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Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing.
Penrhyn Road
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey KT1 2EE

Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 9000

Mr Stephen Barnes

School/Department: Aerospace and Aircraft Engineering
Position: Principal Lecturer


A former Avionics Artificer serving in the Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers (REME) I joined further education (FE) as an avionics instructor/lecturer in 1991. My initial duties were instructing on CAA BCAR Section L aircraft maintenance engineering licence courses, however, I also had the opportunity to deliver a number of bespoke courses for aircraft maintenance organisations including British Airways, Britannia Airways, Air Jamaica and Caymen Airways.

In 1996, as a result of being made redundant and other personal issues in my life, I decided to do something totally different: I moved to Trinidad and set up a small disco bar. The break was short-lived; in 1997 I returned to the UK and went back into aircraft engineering in FE. My initial role was primarily working with a colleague to design and develop a JAR 147 approved aircraft engineering licence course. The course became the first JAR 147 approved Basic Training Course to be approved in the UK and I was promoted to Quality Manager for the training organisation. In addition to the duties of the QM I was also responsible for live aircraft work experience placements for students and developing and implementing an on-line training provision for the department. This was something quite new in those days; software was limited, internet access was slow and sporadic and enthusiasm amongst some was very lacking.

In 2001, I joined Kingston University to design, develop and manage an FD in Aircraft Engineering in partnership with KLM UK Engineering. The initial idea grew into a programme of courses comprising: an Introductory Year Zero (EASA Pt66 A Licence course), a two route FD (category B1 and B2 licence courses), and a BEng(Hons) top-up course, and led to the development of an Aeronautical FD with the Royal Navy and an Aviation FD with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) of the Army. The partnership with KLM expanded to a consortium of seven organisations, including a number overseas and, although partners have come and gone over the years, aircraft engineering at KU continues to generate interest worldwide.

Educational and Professional Qualifications

  • 1999 - 2005 Bsc(Hons) (Open)
  • 1999 - 2002 DipIT
  • 1985 - 1987 BTEC HND Engineering

Teaching Area

I am currently the Field Leader and admissions tutor for Aircraft Engineering at KU and the KU Liaison Officer for the partner organisations delivering the courses. These duties take up a good proportion of my time, however, I also manage the KU element of the KUKLM FD course, am the module leader for the part-time Group and Individual Project modules and the project supervisor for the part-time groups. In the past I have lectured/instructed in electrical and electronic engineering and avionic subjects on BCAR and EASA approved aircraft engineering licence courses and delivered bespoke courses for a number of companies in the UK and overseas including British Airways, Britannia Airways, Cayman Airways and Air Jamaica. Most of my current teaching tends to centre around the Group Project module.

Other Professional Activity

2005-7 Member of Royal Aeronautical Society Non Corporate Accreditation Committee

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