Professor Kel Fidler

Former Vice-Chancellor of Northumbria University


Professor Kel Fidler is an academic engineer. He graduated with a BSc from King’s College, Durham University, and a PhD from Newcastle University, both in Electrical Engineering. Since then he worked as a Senior Research Associate at Newcastle, Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader and Chairman of the Department of Electrical Engineering Science at Essex University, Professor and Head of the Electronics Discipline at the Open University, Professor and Head of the Department of Electronics and also Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of York, and Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Northumbria University. He is currently Non-Executive Director of RDI Ltd, a for-profit Higher Education provider.

In something of a parallel existence, Kel has also worked extensively with the Engineering Profession. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Engineering & Technology; a Chartered Engineer registered with the Engineering Council; and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He has Honorary Degrees recognising his work with the Engineering Profession from The University of Huddersfield, the University of York, and Northumbria University. He has served on numerous bodies involved with engineering. In particular until recently he was Chairman of the Engineering Council, the national body that regulates the engineering profession and sets and applies the standards required for recognition as a professional engineer.

Professor Fidler considers himself to be a passionate Teacher, Researcher, and Engineer and greatly enjoys spreading the word!

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