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Professor Paul Shepherd Elected by Senate from its members

Will undertake the responsibilities of members of governing bodies as set out in the CUC Guide for Members of Higher Education Governing Bodies in the UK.


Professor Paul Shepherd was elected by Senate to the Council of the University of Bath from 1 August 2022 for a period of three years.


Paul is a Chartered Mathematician, Scientist and Engineer, with over 20 years’ experience in the Construction Industry. After gaining a degree in Mathematics and a PhD in Structural Fire Engineering, Paul worked for international Engineering consultancy BuroHappold, where he set-up and led their Complex Geometry and Analysis group, developing bespoke computer software to overcome the challenges posed by working with high-profile architects and clients on some iconic buildings.

He moved back into Academia in 2007, and is currently Professor in Computational Design in the Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering at the University of Bath. His research integrates a wide range of multi-disciplinary fields and is always carried out in close collaboration with industry. The common aim of his research team is to combine design optimisation with automated manufacturing to drastically reduce the carbon footprint of our built environment.

Paul has long been a passionate advocate for Public Engagement in Research, in which context he regularly presents to audiences of up to 1,000 school pupils at a time, to share insights into how Maths is used by Engineers to solve real world challenges.

Register of Interests

Read the 2023/24 Register of Interests for Paul Shepherd and other members of Council