Dr Peter Cumber

BSc, PhD

Associate Professor (T&S) - Mechanical Engineering
+44 131 451 3532


Teaching Group

Mechanical Engineering

Additional Roles

4th Year Coordinator

5th Year Coordinator

Senior Admissions Tutor – EPS

External Examiner – RGU – Offshore Engineering MSc’s, 2019 – present

External Reviewer - Master of Fire Engineering Programme at University of Canterbury, New Zealand, 2013

Teaching Interests

Thermodynamics, Heat Transfer, Dynamics, Computational Fluid Dynamics


Peter Cumber has been working in university education for the last 20 years.  In that time, he has worked in many roles within the Mechanical Engineering Department.  His quality of teaching has been recognised by the award of several teaching prizes such as:

  • Awarded University of Canterbury, New Zealand, Erskine Teaching    Fellowship, 2013
  • Exon Mobil Excellence in Teaching, 2011

Before his career in university education, he worked in industry at the Fire Research Station, 1987-1990, and then Advantica Technologies Ltd, (formerly British Gas Research), 1990-2001.  This was primarily as a consultant safety engineer undertaking research into industrial safety.


Main areas of research interest are:  educational research applied to promoting engagement of the student cohort, thermal radiation modelling, fire safety modelling and application of the Monte-Carlo method to engineering problems.