Professor Michael Huxley
Academic and research departmentsDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Mike Huxley was educated at Manchester Grammar School, The Crypt School, Gloucester, University of Bristol, University of Surrey. He graduated from Surrey with a first class honours in Civil Engineering.
From 1965 to 1973 he was employed in the Earthworks and Foundations section of the Road Research Laboratory (subsequently Transport and Road Research Laboratory, now Transport Research Laboratory). In 1973, he moved to the University of Surrey, carrying out research on the engineering properties of the Chalk Marl, through which the Channel Tunnel passes. His career at the University has progressed as follows:
- Experimental Officer (1973)
- Lecturer in Civil Engineering (1975)
- Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering (1991)
- University Director (1998)
- Professor (2006)
Since his original appointment as a lecturer, Mike's teaching interests diversified to include:
- Soil Mechanics
- Communication Skills
- Leadership and Teamwork
- Presentation Skills
- Negotiation Skills
- History of Civil Engineering
He contributed regularly to the University's staff development programme, running courses on:
- Teaching and Learning generally
- Effective Presentation Skills
He has also organised and delivered more than 70 short courses for engineers in the civil engineering profession and at other universities, particularly in the area of personal transferable skills.
He was highly commended in the Partnership Awards (Taylor Woodrow Prize) in 1990 and was awarded the University of Surrey Teaching and Learning Prize in 1994. He was contracted part-time to the Higher Education Funding Council for England between 1996 and 1998 as a subject-specialist assessor for Civil Engineering. During his career at Surrey, Mike Huxley fulfilled many administrative roles, including:
- Director of Undergraduate Studies for Civil Engineering
- Director of Teaching: School of Engineering in the Environment
- Deputy Dean of Engineering
- Member of Senate
- Chair of the Standing Committee on the Careers Service
At national level, he was a committee member of the Engineering Professors’ Council from 2002 to 2004, and again from 2005 to 2007. Since retiring from full-time employment at the University, Mike has maintained his academic interests, giving occasional lectures at the University, running short courses, and acting as an External Examiner. He has also found a little more time to spare for extra-curricular activities such as croquet (representing Middlesex in the Inter-Counties Championships), geocaching, and travel.