David Philpott

Mr. David Philpott

Senior Lecturer (Track Engineering)


I have a lifetime of experience in Railway Infrastructure Engineering, primarily Track and Civil Engineering but with knowledge of all other disciplines, inter-disciplinary matters and Systems engineering. I have gained this from experience at all levels in the Industry from Student Engineer to Engineering Director. This has covered all aspects of design, maintenance, renewals and projects in the Nationalised industry, Infrastructure Manager (Client) and Contractor organisations for Track and Civils. It has also been integral to vehicle/ structure gauging and wheel rail interface/ track platform interface. I have been a guest lecturer at SHU from around 2002, becoming an Associate Lecturer about 7 years ago. I was appointed to permanent staff as a Senior Lecturer in Track Engineering on the 1st February 2017.


I undertake all the Track Engineering lectures and associated activities and have some input to H&S teaching as far as the track interface goes.

I am module leader for rail Specific Engineering (HNC and Fd Eng)

I am a Chartered Civil Engineer and member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a Fellow of the Permanent Way Institution and hold a Diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors.

I am interested in all things relevant to Rail Infrastructure Engineering, particularly Track. I particularly want to share with young engineers my expertise and knowledge

Specialist areas of interest:

  • Track Engineering, particularly new techniques, methods, equipment and people! 
  • Networking and technical conferences


Department of Engineering and Mathematics

College of Business, Technology and Engineering

Module Leader and tutor for Rail Specific Engineering (L4)

Tutor for:
Track Engineering (L5)
Track Engineering Practice (L5)
Track Engineering Standards (L5)
Track Engineering Standards Practice (L5)
Track Engineering Analysis (L6)
Engineering Technical Project (L6)

Other activities

Client liaison 

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