Dr. Phillip Atcliffe

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

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Contact Details

Newton Building - Room UG15

Please email to arrange an appointment.

Current positions

Senior Lecturer in Aeronautical Engineering


Born 1956 in Melbourne, Australia.

Educated at Melbourne High School (5 A-level equivalents).

Tertiary Education:

  • BEng (Aero, Hons), Sydney University
  • PhD in Hypersonic Aerodynamics, College of Aeronautics, Cranfield Institute of Technology

Professional Career:

  • Two years at Aeronautical Research Laboratories, Melbourne, working on Fatigue Analysis, Helicopter Performance and Systems Modelling, and Flight Test Data Processing.
  • Six years at Government Aircraft Factories, Melbourne, working on Aeroelasticity and Structural Design.
  • Four years at British Aerospace, Kingston, working on Structural Design, particularly hot gas systems.
  • Twelve years at the University of the West of England, Bristol, as lecturer in Aeronautics and Aircraft Propulsion.
  • From 2005 to date at Salford.


  • Aerodynamics
  • Aircraft Performance
  • Flight Dynamics
  • Aircraft Propulsion
  • Thermodynamics
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Aircraft Design
  • Experimental Methods

Research Interests

  • Super- and Hypersonic Aerodynamics
  • Aircraft Configuration Design
  • Public Awareness and Engagement with STEM

Qualifications and Memberships


  • Chartered Engineer
  • Australian Private Pilot’s License


  • Member, Royal Aeronautical Society
  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • STEMNet Ambassador