Dr James Holness
Associate Professor
Telephone: (01792) 602982
Room: Academic Office - A215
Second Floor
Engineering East
Bay Campus

Dr James Holness is responsible for International Collaborations for the College of Engineering, including TNE, teaching, recruitment, research and student mobility. He has experience in the corporate, consultancy and educational sector in product and business development, negotiation, marketing and recruitment with significant experience in most regions of the globe.

James teaches in the areas of entrepreneurship, project management and personal development.

Internationally he has guest lectured in the following:

Studying Engineering in the UK
Research at Swansea University College of Engineering
Personal Development for Engineers (Leadership, team development & Communication) – workshops and lectures
Entrepreneurship for Engineering – workshops and lectures
Swansea University & the BloodHound SSC Project
Development of Bicycles for Racing
The Swansea University Engineering Zambia Humanitarian Mission 2014

Following on from early career research in the areas of anti-corrosion systems and composite structures, his research is being redeveloped into the areas of social entrepreneurship in engineering and crisis management facilities which support his personal interests in International Development and Humanitarian work.


  • EG-D10 Team Project & Individual Dissertation

    The module is where this program ultimately culminates with the final development stages and realisation of a team based project (as defined at the recruitment stage) with individual aspects considered and assessed as a final dissertation submission. The nature of the dissertation will be dependent on the nature of the specialisation of the participant. During the period of this module, a preparatory period will be followed by participants spending (or utilising remote engineering techniques) a period of circa. 3 weeks in-country delivering the project, with support from academic team leads and other supporting staff, stakeholders or collaborators. This will be concluded with a debrief and final dissertation writing period.

  • EG-M47 Leadership Development

    To show the concepts/characteristics behind Leadership and "Entrepreneurial Thinking" and to broadly enhance "key skills¿ critical for employability and business start up; raising awareness of the skills, methods and tools that will develop a ¿global engineer¿, capable of operating as a "holistic" practitioner within multidisciplinary teams in any environment.

  • EGSM10 Entrepreneurship for Research Engineers

    To show the concepts and characteristics behind Enterprise and Entrepreneurs and to demonstrate the skills allowing an individual or group to operate succesfully in an Entrepreneurial manner in a personal start-up or corporate business environment.

  • EGSM18 Project Management

    At the end of this course students will be able to recognise and define the key characteristics and components of a project, understand the advantages/disadvantages associated with the management of both small and large projects, and have an appreciation of the strategic tools and techniques available to enable "Effective Project Management" leading to high performance team. These skills will be reinforced by the completion of a group project to produce an initial feasibility report (e.g. project plan document) for a major new project.

  • EGSM20 Concept Development and Application Pt2

    The module is the second part of two that involve the application of personal, professional, project management and both ¿library¿ and field based research skills to develop an approach to the solution of the specific group and individual projects, The participant will gain experience in working independently and in a group on the team and individually assigned element of the project, utilising basic accepted planning procedures. This second part is ¿in-country¿ (field) based and will be approximately one week in duration. During this period, participants will gather field data through community engagement to ensure key stakeholder and end user requirements are met. Consideration will also be given to impact evaluation and monitoring and a revised project plan will be developed. It will require and develop self-organisation and the critical evaluation of options and results, as well as developing technical knowledge in the chosen topic, all in a ¿real¿ field environment.

  • EGSM28 Leadership, Team Development, Communication and Engagement

    This module is designed to utilise contemporary psychology theories to develop individual and group awareness of personal attributes and group characteristics salient to leadership and effective membership of a team. This is then applied directly using self and group reflection, discussion and debate and exercises to establish team roles and ¿hammer together¿ pre-defined teams. This will allow them to move closer to being an ¿effective team¿ and ultimately increase success throughout the program. Effective communication will be promoted throughout the module, in terms of leadership and team work alongside engagement with internal and external stakeholders, to include such areas as sales, marketing and personal branding.


  • "Application of integrated renewables in closed sanitation system" (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Ian Mabbett
    Other supervisor: Dr Ian Mabbett
  • Transforming engineering education for a transition to sustainable futures. (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof David Worsley
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Patricia Xavier