Dr Gavin Bunting
Associate Professor & SMaRT Assistant Chief Executive
Telephone: (01792) 602802
Room: Research Director's Office - 013
Ground Floor
Institute of Structural Materials
Bay Campus

Responsible for Employability and Regional Engagement strategies for the College. Represents the College of Engineering on the Swansea Employability Academy (SEA) Management Board, the SEA Strategy Group and the College and University Strategic Partnerships Internal Management Group.

Working in the areas of sustainability, circular economy, government policy, internationalisation of higher education and transnational education.

Research interests include sustainability, circular economy, government policy, internationalisation of higher education and transnational education.

Listen to Swansea University's Exploring Global Problems Podcast where Dr Bunting discusses the circular economy and why it's important we discourage the throwaway culture.


  1. (HEA), H., Bunting, G. Internationalising Higher Education Framework York Higher Education Academy
  2. Bunting, G., Huxtable, L., Clement, M. Strategic Solutions for Resource Efficiency The 13th International Conference of the Greening of Industry Network - Integration and Communication: A Clear Route to Sustainability?
  3. Bunting, G., Jones, A., Richards, H., Brooks, S. Low Carbon Wales: Regional Priorities for Action London Sustainable Development Commission


  • EG-233 Placement Preparation: Engineering Industrial Year

    This generic cross-disciplinary module is for all students who have enrolled (or transferred) onto the Engineering Year in Industry scheme. The module focuses on the underpinning and fundamental requisites required to gain, enter and progress effectively through an industrial placement. Learners will be introduced to a) sourcing placements, CV writing and application techniques; (b) interview techniques - how to pitch yourself and be successful; (c) workplace fundamentals and IP awareness, behaviours and expectations; (d) key employability skills; getting the most from your Industrial Placement; and (e) health and safety in the workplace.

  • EG-E01 Industrial Placement Year (Engineering)

    The industrial placement year (often referred to as the Year in Industry) takes place after Year 2 for BEng students and after Year 2 or Year 3 for MEng students. Students may enrol on programmes with an industrial placement year at the beginning of their studies, subject to appropriate enhanced entry qualifications, or may transfer to such a programme at the start of Year 2 (for BEng students) or at the start of Year 2/Year 3 (for MEng students). Year in Industry prep starts in Year 1, with an introductory lecture and CV workshop at the end of TB2. CVs will be submitted and vetted in Year 1. In Year 2 students are required to attend preparatory lectures, that cover various topics, such as job applications, interview techniques, telephone interviews, etc. Please note that these lectures are delivered at Year 2 in EG-233. MEng students are permitted to take their intercalary year after Year 2 or Year 3; however the prep sessions are only run at Year 2, this is due to timetabling matters. The onus to apply and find a placement is that of the student. If successful in attaining a placement, a student will complete a minimum of 40 weeks in a paid placement in companies across the UK and, in some cases, abroad. The aim of the module is to document the student¿s professional development along the Engineering Council UK-SPEC guidelines. The mode of assessment is described in the relevant section. .

  • EG-M110 Circular Economy and Sustainable Engineering

    The module has been designed to promote the role of circular economy and sustainable engineering within industry, commerce and society. It will equip graduates with the knowledge and skills to help industry and commerce to reduce their environmental impacts and support the objectives of sustainable development. Topics will include: life cycle analysis, chain less supply chains, circular economy, Industry 4.0, design for disassembly/re-use/re-manufacture/recycling.

  • EGTM79 Environmental Analysis and Legislation

    This module presents the principles of life cycle analysis and Circular Economy. It covers the assessment of resource conservation by optimal use of resources, including consideration of primary extraction processes, design/manufacturing/fabrication, improving product life and end of life usage. It also reviews the current and planned European legislation that is of relevance to materials and energy and considers its implementation in the UK.


  • How digital tools enable collaboration between small, medium and large business and government in Wales in pursuit of circular economy outcomes? (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Simon Brooks

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
September 2013 Present Academic Lead for Sustainability and Senior Lecturer in Engineer University of Wales Trinity Saint David
January 2013 Present Chair of the Research and Practice Network on Transnational Educ Higher Education Academy (HEA)
January 2012 Present Senior Lecturer – Sustainability, Energy and Engineering University of Wales
2010 Present Senior Policy Advisor – Energy and Climate Change Sustainable Development Commission
2010 Present Technium Manager Technium Sustainable Technologies / Swansea University
2009 Present Energy Advisor (Part-Time Secondment) Energy and Industry Team, Welsh Assembly Government
2005 Present Research Officer Technium Sustainable Technologies / Swansea University
2005 Present Analysis Engineer Fujitsu Europe Limited

Academic History

Date Qualification Location
2005 PhD Engineering Swansea University / Airbus
2000 MRes (Research Masters) Swansea University
1999 BEng (Hons) Materials Science and Engineering Swansea University
2013 Developing Professional Practice in Higher Education University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Invited Presentations, Lectures and Conferences

Date Description
May 2014 EAUC Annual Conference, “Tips and tools for creating a better future - an analysis of the process of change”
May 2014 Inside Government, Afternoon Keynote, “The Future of Transnational Education”
February 2014 Internationalisation of the Curriculum and Transnational Education Research and Practice Networks Conference
September 2013 Research-Teaching Practice in Wales Conference
July 2013 HEA Annual Conference
October 2012 Sustainability Knowledge Alliance at the Royal Academy of Engineering
May 2012 Green Academy Conference
March 2009 Green Jobs Conference
November 2007 Energy Solutions Expo
July 2006 The Greening of Industry Network Conference
November 2005 Technium Associate Membership Launch

Public Engagements

  • Selected by the US Embassy as a key influencer throughout the UK to participate in their International Visitor Leadership Program on Climate Change and Alternative Energy.
  • Working as a climate change expert on a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) initiative. My advice and advocacy led to a Welsh Government Minister signing an agreement with the UNDP to help Uganda develop initiatives to tackle climate change.

External Responsibilities

  • Member, Sustainability Knowledge Alliance

    2012 - 2014

  • Member, John Adams Society

    2011 - Present

  • Advisory Panel Member, Low Carbon Research Institute (LCRI)

    2011 - 2013

  • Member, Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship Gro

    2010 - Present

  • Chair of the UW, Education for Sustainable Development Working Group

    2011 - 2013

  • Member, HEA Learning for Employment Group

    2012 - 2013

  • Member, Existing Homes Alliance Wales

    2009 - Present

  • Steering Group Member, Wales Low/Zero Carbon Hub

    2009 - 2010

  • Judge, Wales Environment Awards

    2010 - 2011