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Dr Philip Collins
Vice Dean - Education

Howell Building 213


Phil Collins is Vice Dean (Education) in the College of Engineering, Design & Physical Sciences and Reader in Geology & Geotechnical Engineering.  He completed his doctoral research into the Quaternary geology of the Kennet Valley at the University of Reading in 1994 before undertaking postdoctoral studies into relative sea level change in the Department of Geography & Earth Sciences at the West London Institute. Phil became a lecturer at Brunel University College in 1995, moving to the Uxbridge Campus of Brunel University in 1997. 

In 2007, University restructuring saw him join the Department of Mechanical Engineering where he led the establishment of the new Civil Engineering degree programme.  In 2009, he was appointed Acting Head of the newly formed Civil Engineering Subject Area, became Associate Dean in the new College in 2014 and Vice Dean in 2017.  He continues to be an active member of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, as well as contributing to a wide range of College and University activities.

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Social Media

 Twitter: @PhilCollins_UK



Industrial liaison

From the start of Civil Engineering in 2007, I have actively worked to develop numerous excellent contacts in the  Engineering and wider industrial sector. The current input our courses receive from practising engineers is significant and brings a very applied perspective to what we deliver.


I have been heavily involved in the accreditation process since the start of the Civil Engineering courses in 2007, and have been lead author on a number of accreditation reports submitted to the Joint Board of Moderators.


I sit on a range of committees and panels including:

  • Senate, Brunel University London
  • University Strategic Approval Scutiny Panel
  • College (CEDPS) Management Board
  • College Education Strategy Committee (Chair)
  • College Education Committee
  • College International StrategyCommittee

Professional affiliations

  • Geological Society of London - Fellow
  • Royal Geographical Society – Fellow
  • Institution of Civil Engineers – Graduate Member
  • British Geotechnical Association - Member
  • Geologists’ Association – Member
  • Quaternary Research Association – Member
  • British Society for Geomorphology - Member

Newest selected publications

Sarsembayeva, A., Collins, P., Saginov, Z. and Mussakhanova, S. (Accepted) 'The impact of the temperature and humidity state of the road on heat and mass transfer in winter'. Technobius, 2 (4). pp. 0029 - 0029.

Journal article

Sarsembayeva, A., Zhussupbekov, A. and Collins, PEF. (2022) 'Heat and Mass Transfer by Vapour in Freezing Soils'. Energies, 15 (4). pp. 1 - 16.Open Access Link

Journal article

Sasembayeva, A., Zhussupbekov, A. and Collins, P. (2022) 'Heat and Mass Transfer in the Freezing Soils', in Zhu, H-H., Garg, A. and Zhussupbekov, A. (eds.) Advances in Geoengineering along the Belt and Road. BRWSG 2021. Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering. Singapore : Springer. , 230. pp. 12 - 32. ISBN 13: 978-981-16-9963-4.

Book chapter

Alisawi, A., Collins, P. and Cashell, K. (2021) 'Nonlinear Analysis of a Steel Frame Structure Exposed to Post-Earthquake Fire'. Fire, 4 (4). pp. 1 - 23. ISSN: 2571-6255 Open Access Link

Journal article

Alisawi, AT., Collins, PEF. and Cashell, KA. (2021) 'Nonlinear numerical simulation of physical shaking table test, using three different soil constitutive models'. Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, 143 (April 2021). pp. 1 - 20. ISSN: 0267-7261 Open Access Link

Journal article
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