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Phil Sargent

Phil Sargent

Principal Lecturer

School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment

Staff Group(s)
Civil Engineering


Senior Lecturer in Engineering Surveying

Phil Sargent lectures in engineering surveying on the BEng (Hons) and BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering courses, and is also Placements Tutor for both courses, supervising the students' year-long placement (supervised work experience) in Year Three.

Career overview

Having studied civil and structural engineering at first degree level, Phil Sargent chose to focus on land surveying, the part of his studies that interested him most.

He worked throughout Britain and the Middle East as a land surveyor, gaining chartered status, and gradually moving back into civil engineering as an engineering surveyor. He was Chief Engineering Surveyor on major construction projects in Oman, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait before returning to Britain to work on Canary Wharf and the Channel Tunnel Folkestone Terminal.

During his time on site, Phil taught many local surveyors, and developed and ran training courses in surveying for site engineers. That led him into a change of career, and he joined Nottingham Trent University (Nottingham Polytechnic as it then was) in January 1991.

Since then he has acted as Personal Tutor, Year Tutor, Course Leader, and as a member of the programme teams for engineering surveying and civil engineering, involved with course design, development and quality assurance. As well as lecturing on assorted programmes, he has been involved in many projects including:

  • research into ground deformation of Mount Etna using GPS
  • marketing and web design/web site management
  • supervision and mentoring of former students through their professional training
  • public speaking to promote the surveying profession through the Mount Etna research
  • training in surveying of Police officers working in Collision Investigation Units.

However, Phil's primary focus has always been, and continues to be, assisting his students in their academic and personal development to help them achieve their full potential, and the provision of pastoral care to his students, especially in times of need.

Research areas

Phil Sargent has a general interest in research into any aspect of engineering surveying, be it to do with equipment, techniques, applications or personnel. He is particularly interested in matters connected with emerging technologies, control and setting-out of construction works, and deformation monitoring (of structures, engineering works, volcanoes etc).

Phil has also previously run a highly successful EPSRC - funded Teaching Company Scheme with a land surveying company. He has an interest in development of a personal navigation device, in which area he has previously supervised a research student to a successful MPhil.

Phil would be happy to supervise research in any area of the above, or to run/be involved with a Knowledge Transfer Partnership.

He us intermittently involved in monitoring of long-term deformation of an active volcano (Mount Etna) by GPS (collaborative project with Open University).

External activity

  • Examiner to The City and Guilds of London Institute, as moderator for the Engineering Council exams in Engineering Surveying, May 2007 – present.
  • Run occasional training courses in 'Surveying for Police Collision Investigation Units'.
  • Member of Scientific Exploration Society’s Ecuador Cofanes Expedition 2008, as member of both engineering and mapping teams (30 July - 20 August 2008).

Sponsors and collaborators

Mount Etna research trips (with OU as lead investigator) have been variously funded through the years by EU, EC Environment Programme, Leverhulme Trust, NATO, NERC, EPSRC.

Previous Teaching Company Scheme funded by EPSRC.