Sustainability database


Mrs Helen Dobson


One of the University's growing number of Sustainability Enthusiasts. Find out more about the initiative here.

Mrs Helen E. Dobson is a graduate Chemical and Environmental Engineer. She joined academia in 2000 from the petrochemicals industry, where her responsibilities included ensuring environmental regulatory compliance and developing site improvement projects. She was also concerned with health and safety (risk management) and she spent her first two years in industry working in investment planning. Employed by UMIST and then Manchester University in a teaching focused-role, Helen has focused in her pedagogic research on engaging engineering students in experiential and practice-learning, using approaches such as problem based learning and reflective practice to encourage deep-learning and enhance key employability skills.

More recently, Helen has gained experience in using e-learning tools to enhance interactive learning and access to rich media. Throughout her career, Helen has been involved in educating interdisciplinary cohorts of students at all levels in environmental management and technology and sustainable development. Over the last 14 years, Helen has been employed by the School of Chemical Engineering, The EPS Faculty Teaching Support and Development Team and then the Enterprise Centre in Manchester Business School. Since November 2013, Helen has been part of the "Management of Projects" Group in the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering (MACE) and she also contributes to several sustainability committees and initiatives for the University as a whole.

Sustainability enthusiast?: 
Interdisciplinary themes: 



Sustainable Development For EEE

Environmental sustainability, social responsibility, ethical practice and their implications for business, society and the environment.


Interdisciplinary Sustainable Development

Identifying and balancing social, environmental, economic and ethical considerations; engaging with stakeholders, managing conflicting interests; predicting short and long term consequences, taking a “whole lifecycle” perspective


Manchester Enterprise Centre

Based within Manchester Business School, we are recognised as a leader in enterprise education and aim to inspire, educate and develop enterprising individuals and enable them to positively impact the growth of dynamic organisations.

Enterprise is a key part of the University’s vision to be, ‘an innovative institution that values and encourages the transfer of knowledge and technology to influence and advance economic development regionally, nationally and internationally.’

Business, Economy, Employability