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Tom Page

Associate Professor

School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment

Staff Group(s)
Product Design


Tom engages in and publishes significant research recognised nationally and internationally and regularly disseminates the outcomes of his research.

Tom undertakes research and teaching activity which enhances his external esteem on a national, and international basis, such as:

  • research collaborations with external bodies;
  • peer review activities;
  • advising and providing expert opinion;
  • contributing to conferences in his area;
  • holding visiting professorships and scholarships;
  • working for research councils and other funders of research.

Tom undertakes academic and research activity which creates impact within the university and the external community.

Tom has established and maintains effective working relationships with other academic institutions (UEL, Loughborough, Brunel, Hertfordshire, Coventry, Iceland, Leicester and Birmingham), professional bodies (IET, IEEE and HEA) and industrial organisations.

Tom leads on activity which builds academic and research capacity, e.g.:

  • coordinating specific projects;
  • achieving demonstrable enhancements in teaching as a result of mentoring junior colleagues within the field of expertise;
  • leading teams and internal networks.

Tom secures research income as a PI or Co-I and attracts external funding for research staff and students.  He procures grant and contract funding for any other research, consultancy and external collaboration projects and manages and executes such projects.

Tom leads and supports:

  • development of research;
  • entrepreneurial and commercial activity;
  • planning and development of research income generation activities.

Tom contributes to the development and implementation of the research strategy within the School through co-ordinating research and contributing significantly to research committees.

Tom attracts, recruits and supervises postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers.

Tom develops and delivers research informed teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels utilising appropriate teaching, learning, support and assessment methods and the provision of pastoral care.

Tom contributes significantly to the development of the curriculum based on pedagogic research, and professional expertise.

Tom provides academic leadership and first line management for designated lecturers/senior lecturers and any other staff including induction; mentoring; probation; and teaching observation and appraisals.

Tom plays a supportive role to the Head of Department in staff development, performance management and any other people management matters.

Tom undertakes academic management duties providing support for colleagues as appropriate.  Such duties include: recruitment and selection; involvement in management processes and training; admissions; workload planning; timetabling and efficient resource utilisation.

Tom participates in meetings with the Head of Department and other senior staff and chairs these meetings as required.  He attends other relevant meetings as necessary, for example, chairing and participating in institutional committees which include staff at a more senior level.

Career overview

Tom’s background is in avionics, he was a Design Engineer at Ferranti Defence Systems in Edinburgh from 1982 to 1990.  Here, he worked on prime contracts on behalf of McDonnel Douglas, Northrop Grumman, British Aerospace and General Dynamics.  During this time, he was sponsored through his first degree in Engineering at Edinburgh Napier University by the Scottish Engineering Training Scheme (SETS).

From 1990 to 1992, Tom worked as a SERC funded (formerly EPSRC) Research Assistant at the Engineering Design Research Centre (EDRC) at the University of Glasgow. Here, he attained an MPhil for an investigation that involved case-based research in Engineering Design Methodology.

From 1992 to 2003, Tom was a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer Computer-Aided Engineering at the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield.  He became Chartered Engineer (CEng) with the Engineering Council and Full-Member of the Institution on Engineering and Technology (MIET) in 1995.  In addition, he became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) in 2001.  Further to this, he completed his PhD (part-time) in design for assembly of surface mount electronic circuits in 2002.  In this research, he developed and evaluated a decision support analytical model for designing electronic circuits for ultra-fine-pitch device assembly.

From 2003 to 2017, Tom was a Senior Lecturer at Loughborough University, he taught and undertook research in electronic product design, virtual prototyping, design education, design and manufacturing technology and physical computing.  He became Full-Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (MIEEE) in 2004.  In December 2017, Tom became Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).  This acknowledged Tom’s sustained and effective leadership in teaching and his work in research informed teaching through Problem-Based Learning (PBL) and exploring the relationship between design and technology in education.

He has secured funding for his research and enterprise activities and his research has been widely published in the form of journal papers, book contributions, refereed proceedings, refereed conference papers and technical papers.  He has supervised research students, examined PhDs and MPhils and has acted on the reviewing panel of a number of key journals and conferences.  Tom has acted as external examiner and validator on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the UK and on behalf of UK universities abroad in Malaysia and Trinidad.  He has successfully organised and co-ordinated all design and prototyping activities required for the annual Engineering Education Scheme (EES) workshop and worked as outreach and widening participation coordinator for Loughborough Design School.

Research areas

Tom has an international reputation as a leading figure within the fields of Design Education, Physical Computing and Electronic Product Design.  With over twenty five years’ experience in research, his work has been consistently cited and returned at REF 3* and 4*quality based on his research outputs of international excellence in terms of originality, significance and rigour.

Tom’s research findings have made significant contributions and impact on the wider context of the disciplines in which he works and are frequently referenced by others.  He has demonstrated research leadership as Principal-Investigator and as Co-Investigator on a number of high-value research and enterprise projects totalling over £1.1M.

Tom has supervised ten postgraduate research students to PhD, and continues to build upon his research areas by continually seeking research students and post-doctoral researchers to undertake quality research in design education, physical computing and electronic product design.

Tom has examined research degrees in design and engineering at Brunel University, Queen Mary University of London, Birmingham University, the University of Hertfordshire, University of Strathclyde and the University of East London.  He has served as external overseas examiner for PhD candidates at NITT Trichy, Anna University, NITT Rourkela, Annamalai University and Vels University, India.

Tom has a number of indicators of international esteem, as below:

  • Invited   webinar to the TRIPLL (Translational Research Institute on Pain in Later   Life) Webinar Series: Mobile Health, Pain & Aging at Weill Cornell   Medical College, Cornell University, NY, USA, 23rd May, 2016.
  • Invited keynote address at the   Creativity in Design Education parallel session at Korea Digital Design   Council (KODDCO) 2014 Conference, Design for Social Change: Hanyang University   ERICA Campus, Ansan, Korea, September 2015.
  • Invited case-study contribution to   Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) publications in 2015 that considered   technological optimisation in the design of fluid-filled components for   automotive applications.
  • Winner   of the best paper prize at the Fourth International Conference on Web-based   Education, Grindelwald, Switzerland February 2005.  This paper reported on a collaborative   pedagogical research project and considered open and distance learning using a virtual reality conference suite in technology education.
  • Visiting   Professor at the Centre of Media Pedagogy, University of Lapland, Rovaniemi,   Finland.
  • Visiting Professor of Design at the University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland.
  • Conference organiser of Electronics and Interaction Design Conference 2012 at Loughborough University.

Tom regularly review journals submissions for the Journal of Composite Materials, Journal of Design Research, Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management, Journal of Production Research.

External activity

As theme leader in Design Education Research, Tom has been active in organising and teaching annual summer schools in Problem-Based Learning with colleagues at the University of Leicester.  These events were initially funded by the HEA subject centre for Physics and brought together interdisciplinary sciences, engineering and design.  Here, he devised problem statements for delegates, university teaching staff new to PBL from around the world, and facilitate exercises in formulating and externalising problems.  As a result of this work, he led the delivery of classes to lecturers, technical instructors and science laboratory tutors at the Universities of Iceland, Limerick, Tampere (Finland) and Lapland.

In regard to systems approaches to electronics development and teaching, Tom led the Design & Technology Teachers Summer School in July 2015 where we ran a number of parallel training sessions in designing with microcontrollers.  One hundred and sixty teachers attended from across the country, and from as far as Hong Kong.  The event was very well received by all those involved including staff from the D&T Association and university staff.  The impact of this emphasises the application of the systems approach to technology education across the national curriculum in Design & Technology.

Tom has developed and led in the design of the curriculum and of innovative programmes in conjunction with industry.  Applying innovative teaching techniques which create interest, understanding and enthusiasm amongst students mainly through the Integrated Graduate Development Studies (IGDS) programme of study with Ford Design and Research Centre Dunton.

For 15 years, Tom organised, coordinated, led, and managed all design and prototyping activities underpinning the annual three day residential Engineering Education Scheme (EES) workshop.  This has demonstrated its impact and effectiveness in enhancing the learning experience of many thousands of students and of making a real and positive difference to the staff that support it.  Bringing together the pedagogy of engineering; strong links with industry and employers; a wealth of connections and know-how, built up over the years.

In addition, as a subject specialist Tom has been external examiner and member of validation panels (undergraduate and postgraduate) at the Universities of Birmingham, East London, Middlesex, Sheffield Hallam, Queen Mary & Westfield, Strathclyde, Brunel and Coventry. These roles have developed on his awareness and that of others of quality assurance and enhancement, internationalisation, widening participation, student support and guidance.

Tom maintains and supports continuing professional development activities with IET, IEEE, HEA and the Engineering Council.

Sponsors and collaborators

  • Sports Performance Data & Fan Engagement Summit 2017 in London based on research in performance sports and wearable technology.
  • SwiftKey, on research in ergonomics of text input on smartphones.
  • H-Star, Human-Sciences and Technologies Advanced Research Institute at Stanford University on Pedagogical models in technology mediated learning.
  • Research investigation into causes of poor yield in printed circuit board fabrication at Stevenage Circuits.
  • Research investigation into management of activities in the new product development process at Smiths Detection Systems, Watford.
  • Flight crew training Engineering Doctorate Project with BAE Systems Wharton.
  • Design of portal-framed steel clad buildings for Headen Buildings, Potters Bar.
  • Redesign of inverter-transformer equipment for Action Tools, London.
  • Design of cable forming tools at BICC, Hemel Hempstead.
  • Implementing CFD analysis in Ansys for polymer design at Dupont, Hemel Hempstead.
  • Automation of sheet-metal bend radii routines in AutoCAD macros for Bartlett Ltd, Hemel Hempstead.
  • Re-design of force measurement and test equipment at MacMesin Ltd, Hampshire.
  • Review of existing production forecasting techniques at Desoutter Ltd. London.
  • Review of the technology management process at Caradon-MK Electric Ltd., Basildon.
  • Work-Flow analysis at Amberley Adhesives Ltd., Southampton.
  • Development of a value engineering recording system at GEC Marconi, Stanmore.
  • Implementation of cellular manufacturing at Senior Flexonics Ltd, Waltham Cross.
  • Implementation of user-data network file management system at Apple Computers Ltd., Uxbridge.
  • CNC Part-programming using CAMTEK PEPS for Yewlands Engineering, Hainault.
  • Design and manufacture of electrical generating plant and equipment at John Brown Engineering Ltd, Glasgow.
  • Design of Pump filters at Edward's High Vacuum, West Sussex.
  • Applying CAD (3D Solid Modelling) in vehicle styling at Ford Research & Engineering, Dunton.
  • Design of electrical transformers at NEI Peebles, Edinburgh.
  • Development of industrial security systems at Racal Guardal (Scotland) Ltd, Edinburgh.
  • Design for Assembly of electro-optic systems at Barr & Stroud Ltd, Glasgow.
  • Development of Infra-Red technology at Hughes Microelectronics Europa Ltd, Glenrothes, Fife.
  • Design and installation of hydraulic equipment at MacTaggart Scott & Co Ltd, Loanhead, Edinburgh.
  • Configuration management and control of development projects at Hunting Engineering Ltd, Ampthill.
  • Software design NCR (Engineering and Manufacturing) Ltd, Dundee.
  • Mechanism design for domestic and industrial security systems at Yale Stronghold Ltd, Walsall.
  • Design of aircraft actuation equipment at Lucas Aerospace (Actuation), Wolverhampton.
  • Development of radiation monitoring instrumentation at NET Ltd, Aldermaston.
  • Design of desalination treatment plant at Weir Westgarth Ltd, Glasgow.
  • Manufacture of telecommunications equipment at STC Europe, Harlow.


Page, T (2013) Usability of text input interfaces in smartphones, Journal of Design Research, 11(1), pp.39-56, ISSN: 1748-3050. DOI: 10.1504/JDR.2013.054065.

Karthikeyan, S, Asokan, P, Nickolas, S, Page, T (2012) Solving flexible job-shop scheduling problem using hybrid particle swarm optimisation algorithm and data mining, International Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management, 26(1-4), pp.81-103, ISSN: 1368-2148. DOI: 10.1504/IJMTM.2012.051445.

Suresh, S, Chandrasekar, M, Selvakumar, P, Page, T (2012) Experimental studies on heat transfer and friction factor characteristics of Al 2O 3/water nanofluid under laminar flow with spiralled rod inserts, International Journal of Nanoparticles, 5(1), pp.37-55, ISSN: 1753-2507. DOI: 10.1504/12.44496.

Padmanabhan, S, Srinivasa Raman, V, Asokan, P, Arunachalam, S, Page, T (2011) Design optimisation of bevel gear pair, International Journal of Design Engineering, 4(4), pp.364-p393, ISSN: 1751-5874. DOI: 10.1504/IJDE.2011.048133.

Pikka, V, Iskanius, P, Page, T (2011) The Business Enabling Network - a tool for Regional Development, International Journal of Innovation and Regional Development, 3(3/4), pp.324-344, ISSN: 1753-0660. DOI: 10.1504/IJIRD.2011.040529.

Sambath, S, Nagaraj, P, Selvakumar, N, Arunachalam, S, Page, T (2010) Automatic detection of defects in ultrasonic testing using artificial neural network, International Journal of Microstructure and Materials Properties (IJMMP), 5(6), pp.561-574, ISSN: 1741-8410. DOI: 10.1504/IJMMP.2010.038155.

Rajkumar, M, Asokan, P, Page, T, Arunachalam, S (2010) A GRASP Algorithm for the Integration of Process Planning and Scheduling in a Flexible Job-Shop., International Journal of Manufacturing Research, 5(2), pp.230-251, ISSN: 1750-0591. DOI: 10.1504/IJMR.2010.031633.

Page, T (2009) Feature Creep and Usability in Consumer Electronic Product Design, International Journal of Product Development, 9(4), pp.406-428, ISSN: 1477-9056. DOI: 10.1504/IJPD.2009.027474.

Ramesh, R., Jerald, J., Page, T. and Arunachalam, S. (2009) Concurrent Tolerance Allocation Using an Artificial Neural Network and Continuous Ant Colony Optimisation”. International Journal of Design Engineering, 2(1), September 2009, pp 1-25, ISBN 1751-5874.

Asokan, P., Jerald, J., Arunachalam, S. and Page, T. (2008) Application of Adaptive Genetic Algorithm and Particle Swarm Optimisation in Scheduling of Jobs and AS/RS in FMS'', International Journal of Manufacturing Research, 3(4), pp. 393-405, ISSN 1750-0591.

Thorsteinsson, G., Page, T. and Lehtonen, M. (2007) Pedagogical Dimensions of Technology Education. Magyar Pedagógia. Journal of the Educational Committee of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. 107(2), pp. 95-109.

Ye, J., Campbell, R.I., Page, T. and Badni, K.S. (2006) An Investigation into the Implementation of Virtual Reality Technologies In Support of Conceptual Design'', Design Studies, 27(1), pp. 77-97, ISSN 0142-694X.

Baguley, P., Page, T., Koliza, V. and Maropoulos, P. (2006) Time to market prediction using type-2 fuzzy sets'', Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, 17(4), pp. 513-520, ISBN 1-84544-996-7.

Lehtonen, M, Thorsteinsson, G, Page, T, Ruokamo, H (2005) A Virtual Learning Environment for the Support of Learning in Technology Education, Advanced Technology for Learning, 2(3), pp.129-139, ISSN: 1710-2251. DOI: 10.2316/Journal.208.2005.3.208-0853.

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Press expertise

Electronic Product Design

Machine Design

User Experience and Interaction (UX) Design

Physical Computing

Design for Manufacturing/Assembly

Optimisation in Design and Engineering

Technology Mediated Learning

Problem-Based Learning (PBL)

Design Education Research

Design Methods

Physical & Virtual Prototyping

Virtual Reality Learning Environments

Engineering Design