner

Professor Colin Turner

Director of the Centre for Higher Education Research and Practice

Profile image of Professor Colin Turner




Engineering Research


Room 05F06A Belfast BT15 1ED



Professor Colin Turner is Director for the Centre for Higher Education Research and Practice (CHERP).

With an initial background in Pure Mathematics, Colin joined Ulster University in 1998 to take up a post as Lecturer in Mathematics, Computing and Statistics and undertaking Cardio Vascular research with the Royal Victoria Hospital and NIBEC. He was appointed Professor of Engineering Education in 2013, during his term of service as Head of School for the School of Engineering from 2010-2018. From April 2020 to July 2021 Colin served as Interim Dean for Learning Enhancement, working as the institutional strategic lead and Senior Office for Learning and Teaching and playing a lead role in the University’s Learning and Teaching pandemic response.

Colin’s areas of teaching expertise are in Mathematics and Software Development and how these relate to Engineering. He also has interests in the developments of technology to assist Learning and Teaching, for which he has twice been awarded the University’s Distinguished Learning Support Fellowship. He has designed and built software systems to handline online placement management, workload allocation and assessment approval processes, as well as being involved in the design of software systems for curriculum management and approval, KIS (the Key Information Set) and HEAR (Higher Education Achievement Report). Colin’s keen interest in enabling students to lead their own societies and other initiatives led to a UUSU Partnership award in 2018.

Colin has BSc and PhD degrees from Queen’s University Belfast. He is a National Teaching Fellow (NTF), a Fellow of the Institution of Mathematics and its Applications (FIMA), a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (FIET), a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA), and a chartered engineer (CEng). Externally Colin is the Vice-President of the Engineering Professors’ Council, having served as President from 2019-2021, an Advocate providing advice to the Board of ASET, the UK body for placement professionals, where he previously served as a Trustee. He is also the Chair of the IET Engineering Policy Group for Northern Ireland and a member of the advisory group for the All Party Group for Science and Technology at the Northern Ireland Assembly.