Institute for Transport Studies (ITS)

Industry and academia – working together to teach tomorrow’s transport leaders

Following close consultation with industry, we have realigned our suite of Masters courses to meet industry needs.

Graduates will combine their studies of cutting-edge, research-based theory with a new integrated project, working in teams with colleagues from other transport disciplines to gain an understanding of the multi-disciplinary nature of transport, and the collaborative working practices that operate in today’s transport sector.

“The Advisory Board has worked in partnership with the Institute for Transport Studies to develop a new suite of Masters Degrees that meet the needs of our students and industry. This has ensured a close alignment between teaching, research and our sector’s requirements. The changes address identified skills gaps in the transport sector and will provide an upskilled graduate workforce, able to tackle head-on the future challenges in this fast-changing sector.”

Nigel Foster- Fore Consulting – Chair of the Institute for Transport Studies Advisory Board.

A major part of this refresh has been the launch of the first Master’s Degree on mathematical modelling for transport, created in response to industry demand.

While mathematical models have been relied upon to understand, analyse and design transportation systems for many decades, we are in a time of rapid change. New technologies are being harnessed to deliver new mobility services, and huge volumes of data promise to reveal our changing patterns of movement. Employers are demanding mathematically fluent graduates to develop tools and produce evidence to understand these interconnected complex systems of transportation needs.

The launch and enrolment of the first cohort of students in September 2016 coincides with the opening of our new £4million facilities which includes shared teaching space to enable students to work collaboratively

“Our goal is to train better technically equipped graduates with relevant skills for the future, who are also able to think and work across disciplinary boundaries.”

Professor Greg Marsden – Director of the Institute for Transport Studies

All courses are available to study full- or part-time, and the Institute offers an extensive range of standalone Continuing Professional Development (CPD) modules, shaped to industry needs, to provide relevant training for today’s transport practitioners.

Further information

  • Members of Institute for Transport Studies’ Advisory Board:
Name Company
Graeme Clarke Siemens Rail Systems
Jo Binstead Siemens Rail Systems
Helen Finch Jaguar Land Rover
Elaine Seagriff Transport for London
Graham Pendlebury Department for Transport
Cathy Miller Department for Transport
Keith McNally CPT East Midlands & Yorkshire
Jonathan Pugh Network Rail
Sarah Kendall Kendall Wallace LTD
Tom Van Vuren Mott MacDonald
Alastair Gordon ARUP
Anna Vickers ARUP
Kate Morris AECOM
Rob Sheldon Accent
Paul Roberts WYCA
Richard Allen Northern Rail
Richard Davies Department for Transport
Alex Hynes Northern Rail
Nicola Kane TfGM
Chris Nutton First TransPennine Express
Richard Marshall Highways England
Greg Marsden Institute for Transport Studies
Nigel Foster Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds / Fore Consulting
Karen Lucas Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds
Tony Whiteing Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds
Simon Shepherd Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds
Erik Thomasson Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds
Andrew Smith Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds
Samanatha Jamson Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds
Natasha Merat Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds
Rich Romano Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds
Charles Fox Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds
Jillian Anable Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds
David Dawson School of Civil Engineering, University of Leeds
Richard Batley Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds
Robin Lovelace Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds
David Watling Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds
  • For further information or for interview requests with Alumni or Industry contacts, please contact Damine Patel d.patel@leeds.ac.uk
  • For information on our range of full or part-time courses and CPD Modules please contact Tony Whiteing A.E.Whiteing@its.leeds.ac.uk.
  • if you are looking to recruit well-qualified graduates please contact Jodie Morrison for more information.

We may also like to get involved in our annual employer visits, delivering a presentation to students, interviewing them, or simply sending in a job vacancy advertisement for circulation to current students and/or alumni.