Dr Imran Patel

Director of Admissions and Outreach


School/Department: Engineering School of

Telephone: +44 (0)116 223 1761



Currently, as a Dean of Internationalisation (DoI), I lead the development and delivery of the College of Science and Engineering, which encompasses several Schools in Global Recruitment and Partnerships Strategy, with particular focus on promotion of international student recruitment, effective research collaborations, external partnership development and global reputation.  I am also the Director of Admissions and Outreach (DAO) and the Director of Programmes (DP) for the School of Engineering.  To lead and manage an efficient and effective admissions operation and service for the University to include home and international admissions at all levels and subjects.  Working closely with senior Managements to design and implement strategies, plans, processes and systems that will ensure provision of an outstanding service to all applicants and academic departments.  I am also responsible for developing new programmes to remain competitive and diversify student’s recruitment market.  As a DP, I am responsible for the academic quality, integrity, curriculum planning, validation and accreditation of the programmes, as well as teaching and supervision duties.  Shortly after joining The University of Leicester, I introduced measured which resulted in significant increase in student numbers, yearly revenue generation from £2m to over £6m. 

I also have over 8 years of Industrial experience as a dedicated and result driven middle manager with a highly successful background in the achievement of profitable business growth through substantial operational, commercial and technical experience within Automotive and white goods industry.  Demonstrated considerable expertise in continuous improvement, cost and waste reduction as well as in all facets of operational and logistics management including market research, R&D, new product launch and design change within the remit of quality system.  Enjoys being part of, as well as managing, motivating and training, a successful and productive team, and thrives in highly pressurised and challenging working environments


I have successfully completed my PhD in the remit of Smart Materials with emphasis on Piezoelectric materials for energy harvesting.  My work also developed close collaboration with International partners to produce and commercialise 3D smart fabric that enables generating, storing and efficiently utilising energy for powering electronic devices.


Over the years, I have supervised numerous Postgraduate students both here in the U.K. and abroad.  I have had the pleasure also to supervisor both PhD and MPhil students.  My expertise of supervision is mainly within the Smart Materials, Energy Harvesting and Automotive and Business Management disciplines drawn from my Industrial experience as well as from being a CEO of couple of businesses.


EG7321 Engineering Business Management

EG7302 Engineering Management, Final Year Projects

EG3008 Engineering Management

EG2006 Integrated Engineering Design (DLI)



As a Director of Admissions and Outreach, I organise and manage the Offer Holder and Open Days on Campus to ensure that the students and guests are completely satisfied with the events.  I also work with regional Colleges to establish ways in which to make the students transition as smooth as possible from FE to HE sector.


Conference CHAIR and Invited Speaker

2017: Chair of organising committee - MRE and Nanomaterials Symposia, UK.

2015: Chair of organising committee - Materials and Renewable Energy Conference, Hong Kong.

2014: Chair of organising committee - Materials and Renewable Energy Conference, Greece.

2013: Secretariat of Advance Technical Textile Conference, Turkey.

2012: Organising Committee - Nanosmat Materials, Czech Republic.

2012: Organising Committee - Nanosmat Materials, France.

2011: NanoMedicine, University College London, UK.

2010: Materials and Processing Application, Portugal.

2009: Research and Innovation Conference, Macron Stadium Bolton, UK.

2008: Research and Innovation Forum, The last drop village hotel, UK.

2007: Nanosmat International Conference, Algarve, Portugal.

2006: Research and Innovation Conference, The University of Bolton, UK.


PhD Piezoelectric smart materials for energy harvesting,

BEng (Hons) Mechanical Design, Materials and Manufacturing,

CEng MIMechE,




  • Continuous Professional Academic Development (CPAD).
  • Certified TS 16949 and ISO 9001:2000 internal lead Auditor.
  • Presentation skills and team Building skills.
  • Equality and Diversity.
  • Information Security awareness.
  • Fraud Awareness.
  • Safeguarding Awareness.
  • Challenging Unconscious Bias.
  • Management of Change.
  • Principle of Project Control.
  • Production and Operational Finance.
  • And several Product, Technical, Manufacturing and Production courses.
  • Proficiency in all MS Office packages, Auto-Cad and modeling software.
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