Dr Peter Crabtree

Deputy Dean for Quality, Curriculum and the Student Experience

Faculty:Faculty of Science & Technology

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Built environment

A chartered builder and surveyor with over 25 years' teaching and management experience, Peter ensures our courses are delivered professionally, our teaching meets the highest possible standards and our student satisfaction remains high.

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After graduating from Aston University with a degree in civil engineering, Peter worked on a wide range of engineering projects as both a site and project engineer and site manager. He then moved into teaching specialising in construction technology and design, construction management and practice-based learning. Before becoming one of our Deputy Deans, Peter worked as Course Leader and Course Group Leader for Construction before becoming Deputy Head and then Head of our Department of Engineering and the Built Environment.

Peter has held a number of other posts, working as both an external examiner and as an educational expert for the CIOB’s vocational education panel. He has considerable senior management experience at both and vast knowledge of curriculum design and delivery. He's also undertaken substantial CPD work for businesses on construction and project management.

Research interests

  • Peter’s research focuses on the links between professional competence, capability and academic processes and he has identified the key components and linkages in a theoretically informed model that proposes the use of a Graduate Skills Framework for Construction Management. This new-found understanding and toolkit promotes the teaching of employability skills alongside personal development planning in a structured programme of work-based learning.

Areas of research supervision

  • Peter is currently assisting in the supervision of two doctoral students in the Faculty of Science & Technology.


  • DProf Built Environment, Anglia Ruskin University
  • MSc Construction Management, University of Bath
  • BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering, Aston University
  • Certificate in Education, Essex Institute of Higher Education

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Fellow, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS)
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Building (FCIOB)
  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Selected recent publications

Crabtree P.J., compiled, 2010. Technology and Design. Harlow: Pearson Education.

Recent presentations and conferences

Crabtree, P.J., Frame, C.I. and Coday, A.E., 2010. Work-Based Learning for the Built Environment. Proceedings of COBRA 2010.