Bricklayer turned academic lands fourth professorship

David J Edwards, Professor of Plant and Machinery Management at Birmingham City University, has been awarded his fourth professorship by Deakin University in Victoria, Australia.

The Professor already has a Professorship with Birmingham City University, as well as Visiting Professorships with the University of Johannesburg in South Africa and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana. 

Professor Edwards said: “It is an honour and a privilege to be awarded these titles from peers at such prestigious institutions worldwide. While I am humbled and honoured to receive such accolades, this success is an important reflection upon the quality of teaching and research conducted at Birmingham City University.

“It demonstrates that in key pockets of research, the university is world-leading. Such success would not have been possible without the help of friends and colleagues and the support and mentorship of our former Dean, Professor Mel Lees and the late Frank Harris of the University of Wolverhampton. I am indebted to you all.”

Professor Edwards is renowned globally for his research which includes engineering design and machinery health and safety.

His expertise has seen him work alongside the UK and US Departments of Defence, various government bodies and named as a Ghanaian Chief in a special ceremony held in Kumasi.

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