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Phil Collins is Vice Dean (Education) in the College of Engineering, Design & Physical Sciences and Senior Lecturer in Geology & Geotechnical Engineering.  He completed his doctoral research into the Quaternary geology of the Kennet Valley at the University of Reading in 1994.  He started postdoctoral studies into relative sea level change in the Department of Geography & Earth Sciences at the West London Institute, before becoming a lecturer at Brunel University College in 1995, moving to the Uxbridge Campus 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.  He continues to be an active member of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, as well as contributing to a 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 Civil Engineering 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 Education Strategy Committee
  • College (CEDPS) Management Board
  • College Education Strategy Committee (Chair)
  • College Education Committee
  • Coolege International Committee
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering Board of Studies
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering Student Experience Committee
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering Examination Board

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. and Collins, PEF. (2017) 'Evaluation of frost heave and moisture/chemical migration mechanisms in highway subsoil using a laboratory simulation method'. COLD REGIONS SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, 133. pp. 26 - 35. ISSN: 0165-232X Open Access Link

Journal article

Miller, CS., Leroy, SAG., Collins, PEF. and Lahijani, HAK. (2016) 'Late Holocene vegetation and ocean variability in the Gulf of Oman'. Quaternary Science Reviews. ISSN: 0277-3791 Open Access Link

Journal article

Banks, VJ., Bricker, SH., Royse, KR. and Collins, PEF. (2015) 'Anomalous buried hollows in London: development of a hazard susceptibility map'. QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING GEOLOGY AND HYDROGEOLOGY, 48 (1). pp. 55 - 70. ISSN: 1470-9236 Open Access Link

Journal article

Collins, PEF., Banks, VJ., Royse, KR. and Bricker, SH. (2015) 'Superficial Hollows and Rockhead Anomalies in the London Basin, UK: Origins, Distribution and Risk Implications for Subsurface Infrastructure and Water Resources'.12th International IAEG Congress. Torino, ITALY. 1 - 19 September SPRINGER INT PUBLISHING AG. pp. 663 - 666.

Conference paper

Collins, PEF. (2015) 'Active Tectonic Risk Assessment-Problems with Soil and Soft Sediment Deformation Structures'.12th International IAEG Congress. Torino, ITALY. 1 - 19 September SPRINGER INT PUBLISHING AG. pp. 161 - 165.

Conference paper
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