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Howard Foster PGCE, MBA, BSc (Engineering) is a Senior lecturer at the University of  Cumbria and an experienced primary teacher.  Prior to working in Education, he gained experience in heavy engineering as an assembler and designer of cranes and large structural projects before moving into the design and production management of leading edge high volume safety products within the automotive safety industry where he obtained several global patents that were subsequently put into production in motor vehicles worldwide.  He has also had a design feature on the BBC design awards TV program.

Qualifications and memberships

MBA (Newcastle University Business School)

BSc Engineering Liverpool (John Moores Liverpool)



Academic and research interests




UG – Development of High velocity grinding wheel material

MBA – The marketing of Total Quality Management within a multi-National organisation (Allied Signal)

Research supervision

Engineer - Numerous Vehicle Crash Safety Systems (R&D)


Currently writing a book chapter on Teaching Design Technology for Sage Publishing.

Recent external roles

Teach mathematics at CPTT

Visited Romania as part of Pristine project