Name Peter Mills
Job Title

Head of the Department of Civil Engineering

Faculty Faculty of Science and Engineering
School School of Architecture and Build Environment
Subject(s) Civil Engineering
Tel 01902 321723

Peter Mills

Peter is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Head of the Department of Civil Engineering. He has a broad scope of engineering experience ranging from marine engineering within merchant ships to dam projects in Africa. Peter is a committed lecturer and leads a team of professional staff. He consistently receives positive feedback from the students and has excellent working relationships with the administrative and academic staff.

Peter is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He maintains close links with industry and is a Past Chair of the West Midlands ICE Main Committee. He is a Professional Reviewer for the Institution of Civil Engineers. His wealth of engineering and life experiences has enabled him to lecture across several specializations, including Geotechnical Engineering, Mechanics, Structural Analysis and Design, Water Engineering, Construction Materials, Surveying and Engineering Drawing.

His research interests include the education of engineers and the synergies between professional body requirements and academic practices.

He enjoys an active lifestyle and is kept busy with four children, ranging from twelve years old to twenty. He enjoys camping, hiking, cycling and is a playing member of his local golf and rugby clubs. He currently coaches the under thirteens rugby team and has just stepped down after three seasons as captain of the Stafford Vets rugby team. For many years he has been a platelet donor. 

Geotechnical engineering: grouting of dams, pile design. The education of engineers. 

The education of engineers; the factors that contribute to failure for students.

The social impact of civil engineering: labour intensive construction, sustainable construction practices.

Chartered Civil Engineer (CEng, MICE), Past Chair of the West Midlands ICE, Professional Reviewer, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Impacts and Issues of Dams and Reservoirs. Tannahill. K, Mills. P, Booth. C in Booth, C and Charlesworth. S. (ed) Water Resources in the Built Environment. Chichester, Wiley & Sons, 2014

Part-time students in the workforce. A guide to practice in course provision.  Davies. J, Counter. B, Davison. M, Luke. S, Mills.P. A National HE STEM funded project, July 2012.

Part-time students in the workforce – enhancing practice in course provision.  Engineering Education Conference, Coventry University 18-20 September 2012. Davies. J, Counter. B, Davison. M, Luke. S, Mills.P.


Civil Engineering Degrees : fit for the future? Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers

Municipal Engineer Themed Issue – Future needs in municipal engineering, Volume 164, Issue ME4, Dec 2011

Analysis of a diagnostic and support programme for improved learning of Civil Engineering students.Engineering Education Conference, AstonUniversity 4-6 July 2010


A Critical Assessment of the Guidelines for the Implementation of Labour Intensive Infrastructure Projects Under the Expanded Public Works Programme, based on the Experience of Three Municipal Water Reticulation Schemes in KwaZulu Natal. WORK 2005, the Second International Conference on Employment Creation in Development, WitsUniversity, 5-9 September 2005.


Grouting Details of the Kirandich River Dam Project, with Particular Reference to the Problems Encountered at the Kirandich Fault Zone, Kabarnet, Kenya.Young Geotechnical Engineers Conference, Stellenbosch (April 2000).