After working in Television Broadcast Engineering for ten years, I returned to academia and graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 1994 with a BSc (Hons) Environmental Management.
I did my Masters in Environmental Water Pollution Control at the University of Sheffield and joined the Water Research Group there, in the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, as a Research Associate. I worked on an EPSRC funded project looking at the transport of sediments in Urban Drainage Systems and my doctoral thesis was entitled 'The Erosion and Transport of Sewer Sediment Mixtures.'
I started work at Sheffield Hallam University in 2001 as a Lecturer, initially in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Group. I was Course Leader for the Environmental Management degree. I became a Principal Lecturer and Divisional Quality Coordinator in 2007.
Currently my main area of teaching is surveying and I deliver modules in Land and Site Surveying. I am also module leader for one of our undergraduate dissertation modules.
Rushforth, P.J., Tait, S.J., & Saul, A.J. (2003). Use of a full-scale test facility to examine sewer sediment mobility. Water and environment journal, 17 (1), 40-44. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1747-6593.2003.tb00429.x
Rushforth, P.J., Tait, S.J., & Saul, A.J. (2003). Modelling the erosion of mixtures of organic and granular in-sewer sediments. Journal of hydraulic engineering, 129 (4), 308-315. http://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)0733-9429(2003)129:4(308)
Saul, A.J., Skipworth, P.J., Tait, S.J., & Rushforth, P.J. (2003). Movement of total suspended solids in combined sewers. Journal of hydraulic engineering, 129 (4), 298-307. http://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)0733-9429(2003)129:4(298)
I am a graduate member of the Chartered Institution of Water & Environmental Management (CIWEM).
I Chair the Faculty Minor Modifications Panel and regularly Chair Extenuating Circumstances Panels and Examination Boards. I also sit on Academic Conduct Panels.