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Professor Cris Arnold

Professor, General Engineering

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 295749

Email address

Research Links

Deputy Head of College - A_104
First Floor
Engineering Central
Bay Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision


Cris Arnold is Deputy Head of College and Director of Learning and Teaching for the College of Engineering, with oversight of all of the undergraduate and taught masters programmes within Engineering. In addition to this role, he is actively engaged with teaching at all levels, especially in the areas of polymer and composite materials, but also extending to structural analysis and environmental issues.

He has a long experience of working collaboratively with industry, on joint research projects, technology transfer and industry-embedded education. This includes supervision of over 40 doctorate and masters students and almost 100 publications with an H index of 17. He leads the Degree Apprenticeship schemes in Engineering, delivered in partnership between Swansea University and Coleg Cambria. 

Areas Of Expertise

  • Mechanical performance and characterisation of polymer and composite materials
  • Long-term durability, including degradation and weathering mechanisms
  • Environmental impact assessment and recycling of materials

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests
  • Materials Engineering, especially polymers and composites
  • Structural analysis and mechanical performance of materials
  • Environmental impact assessment and life cycle analysis
  • Engineering Education, especially the collaborative provision with industrial partners

Main areas of activity are: Long-term lifetime assessment of polymers and polymer-based composites; Weathering of polymeric materials and coatings; Effects of liquids on polymers and polymer-based composites; Recycling of polymers and composites; Environmental impact assessment.

Much of the research is industry-linked, and has included supervision of over 40 doctorate and masters students and almost 100 publications with an H index of 17.