Dr Konstantinos Poutos


I am the Head of the Department of Civil Engineering, Construction Management, and Surveying, and the Faculty Coordinator for NSS and Student Experience at the Faculty of Engineering, Computing and the Environment. In these roles, I am dedicated to driving academic excellence, fostering innovative research, and enhancing the overall student experience.

I hold a Dipl.-Ing. Civil Engineering degree with Distinction from the University of Patras in Greece, followed by an MSc and PhD specializing in earthquake-resistant structures and sustainable materials. My academic journey continued with a Master in Business Administration (MBA), focusing on resource management and optimization within the higher education sector, with a particular emphasis on the National Student Survey (NSS).

As a recognized leader in my field, I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Member of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transport. My scholarly contributions include an extensive portfolio of journal and conference publications, particularly in the domains of sustainable building materials and the dynamic response of earthquake-resistant buildings. Additionally, I serve as a reviewer for numerous prestigious international scientific journals, further contributing to the advancement of knowledge in my areas of expertise.

My research interests and expertise encompass several critical sectors:

  • Sustainable Materials: Investigating thermal properties, volume stability, and strength behavior to develop eco-friendly building solutions.
  • Finite Element Analysis (FEA): Utilizing advanced FEA techniques to optimize the mechanical and thermal properties of concrete, enhancing structural performance.
  • Dynamic Response of Structural Systems: Analyzing and improving the resilience of buildings and infrastructure against seismic forces through innovative design and material application.
  • Optimization of Structural Systems: Employing FEA software to refine structural designs for superior performance under seismic conditions, ensuring safety and durability.

In my role as Head of Department, I am committed to leading a dynamic and forward-thinking department that excels in research, education, and professional practice. I strive to create a supportive and stimulating environment for both faculty and students, fostering a culture of collaboration, innovation, and continuous improvement.

As the Faculty Coordinator for NSS and Student Experience, I prioritize enhancing the quality of education and the overall student journey. By leveraging insights from the NSS, I implement strategic initiatives aimed at improving student satisfaction, engagement, and academic success. My goal is to ensure that our programs not only meet but exceed the expectations of our students, preparing them for successful careers in civil engineering, construction management, and surveying.

Academic responsibilities

Head of the Department of Civil Engineering, Construction Management, and Surveying - Faculty Coordinator for NSS and Student Experience


  • PhD in Civil Engineering
  • Masters in Business Administration (MBA)
  • MSc In Civil Engineering with Earthquake Engineering
  • Dipl.-Ing. Civil Engineering
  • BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering
  • PgCe in Learing and Teaching in Higher Education

Teaching and learning

Contributions to Learning and Teaching Academic Innovation and Excellence

Throughout my career, I have committed to advancing learning and teaching within civil engineering. My approach integrates innovative pedagogy, student engagement, and curriculum enhancement to provide a dynamic and relevant educational experience.

Curriculum Development and Enhancement

I have led curriculum development initiatives, ensuring alignment with industry standards and evolving educational needs. This includes incorporating cutting-edge research, practical applications, and interdisciplinary approaches to create comprehensive learning experiences.

Student Experience and Engagement

Prioritizing student experience, I have implemented initiatives to enhance engagement, satisfaction, and success. This includes developing interactive learning opportunities, fostering a supportive academic environment, and constructively addressing student feedback.

Continuous Improvement and Quality Assurance

Involved in quality assurance, I ensure our programs meet and exceed regulatory and institutional standards. This includes regular program reviews, accreditation processes, and implementing feedback mechanisms for continuous improvement.

Qualifications and expertise

  • Senior Fellow in Higher Education Academy
  • PGCE Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

Undergraduate courses taught

Postgraduate courses taught


Research interests

Sustainable materials

Use of FEA software for the optimisation of mechanical and thermal properties of concrete.

Dynamic response of structural systems under seismic forces actions.

Use of FEA software for the optimisation of structural systems for better response under seismic actions.

F. Gurkalo, Y.G. Du, K. Poutos, C. Jimenez-Bescos, The nonlinear analysis of an    innovative slit  reinforced concrete water tower in seismic regions, Engineering Structures, Volume 134, 1 March 2017, Pages 138-149

F. Gurkalo, Y.G. Du, K. Poutos, C. Jimenez-Bescos, (2017). The effect of a tower geometry on the efficiency of innovative slit water towers in seismic regions. Journal: Engineering Structures. ENGSTRUCT_2017_489

Anastasia Sofroniou  and Konstantinos Poutos. (2016). Investigating the Effectiveness of Group Work in Mathematics. Journal of Education Science. Volume 6, Issue 30.

K.H. Poutos and Sunny Nwaubani. (2013). Strength Development of Concrete Made With Recycled Glass Aggregates Subjected to Frost Curing Conditions. nternational Journal of Application or Innovation in Engineering & Management. Volume 2, Issue 2, February 2013.

S.O. Nwaubani and K.I. Poutos. (2013). The Influence of Waste Glass Powder Fineness on the Properties of Cement Mortars". International Journal of Application or Innovation in Engineering & Management, Volume 2, Issue 2, February 2013. Pages 110-116. 

F. Gurkalo and K. Poutos. (2012). Dynamic Properties of Watertowers Assembled from Interlocked Panels under Different Loading Conditions. IACSIT International Journal of Engineering and Technology, Vol. 4, No. 5. Pp 649 – 652.

Gurkalo and K. Poutos. (2012). Dynamic Response of a Water Tower Composed of Interlocked Panels. International Journal of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Issue 6, pages 224 to 230.

Konstantinos Poutos. (2012). Low Temperature Curing Effects on Strength of Recycled Glass Aggregates Concrete. 2nd International Microdurability Conference, Section of Materials and Environment, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences of Delft University of Technology Amsterdam 11-13 April 2012.

Gurkalo and K. Poutos. (2013). Dynamic Response of a Water Tower Composed of Interlocked Panels. World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology Amsterdam International Conference. 6-5-2012. Pages 444 to 450.

Filip Gurkalo and Konstantinos Poutos. (2012). Dynamic Performance of Elevated Watertowers Assembled from Interlocked Panels under Different Loading Conditions. 2012 International Conference on Civil Engineering and Materials (ICCEM 2012)

Konstantinos I. Poutos. (2011). Strength development of glass aggregate concrete cured under freezing conditions. Built Environment Department, Faculty of Science and Technology. 1st Annual Research and Scholarship Conference.

 K.I. Poutos,. A. M. Alani, P. J. Walden, C. M. Sangha. (2007). Relative temperature changes within concrete made with recycled glass aggregate. Construction and building materials. Volume 22, Issue 4, April 2008, Pages 557-565

S. O. Nwaubani , K. I. Poutos and Miss Ausra Ceglyte. (2010). The effect of Particle size on the Mechanical & Pozzolanic Properties of Waste Glass in Concrete. Second International Conference on Construction in Developing Countries (ICCIDC-II). August 3-5, 2010, Cairo, Egypt

Konstantinos I. Poutos and Sunny O. Nwaubani. (2010). Influence of Low Temperature Curing on Strength of Concrete Made With Recycled Glass Aggregates. Second International Conference on Construction in Developing Countries (ICCIDC-II). August 3-5, 2010, Cairo, Egypt.

Research student supervision


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Sofroniou, Anastasia, Premnath, Bhairavi and Poutos, Konstantinos (2020) Capturing student satisfaction : a case study on the National Student Survey results to identify the needs of students in STEM related courses for a better learning experience. Education Sciences, 10(12), e378. ISSN (online) 2227-7102

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Leadership and management

Leadership Roles in Learning and Teaching School Director of Learning and Teaching

As School Director of Learning and Teaching, I oversee key performance indicators (KPIs) relevant to student experience and continuation. My responsibilities include:

  • Student Experience: Enhancing student satisfaction and engagement through strategic initiatives.
  • Continuation Rates: Improving retention and progression by addressing factors affecting continuation and developing support mechanisms.
  • Curriculum Development: Leading curriculum innovation to ensure relevance and comprehensiveness.

Associate Dean (Faculty Director L&T)

In my role as Associate Dean, I oversee the National Student Survey (NSS), course revalidations, and quality assurance. My contributions include:

  • NSS Oversight: Implementing action plans based on NSS data to enhance student satisfaction and performance.
  • Course Revalidations: Leading revalidation processes to maintain up-to-date and rigorous programs aligned with academic and industry standards.
  • Quality Assurance: Implementing quality assurance frameworks to uphold high teaching and learning standards.

Strategic Initiatives and Impact

Through my leadership roles, I have driven strategic initiatives that significantly impact academic programs and student outcomes, including:

  • Innovative Teaching Practices: Introducing new methodologies and technologies to enhance learning effectiveness and engagement.
  • Interdisciplinary Collaborations: Promoting projects and collaborations for a holistic learning experience.
  • Student Support Services: Enhancing academic and pastoral support, contributing to higher satisfaction and retention rates.
  • Feedback Integration: Systematically integrating feedback to ensure programs evolve in response to stakeholder needs.

My contributions are characterized by a strategic focus on innovation, quality, and student-cantered approaches. Through my leadership, I have successfully implemented initiatives that enhance academic standards, improve student experiences, and ensure our curricula meet the demands of a dynamic educational landscape.

Qualifications and expertise

  • Masters in Business Administration (MBA) - Effective management of assets in HE