The development of closer ties with industry, recruitment of more students to study apprenticeships and expansion into areas of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) prompted the creation of a new senior role at the University of Cumbria and the appointment of Professor Andrew Gale in July 2017, coming from The University of Manchester’s Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, where he is Professor Emeritus. At Cumbria he is based in the Institute of Business, Industry and Leadership.

The Institute is leading the development of education and research provision for industry and public sector led demand for education, training, consultancy and research. Professor Gale has a strategic role focusing on project management education and research and working with public and private sector employers and other organisations.

Andrew has a background in creating opportunities such as his collaboration in the successful delivery of the Project Academy for Sellafield, worth over £13m. At Manchester he led the development of project management education for industry in the UK, USA, Singapore, Russia and Rwanda. Professor Gale's role is key to the future development of the Institute of Business, Industry and Leadership at the University of Cumbria.

Qualifications and memberships


Academic and research interests

  • Management of projects (people and organisation)
  • Professional development, education and training in project management
  • Art and design project process 

Recent Research and Consultancy Studies

  • Project Management Systems – Sellafield Limited
  • Loss of containment of non-radiological materials in the nuclear sector – Health and Safety Executive
  • Managing project uncertainty in safety critical industries

PhD Projects – seeking scholars

  • The determinants and anatomy of art and design projects


Recent Publications

Clay, M., Kidd, M., Gale, A., Boardman, T., Murphy, J., Wynn, T., Naylor, S. and Ellwood, J. (2020) ‘, Process Safety and Environmental Protection, 136. pp. 203-213. Publication link:

Mohammed, N., Edwards, R. and Gale, A. (2018) ‘Optimisation of Flooding Recovery for Malaysian Universities’, Procedia Engineering, Vol 212, pp 356-362. DOI 10.016./j.proeng.2018.01.046. Publication link:

Craveiro, F., Bartolo, H.M., Gale, A., Duarte, J.P. and Bartolo, P.J. (2017) ‘A design tool for resource-efficient fabrication of 3d-graded structural building components using additive manufacturing’. Automation in Construction. Publication link:

Saunders, F., Gale, A., and Sherry, A. (2016) ‘Responding to project uncertainty: Evidence for high reliability practices in large-scale safety-critical projects’, International Journal of Project Management34(7), 1252–1265. DOI: 1016/j.ijproman.2016.06.008. Publication link: 2a008cd4-9b6b-4ac4-a953-1be1f4837537

Saunders, F. C., Gale, A. W., and Sherry, A. H. (2016) ‘Mapping the multi-faceted: Determinants of uncertainty in safety-critical projects’, International Journal of Project Management. DOI: 1016/j.ijproman.2016.02.003. Publication link: 2b5e8034-6b85-4a24-8043-a082e96a5950

Saunders, F., Sherry, A., & Gale, A. (2016) ‘Dualities and dilemmas: Contending with uncertainty in large-scale safety-critical projects’. Construction Management and Economics34(9), 657-675. DOI: 1080/01446193.2016.1196824. Publication link: 76f7ee57-85c5-4d63-90bc-6534ee7c6ebe

Saunders, F., Gale, A. W., & Sherry, A. H. (2015) ‘Mapping the multi-faceted: identifying the determinants of uncertainty in safety-critical projects’, In (pp. 1-33). Warsaw, Poland: EURAM. Publication link: a1df69d0-5a06-481a-a7cf-632be1fc180d

Gale, A. W., & Prinja, N. K. (2015)  ‘Skills: The nuclear skills and technology management gap and how it should and can be closed’, Nuclear Future11(2), 58-63. Publication link: c81ce58c-520a-4d2c-92cc-ea54a799d355

Saunders, F. C., Gale, A., & Sherry, A. (2015) ‘Conceptualising uncertainty in safety-critical projects: a practitioner perspective’, International Journal of Project Management33(2), 467-478. DOI: 1016/j.ijproman.2014.09.002. Publication link: 142accfe-9ae3-4506-b533-e150869d6f52

Sherry, A., Anderson, K., Gale, A., McLachlan, C., Saunders, F., and Jones, C. (2014) Hinckley Point C New Nuclear Power Station, State Aid and UK Investment Contract, Report for the European Commission’, Publication link: 9ffc154c-c602-43e3-b4d6-b9f1a0117589

Saunders, F.C., Gale, A.W. and Sherry. A.H. (2013) ‘Confronting uncertainty: perceptions and practices of project managers in safety-critical industries’, EurOMA Conference, Dublin, June 7th-12th 2013 Publication link: 50ec2ccf-3ae3-4822-bd4a-9f8e48b4c226

Saunders, F.C., Gale, A.W. and Sherry. A.H. (2013) ‘Understanding project uncertainty in safety-critical industries’, PMI Global Congress, Istanbul, April 22nd -25th 2013, Publication link: 3c0cc069-3d5d-4f1e-b443-65868ee4a971

Recent external roles


  • Professor Emeritus, Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, Faculty of Science and Engineering, The University of Manchester, since 2017


  • Co-Vice Chair Global Accreditation Center – Project Management Institute, Philadelphia, USA 2008-2017
  • Member of Senate, British University in Dubai, Dubai, UAE, 2007- 2017
  • Member of the Nuclear Industry Council Trade & Investment Working Group, 2014-2016


  • 2017 Award of recognition for leadership and commitment to the NTU-UoM joint MSc Project Management Programme, Singapore, from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • 2006 The University of Manchester Teacher of the Year Award
  • 2000 Highly Commended Paper Award Women in Management Review
  • 1997 Chartered Institute of Building Research Innovation Award Research Papers Competition jointly with Dr Jun Luo
  • 1995 Outstanding Paper Award Women in Management Review