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Mrs Petra Gratton

Howell Building 115


Academic Responsibilities

  • Associate Dean for Professional Development and Graduate Outcomes

Academic Career

  • BSc in Building (Engineering and Management) from Brunel University London
  • MBA from University of Surrey
  • Lecturer in engineering business in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Brunel Univeristy London

Industrial Career

Training with North West Thames Regional Health Authority, PSA/Site Control, Cundall, Johnston and Partners, Donald Smith, Seymour and Rooley.

Early career with Cundall, Johnston and Partners, then set up own consultancy business specialising in training and management of computer applications for the design and operation of building engineering services, which lead to managing projects as part of the government’s Energy Efficiency Best Practice programme at the Building Research Establishment, then being Business Support Manager with a UK firm of consulting engineers.

Additionally, over three decades, I have been a volunteer and trustee for UK charities whose objectives are to promote careers in STEM, and I currently chair a small west London housing association.



  • Member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET)
  • Affiliate of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE)
  • Affiliate of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
  • Member of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) (President: 1998 - 1999, trustee: 2017 - 2019)

Newest selected publications

Shittu, E., Stojceska, V., Gratton, P. and Kolokotroni, M. (2020) 'Environmental impact of cool roof paint: case-study of house retrofit in two hot islands'. Energy and Buildings, 217. pp. 1 - 12. ISSN: 0378-7788 Open Access Link

Journal article

Gratton, P. and Gratton, G. (2020) 'Achieving Success with the Engineering Dissertation'. Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature Switzerland. ISSN 10: 3030331911 ISSN 13: 9783030331917 Open Access Link


Gratton, P. and Gratton, G. (2019) 'Benchmarking Engineering Dissertations'.Excellence in Engineering Education for the 21st Century: The Role of Engineering Education Research. University of Warwick. 20 - 17 December. The Proceedings of the 7th Annual Conference of the UK & Ireland Engineering Education Research Network. pp. 442 - 446.Open Access Link

Conference paper
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