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I am a lecturer in the School of Engineering & Computing, UWS, Paisley Campus. I have a teaching interest in management studies, sustainable construction, construction management, construction technology & logistics and dissertation writing. In research, key interest include engineering education and wider pedagogical studies, team working in project environments, construction framework agreement, corporate dynamics and the management of construction supply chains.

Area of academic expertise - outline

My primary area of interest is construction management and in particular supply chain management, economic exchange and construction procurement. In particular, much has been made about supply chain management in construction and considerable attention given to early industry adopters. From an organizational institutionalism perspective of innovation, diffusion and development; non-adoption is of equally significant interest.  Other research interests embrace the following themes; teams and team working in a project environment, organisational learning, governance and institutional behaviour.

Current research activities

I am currently focused on construction and engineering educational studies. Pedagogical studies include new methods of introducing undergraduate civil engineers to construction technology, best practice for undergraduate visits to construction sites and anticipatory socialization of civil engineering undergraduates.

Target collaborative companies

Construction organizations with interest in supply chain management and Principal Supply Chain Partners (PSCP) and members working in construction framework agreements (public sector).

Target collaborative organisations

Construction organizations with interest in framework agreement / engagement with Scottish Futures Trust (SFT) and interest in supply chain management strategies.

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

Engineering education

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Research Output 1996 2018

Industrial work placement in Higher Education: a study of civil engineering student engagement

Tennant, S., Murray, M., Gilmour, B. & Brown, L. 1 Apr 2018 In : Industry and Higher Education. 32, 2, p. 1-11 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
civil engineer
data capture

Problematizing the ‘Career Academic’ in UK construction and engineering education: does the system want what the system gets?

Pilcher, N., Forster, A., Tennant, S., Murray, M. I. & Craig, N. 12 Dec 2017 In : European Journal of Engineering Education. 42, 6, p. 1477-1495 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
academic career

Talk the talk and walk the walk: are career academics gatekeepers to my tacit knowledge?

Murray, M. I., Tennant, S., Forster, A., Craig, N., Copping, A. & Pilcher, N. 6 Jun 2017 In : Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice. 5, 2, p. 112-114

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
academic career

The fall and rise of experiential construction and engineering education: decoupling and recoupling practice and theory

Forster, A., Pilcher, N., Tennant, S., Murray, M. I., Craig, N. & Copping, A. 12 Jul 2017 In : Higher Education Pedagogies . 2, p. 79-100

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
experiential education

Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE): A BREEAM Excellent Case Study

Tierney, G. & Tennant, S. 5 Sep 2016 Proceedings 32nd Annual ARCOM Conference: 5-7 September 2016, Manchester UK. Chan, P. W. & Neilson, C. J. (eds.). Association of Researchers in Construction Management, p. 415 - 424 10 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
Construction industry
Water supply
Climate change

Activities 2012 2017

  • 2 Publication peer-review
  • 2 Membership of committee
  • 1 Types of External academic engagement - Membership of peer review panel or committee
  • 1 Oral presentation

External Adviser

Tennant, S. (Examiner)

Activity: Types of External academic engagement - Membership of peer review panel or committee

ARCOM (External organisation)

Tennant, S. (Member)
2016 → …

Activity: Membership of committee

Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management (Journal)

Tennant, S. (Peer reviewer)
2015 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review

Construction Management and Economics (Journal)

Tennant, S. (Peer reviewer)
2015 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review