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Stewart was awarded his degrees by the University of Manchester, initially studying at UMIST many years before the two institutes merged. After gaining his doctorate, he spent five years as a Research Associate, initially at Keele University and then at Liverpool JMU, before moving to a temporary lectureship to support distance learning developments at the University of Central Lancashire. He was retained on an indefinite contract in his third year, and was subsequently promoted to Senior Lecturer.

After holding a variety of leadership roles, Stewart became Associate Head of Computing, Engineering & Physical Sciences in 2009. Following a reorganisation, he then moved to be Head of Physical Sciences & Computing in 2015. Both Schools comprised approximately 90 staff and 1400 enrolled students. In both roles he focussed on developing staff to ensure student needs were met, from Foundation Entry to Doctoral candidates, while supporting colleagues in their careers. In addition he was instrumental in ensuring both Schools led the University in public engagement, including becoming major contributors to the Lancashire Science Festival.

Alongside this he maintains his research activity, publishing 95 peer-reviewed papers, contributing as member and chair of research council committees and maintaining collaborations across Europe and America. This has been recognised by the award of the title of Reader at both UCLan and USW. Stewart’s focus at USW is on student experience and quality assurance, while he maintains a keen interest in our research activities as well as our engagement with business and the public.


Student Experience
Learning & Teaching
Quality Assurance
Staff Development


See NASA ADS Abstract Services. As of 17th August 2018, 2506 citations, h-index 27.


Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Member of the Institute of Physics


Chair, STFC Oversight Committee for the e-MERLIN/VLBI National Facility
Member, UK Square Kilometre Array Science Committee



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